06 May 2018

speedy dinners


  • DINNER IN A FLASH

    Put these quick, no-fuss recipes to the test, any day of the week, and transform simple dishes into something special with haste.


  • Panko-crumbed-chicken-with-sticky-soy-and-sesame-rice

    Coated in a crunchy layer of panko crumbs, this flavoursome chicken makes a winning mid-week meal.


  • Tahini chickpea and spinach fritters

    Mix, pour and flip these vegetarian fritters, and serve warm alongside a simple salad.


  • Caramelised leek and broccoli fish pie

    Have a nutritious and warming dinner on the table in less than half an hour when you make this simple fish pie.


  • Baked chilli tofu and kale noodles with black sesame dressing

    Easy, satisfying and bursting with flavour, this tofu noodle dish ticks all the boxes on a chilly weeknight.


  • Char-grilled chicken with green chilli and corn salsa

    As colourful as it is quick to make, this Mexican-inspired dish comes together in next-to-no time.


  • Cheat's chilli, duck and basil stir-fry

    Trade in the take-away for this crowd-pleasing and super-speedy stir-fry, featuring chilli jam and fragrant Thai basil.


  • Chilli and lime pork skewers with buttered ginger rice

    A kick of citrus and touch of chilli makes these bright and light pork skewers the perfect pairing for a bed of ginger-spiced rice.

Cut down on time spent cooking, without compromising on flavour, with this collection of simple, speedy meals that are ideal for the mid-week rush. 

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03 May 2018

Create the perfect Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day on its way, Donna shares her tips for indulging the mothers in your life with thoughtful gifts, fresh blooms and delicious homemade treats. 

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29 April 2018

how to: vegan pesto

There’s nothing like a fresh, homemade pesto to uplift meals to gourmet status, and these dairy-free recipes are a perfect match for pasta, noodles, grilled vegetables and more. 

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24 April 2018

Donna’s travel essentials

Those who’ve travelled for work, or at a less-than-leisurely pace, will know the difference a thoughtfully packed carry-on case can make on a flight. In collaboration with Estee Lauder, we take a look at what Donna takes travelling, and share her tips for perfecting the art of in-flight packing. 

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20 April 2018

cooking with…beetroot

  • Cooking with beetroot

    Beetroots are incredibly simple to cook with, versatile and nourishing. This vegetable has added flavour to a range of our recipes!


  • Beef and beetroot curry

    Beetroot perfectly compliments the tender beef in this sensational curry.


  • Beetroot and feta burger

    Tasty and healthy, these beetroot and feta burgers are perfect for a quick dinner!


  • Roasted heirloom beetroot kale and goats cheese quiche

    You'll win over any dinner party with this delightful and impressive quiche!


  • Red velvet cupcakes with creamy ricotta icing

    Who doesn't love red velvet cupcakes? Top these treats with beetroot chips for a unique finish.


  • Roast beef fillet with raw beetroot salad

    Shake up your roast beef dish with an exotic raw beetroot salad on the side!


  • Beetroot red cabbage and caraway sauerkraut

    Our fascinating take on sauerkraut will boost any dish!


  • Roast spicy chicken with beetroot lentils and herbed yoghurt

    Looking to spice up a simple roast chicken? This recipe will take it to the next level.


  • Beetroot cashew and orange smoothie popsicle

    Satisfy your sweet tooth craving with these refreshing, healthy popsicles.

Beetroots pop with delicious flavours, vibrant colour and contain tremendous health benefits! We have collated some of our favourite recipes that incorporate the beetroots rustic charm. 

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06 April 2018

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04 April 2018

OUR FAVOURITE: NOURISHING SOUPS

  • NOURISHING SOUPS

    Slow down and curl up with a bowl of warming, nutrient-rich soup – wonderful for simple weeknight suppers, warming weekday lunches and leisurely weekend feasts.


  • Tomato and root vegetable minestrone

    Ensure you’re getting your daily vegetable intake with this energising take on a classic Italian minestrone.


  • Chickpea and broccoli soup with pecorino croutons

    Topped with crispy sourdough breadcrumbs, this vibrant broccoli soup is bolstered by chickpeas and enhanced with pecorino cheese.


  • Chicken meatball soup with cavolo nero

    A hot, clear broth with tasty chicken meatballs and greens is a virtuous meal for any day of the week.


  • Ham lentil and kale soup

    A wholesome bowl that will go a long way, this soup borders on a stew with its combination of puy lentils, ham hock, macaroni and kale.


  • Mushroom and ginger soup with turkey dumplings and greens

    Lightly spiced with ginger and filled with protein-rich ingredients, this soup is guaranteed to satisfy on cool evenings.


  • Chicken soup

    Perfect for those feeling a little under the weather, this chicken noodle soup is a feel-good feast.


  • Sweet potato harissa soup tahini crispy chickpeas

    This vibrant orange bowl is flavoured with harissa and creamy tahini, and given a protein-boost by chickpeas.


  • Roasted sweet potato and coconut soup

    Those who love a classic pumpkin soup will love this creamy sweet potato blend on a winter’s night.

Those seeking solace in a rounded meal during the cooler months can take time to enjoy a soothing bowl of soup – filled with the season’s starring vegetables and immune-boosting ingredients.

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29 March 2018

how to: hot cross buns

​A warm, fresh-from-the-oven hot cross bun is always a welcomed sight come Easter time. Follow our simple step-by-step recipe to bake the perfect batch this year! Click on the steps to reveal the full recipe.

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08 March 2018

Autumnal Getaway

  • With the arrival of crisp, cool mornings comes daydreams of a getaway to a dreamy Maldives resort. Cue Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani - the embodiment of barefoot luxury...

  • Lay down a luxe beach towel and enjoy a sunrise breakfast or sip on an icy cold almond and blueberry smoothie to start your day.

  • Head back to your spectacular over-water villa to refresh before lunch. Even better, take a quick dip in your private pool... bliss.

  • Throw your favourite book in your beach bag and enjoy a light lunch. This grilled chicken and watercress salad with tahini dressing even looks like summer.

  • Get out and explore. Snorkel, dive, take a bike ride - enjoy the afternoon tropical breeze and get back to nature.

  • Take time out by the pool and spoil yourself with a refreshing treat. This lychee and coconut granita is calling your name.

  • Soneva Fushi offers guests the chance to enjoy a memorable sandbank dinner... spectacular food under nature's most impressive canopy.

  • A spritz of your favourite fragrance and you're ready for a relaxing evening with good friends and food. For laid-back luxe, pesto salmon skewers with green couscous salad ticks all the boxes.

                                                                  In collaboration with #discoversoneva

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04 March 2018

cooking with…pears


  • Cooking with pears

    Sweet and versatile, pears are perfect for making delicious Autumnal dishes, from impressive upside-down cakes to a mouth-watering tarte tatin!


  • Upside-down chocolate hazelnut and pear cake

    This super impressive upside-down cake combines chocolate, nuts and pears - perfect for special occasions.


  • Almond and pear tarts

    The combination of almond meal, sweet pears and buttery puff pastry is a match made in heaven!


  • Crispy pork belly with cider pickled pears

    Set aside a weekend and plan a feast for friends or family with this amazing crispy pork belly roast.


  • Pear and gingerbread cobbler

    Rustic and simple to prepare, this cobbler is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser (and even better with a big dollop of fresh cream!)


  • Bluecheese onion pear pizza

    For a light but super tasty twist on a classic, these pear pizzas tick all the boxes.


  • Pear maple and pecan tarte tatin

    The silence when your guests take their first mouthful of this incredibly delicious tarte tatin will be deafening!


  • Pearfection!

    Make the most of this seasonal fruit and the wonderful aromas that fill your home when cooking with it.

As we leave summer behind and move into the cooler months, beautiful, crisp pears become the hero of many dishes. Here are just some of our favourite pear recipes. 

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12 February 2018

Valentine’s Day

  • From beautifully handcrafted chocolates to an appropriately named bright pink gin, we’ve hand-picked some Valentine’s Day treats for you and your love to enjoy.

  • Be still, my beating chocolate heart! Can’t decide between dark and milk chocolate? Then why not have both? Yum! But why stop there! Treat someone to one of these little decadent fudgy chocolate puddings, bursting with fresh raspberries.

  • Fill your home with the scent of rose petals, honey and lemon zest with this wonderfully aromatic candle. And for the perfect decadent treat, sink a spoon into one of these molten chocolate puddings.

  • Spice up your Valentine drinks with this amazing, aromatic, 'Gin of Lust' that has been infused with cherries, raspberries, vanilla and juniper. These pretty vanilla heart cakes with rosewater icing make the perfect coupling.

  • Fall in love…..with your childhood all over again with this very special yo-yo! But of course nothing says "I love you" like a melt-in-the-mouth homemade chocolate truffle.

  • Be seduced by these beautifully handcrafted, artisan chocolates....after all, you're only human! Or, dig out the cookie cutters and bake your love some delicious sweetheart biscuits.

29 January 2018

cooking with…coconut


  • Cooking with coconut

    We love coconuts! Take a look at the wide range of dishes you can create with this amazingly fragrant ingredient.


  • Coconut salmon with coconut-lime dressing

    Fresh and aromatic, this colourful weeknight dish is quick to prepare and super yummy!


  • Coconut caramel slice

    A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this combination of coconut, chocolate and caramel is hard to resist!


  • Coconut and blueberry overnight oats

    Kick start your day with this energising (and easy to prepare), fruity breakfast bowl.


  • Coconut lime and coriander poached chicken salad

    This gorgeous, aromatic chicken salad is just the ticket on a warm summer's night.


  • Blueberry and coconut scones

    Last minute invitation to morning tea? No problem, take along a batch of these delicious blueberry and coconut scones.


  • Korma and coconut chicken skewers

    When you're short on time but looking for something big on flavour, these chicken skewers are the perfect go-to weeknight meal.


  • Mixed berry smoothie bowl

    Sweet, creamy and colourful, this show-stopping bowl is packed with essential fibre, vitamins and minerals.


  • Lychee and coconut granita

    Coconut milk and fresh lychees make for an amazing rich-sweet balance. Served in coconut halves, it's a dreamy summer dessert.

What’s not to love about coconuts! From aromatic main meals, pretty breakfast bowls to dreamy summery desserts, the humble coconut is far more versatile than you think! 

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17 January 2018

Our favourite: tasty salads

If entertaining is on the agenda this weekend or you’ve been asked to bring along a salad to a barbecue, then give your salad repertoire a little shake-up and throw together one of these flavoursome wonders! 

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17 January 2018

Best Ever: Berry Desserts

​During the summer months, make the most of the beautiful, sweet jewel-like berries that are in season. Here are four gorgeous berry recipes, all fit for a queen (and her king!).

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08 January 2018

Best ever: Barbecue mains

Summer holidays call for lots of barbecue action and this year we plan to up the ante! So fire up the grill - we’ve collected a few of our best-ever barbecue mains - just click on each image for the recipe. 

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06 January 2018

Our favourite: Frozen desserts

Summer entertaining just got a whole lot cooler… Escape the heat these holidays with one of these mouthwatering frozen desserts.

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03 January 2018

Our favourite: icy cool treats

  • Frozen Fruity Treats

    Cool down this summer with these refreshing fruity treats — frozen until ready to serve, they’re perfect for a day by the pool or easy entertaining.


  • Banana and mango ice-cream

    Smooth and creamy, banana and mango makes a better-for-you treat packed full of fresh fruity goodness.


  • Beetroot cashew and orange smoothie popsicle

    Bursting with flavour, these beetroot, cashew and orange smoothie popsicles are the perfect afternoon treat.


  • Coconut ice-cream with peach and nectarine swirl

    This dairy-free ice-cream is made using coconut cream and perfected with a decadent peach and nectarine swirl.


  • Cucumber lime and mint popsicles

    The perfect remedy to a hot summer’s day... these cucumber, lime and mint popsicles even look cool.


  • Mango coconut and chia popsicles

    Perfect for a sizzling hot day, these mango, coconut and chia popsicles are both light and incredibly satisfying.


  • Raspberry and lime ice-cream

    This simple dairy-free ice-cream combines sweet summer berries with lime - keep it in the freezer for heat-busting emergencies!


  • Raspberry thyme and lemonade popsicles

    Sit back and relax by the pool with a home-made popsicle, full of flavour and chunks of fresh fruit.

Summer’s here and the perfect antidote to scorching hot days? One of these scrumptious summer treats - that just happen to be dairy-free. Click on each image for the recipe.

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01 January 2018

Our favourite: vegetarian meals

  • Vegetarian Meals

    From Italian braised beans to roast tomato and haloumi lasagne - your meat-free Monday wish list will last all week!


  • Kale, pea and ricotta fritters

    Packed with wholesome ingredients, these fritters make for a sensational savoury snack or delicious breakfast.


  • Roast cauliflower pizza

    Topped with roasted cauliflower, feta and fresh rocket, this nourishing pizza will keep them coming back for more.


  • Pumpkin spinach and basil pasta

    For a better-for-you take on a classic pasta, look to pumpkin for an easy, healthy and delicious substitute.


  • Grilled-broccolini-and-labne-almond-tart

    Cheat sheet - swap out the pastry base for a healthy twist. Try this delicious savoury tart with a crushed almond base.


  • Charred broccoli and brown rice salad

    For a nourishing weeknight dish, this brown rice salad is perfect as a light main or a tasty side. It's even great for lunch the next day!


  • Roast tomato basil haloumi lasagne

    Transform your traditional lasagne with our comforting and crowd pleasing roast tomato, basil and haloumi version - so yum!


  • Italian braised beans with tomato and rosemary

    A hearty stew is the perfect way to pack in important proteins and this classic Italian braised bean dish does just that!


  • Baked chilli tofu and kale noodles with black sesame dressing

    As delicious as they are glamorous - you'll find these chilli tofu and kale noodles on high rotation at your place very soon!


  • Open faced supergreen burgers with sweet potato fries

    For a deluxe vegetarian burger, look no further than our supergreen with a side of sweet potato fries.

In need of inspirational vegetarian meal ideas? Make the most of the season’s fresh and natural produce with these impressively delicious veggie dishes - just click on the image for the recipe. 

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30 December 2017

our favourite: festive drinks

​Celebrate Christmas and party all summer long with our pick of the season’s coolest drinks. From, watermelon and mint to lemongrass and cucumber, these winning combinations are perfect for the festive season!

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29 December 2017

Our favourite: party snacks

Whether you’re hosting a lunch or heading out to a barbeque, impress your guests with everything from arancini meatballs and char-grilled chicken wings to crunchy quinoa and thyme tofu chips this party season.  

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28 December 2017

Our favourite: Summer quenchers

  • Our favourite: Summer quenchers

    Whether you’re planning on entertaining or just spending the day by the pool, these beverages are perfect for the warmer days ahead.


  • Berry spritz

    From the fresh strawberries floating in chilled pino gris to the sweet agave syrup, this spritz is the perfect summer refresher.


  • Cranberry and berry smash

    Packed with antioxidant-rich berries, this sweet thirst quencher will be sure to cool you down as the temperature rises.


  • East coast cooler

    Summer calls for pool parties and pool parties call for this east coast cooler complete with chilled sauvignon blanc and sweet, juicy pick lady apples.


  • Lime and ginger crush

    With the perfect combination of lime, vodka and ginger beer — this refreshing crush packs quite a mouthwatering punch.


  • Passionfruit cordial

    Why resort to store-bought syrups when you can make your own from scratch? Both quick and easy to make, this passionfruit cordial is a sure-fire summer winner.


  • Refreshing coconut cooler

    Refreshing and hydrating, this coconut cooler complete with cucumber and strawberries is a summer soiree staple.


  • Pineapple and ginger beer spiders

    Whether you’re spoiling yourself or treating the kids with this delicious pineapple and ginger beer spider, it’s a thirst quencher the whole family will love.


  • Watermelon and grapefruit float

    The ultimate afternoon treat on hot summer’s day, this refreshingly sweet watermelon and grapefruit float is pure heaven.

Take inspiration from our collection of cool and refreshing quenchers this summer - just click on each image for the recipe.

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27 December 2017

our favourite: easy weeknight meals

If having more time is on your New Year wish list… We’ve got your Summer nights sorted, these quick and easy meals will be on the table in minutes! 

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26 December 2017

Our favourite: Summer salads

  • Our favourite: Summer salads

    Start the season off right with some of our staple summer salads, sure to be on high rotation as the temperature rises and cool breezes become a distant memory.


  • Almond milk-poached chicken salad resize

    Whip up this quick and easy almond milk-poached chicken salad for a no-fuss, protein packed lunch fit for the summer months.


  • Apple fig salad goats curd

    Tossed in a creamy goat’s curd dressing and topped with warm walnuts, this super simple apple and fig salad is the ultimate crowd pleaser.


  • Broccoli broad bean and cucumber tabouli with creamy hummus dressing

    Whether served as a side or as wholesome lunch, this broccoli, broad bean and cucumber tabouli complete with a creamy hummus dressing and is the perfect solution to a busy summer’s day.


  • GRILLED CHICKEN AND WATERCRESS SALAD with tahini and watercress dressing

    Fresh, light and esthetically pleasing, the warm slivers of grilled chicken are complimented perfectly by the crunch of the watercress and the creaminess of the tahini dressing.


  • Corn and cucumber salad

    Fit for a summer barbecue, this corn and cucumber salad with a side of cracked freekeh is perfect for entertaining.


  • Mediterranean cucumber salad

    Make like a mediterranean this summer and serve this super simple yet satisfying salad, perfect for a day by the pool or a picnic by the beach.


  • Quinoa and asparagus salad

    Generously drizzled in a pomegranate dressing, this quinoa and asparagus salad is wholesome, satisfying and seriously simple.


  • Nori prawn salad with broccolini

    Thrown together in a bowl, tossed and ready to go, this bright, colorful and mouthwatering salad is set to serve in next to no time.

From apple and fig complete with creamy goat’s curd to grilled chicken and watercress drizzled in a tahini dressing, these salads are fit for those sizzling summer days - just click on each image for the recipe.

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23 December 2017

our favourite: festive sides

Bring a little magic to your festive table with these stunning sides for your guests to share. They complement the big dishes and help to create a truly memorable feast! 

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22 December 2017

Our favourite: Festive meringues

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a pav! So here’s our favourite meringue recipes designed to impress and guaranteed to melt in your mouth!

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21 December 2017

Our favourite: Festive roast potatoes

Spin the classic spud on its head and ring in the festive season with these versatile potato recipes! From fresh seafood to traditional turkey, these hearty and wholesome sides will compliment each and every main.

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20 December 2017

Our favourite: Festive gingerbread

​Deck the halls with our picture-perfect gingerbread decorations — from Christmas tree ornaments to wreaths and table arrangements, these scrumptious treats will have you feeling festive in no time!

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19 December 2017

Our Favourite: festive salads

A summery festive season is the best time for using all the beautiful, natural produce. Adding some fresh and crisp elements to any Christmas feast will give it the perfect balance!

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17 December 2017

best ever: iced coffee treats

When the sun is scorching sometimes you need a coffee and a cool treat, simultaneously. A great iced coffee is a delicious afternoon pick-me-up but it doesn’t stop there. We’ve created a collection of our favourite icy-cool coffee treats made using Nespresso’s Limited Edition coffees, Leggero on Ice and Intenso on Ice!                                                                            

                                                                        In association with Nespresso

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17 December 2017

Our favourite: christmas puddings

It’s time to get preparations rolling for this year’s Christmas pudding, cake or even mince pies. The most indulgent dried fruit mixtures have the luxury of time to mature and let the flavours intensify - so let’s get started!  

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16 December 2017

Our favourite: Christmas mains

‘Tis the season to impress your guests with one of these delicious festive birds! Get inspired this Christmas with everything from a sage-infused turkey breast to a decadent herb and sherry stuffed chicken.

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15 December 2017

Our favourite: Festive trifles

  • Our favourite: festive trifles

    Christmas calls for a little indulgence so make the most of the festive season and treat yourself to one of our delicious and decadent trifles.


  • Chocolate and mulberry trifle cakes

    These gorgeous single-serve trifle cakes drizzled in liqueur, filled with mulberry jelly and coated in a cream-based icing make for the ultimate combination of mouthwatering flavours.


  • Gingerbread, sherry caramel trifle

    The layers of gingerbread cake are a perfect match for the sherry-based jelly and gorgeous swirls of dulce de leche, it’s the perfect festive treat.


  • Individual ginger and caramel trifles with almond praline

    Impress your guests with these rich and decadent ginger and caramel trifles, finished with a sprinkling of sweet almond praline.


  • Raspberry and white chocolate trifle

    The silky smooth texture of the mascarpone cream combined with sponge fingers and oh-so-sweet jelly make for the perfect Christmas trifle, top with fresh raspberries and serve.


  • Peach and slow gin jelly trifle

    An absolute show stopper, this trifle is complete with slices of peach effortlessly suspended in a sloe gin jelly, layered with meringue and topped with cream.


  • PROFITEROLE, WHISKEY AND MAPLE TRIFLE

    This profiterole and maple whiskey syrup trifle topped with delicate nests of sweet, crunchy toffee looks almost too good to eat!


  • Raspberry and chocolate frozen trifle

    With layers of chocolate cake, ganache, sweet sherry flavored vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet and meringue icing — this frozen trifle is the perfect dessert for a sunny Christmas feast.


  • Strawberry and vanilla macaron trifle

    Melt-in-your mouth macarons and fresh strawberries suspended in jelly — what’s not to love? This trifle will have your guests asking for seconds before they’ve even finished their first serve!

Ring in the festive season with our selection of the perfect Christmas trifles - just click on each image for the recipe. 

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14 December 2017

our favourite: edible gifts

​Impress your friends this festive season and gift them the perfect Christmas treat! Who wouldn’t be happy with homemade spiced star cookies or a handful of classic vanilla caramels? Yum!

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13 December 2017

our favourite: christmas hams

A perfect, glistening ham is a Christmas must-have, so choose from one of our simple cheat’s glazes to make your ham the star of the show.

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02 December 2017

Our Favourite: Festive treats

Take your festive baking up a notch with the addition of Cobram Estate’s Australian Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil - flavoursome recipes fit for entertaining!

                                              In collaboration with Cobram Estate

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30 November 2017

behind the scenes - part 2

  • Donna and her young friends embark on an adventure filled eight-part series, experimenting with some healthy change-ups to our favourite recipes. There are thrills and spills and of course, loads of laughs along the way.

  • In episode 5 we leave the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the country. Here, we’ll get to use fresh ingredients and play some super fun games!

  • The country is the perfect excuse to try strawberry panna cottas and a quick quiche recipe made with a twist!

  • The vegetable garden is the perfect place to get all the best veggies. In this episode we cook some delicious meals using veggies and even meet some pretty interesting friends along the way…

  • We cook up a storm with some lightening fast vegetable fritters, zucchini cannelloni, and even a carrot cake that is super yum!

  • Sunday lunch is all about getting the family together over some home cooked food. In this episode we cook some crowd-pleasing meals that can get everyone in the family cooking!

  • Creating the perfect summer dishes we cook up some fun sushi cones, a fresh and crisp rainbow salad, and yummy summer fruit tarts!

  • In episode 8 Donna and the girls hold a charity cake stall to make some healthy sweet treats that are sure to sell off the stands.

  • Together they bake a chocolate fudge cake, chocolate crackles, and some decorated cupcakes, that are so yum and good for you.

Take a sneak peek into all the fun that happened behind the scenes of my new series, Basics to Brilliance. ​I was lucky to have such a fabulous team from Foxtel who made filming my new series such a pleasure. We worked hard, but we had loads of laughs and I suspect they were the best-fed crew in television! D.x

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28 November 2017

Our favourite: Christmas truffles

​Indulge a little this festive season and spoil your guests with these mouthwatering Christmas truffles. From rum and raisin and choc-cherry to eggnog and caramel – we dare you to try and stop at just one! 

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25 November 2017

How to: Christmas pudding
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Historically, parents would teach their children how to make the pudding, so get the kids involved and start a new tradition of you own.

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24 November 2017

our favourite: edible decorations

Turn your home into a gingerbread wonderland this Christmas with these oh-so sweet edible decorations. 

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22 November 2017

Our favourite: Thanksgiving pies

  • Our favourite: Thanksgiving pies

    Looking for a pie to add to your feast? From a classic spiced apple to a chocolate s’more meringue - there's plenty of inspiration to go around!


  • Strawberry and rhubarb pie

    A traditional dessert pie to sweeten up your meal – this strawberry and rhubarb pie is even better with a cheeky scoop of ice-cream!


  • Peach, honey and vanilla pie

    This deliciously fruity pie is finished with an amazing lattice pastry top for perfect presentation.


  • Spiced Apple pie

    A spicy twist on the traditional apple, this spiced apple pie is made using a simple make-ahead vanilla pastry.


  • Rhubarb apple rasberry pie

    Tangy rhubarb and sweet apple with a crumbly topping is a delicious fruit combo that will have everyone asking for seconds!


  • Pear caramel pie

    Make a pie that you can have all to yourself! The gooey caramel filling added to pear makes this pie... the real winner!


  • Blackberry and elderflower pie

    Add a scoop of ice cream to this pie to balance out the rich, dark flavours of the succulent blackberries.


  • Chocolate s'more meringue pie

    This indulgent chocolate s'more meringue pie features a crunchy biscuit base, smooth dark chocolate and airy meringue - a true show-stopper dessert.


  • Brazil nut pie

    Brazil nuts add a nutritious punch to this wonderful fresh and light dessert. Add a dollop of cream and a honey drizzle for a super yummy treat.

For those celebrating Thanksgiving this week - or for those who just love pie! Here’s a collection of our firm favourites - just click on each image for the recipe.

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10 November 2017

Our favourite: festive nibbles

The festive season calls for quick and easy recipes fit for entertaining. Whether it be a picnic or a backyard barbeque, these festive nibbles will prove popular crowd-pleasers. 

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10 November 2017

behind the scenes
  • Donna and her young friends embark on an adventure filled eight-part series, experimenting with some healthy change-ups to our favourite recipes. There are thrills and spills and of course, loads of laughs along the way.

  • Episode one of Basics to Brilliance Kids saw Donna and the gang prepare for the ultimate backyard movie night, painting cardboard cars, cooking tasty snacks and building their outdoor cinema.

  • Think chewy, crunchy chocolate peanut slice and vegetable packed tortilla bowls, followed by a must-have cinema snack: oil and additive free popcorn and seriously yummy yoghurt popsicles.

  • In episode two, Donna and the girls head out for a day of salt, sand, sun and surfing before they start cooking up a storm!

  • Together they build their own burgers, corn fritters and try Donna's ultimate chocolate and strawberry milkshakes - with a healthy twist! Super yum!!

  • Donna hosts the ultimate girls sleepover in episode three of Basics to Brilliance Kids, there's dancing, cooking and of course... a dress up box fit for a princess.

  • Mastering the tricks of the trade, the girls load pizzas with fresh ingredients, whisk up fudgy chocolate puddings and wake up with the fluffiest pancakes.

  • Episode four saw Donna and the boys head out on an adrenaline-packed adventure. There's a treasure hunt and a chance to experiment with wholesome ingredients.

  • Donna and the boys prepare a clever and healthy take on pesto pasta, wholesome pies, choc-banana brownies and mouthwatering jam drop cookies.

04 November 2017

Summer days by the sea…
  • The very thought of a long lazy lunch with friends conjures up visions of grilled seafood piled high and a crisp, cool glass of white wine. Enjoy our recipe ideas for relaxed summer entertaining.

  • Gather your friends, prepare a bounty of shareable platters and get ready to sail away… the fun starts here!

  • A summer staple with a fun twist! These char-grilled prawns with miso, ginger butter are served on easy-to-handle bamboo skewers, and they pair perfectly with our favourite... Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Entertaining is only fun if you get a chance to join in the fun. The secret... is preparation, get the prep done early so you can unwind and enjoy the time with friends - making memories together.

  • As the gulls wheel and turn over the water, you can take in your surrounds. The only decision you need to make is whether to start with the prawns, or go straight for the crispy chilli fish.

  • Kick off your shoes... and settle in for a long afternoon with good friends by the sea. The water lapping at our feet, a chilled glass in hand and the salty smell of summer in the air.

  • The vibrant mix of lime, lemon and nectarine aromatics in the Sauvignon Blanc makes food flavours sing and these delicate slices of tuna sashimi with cucumber and ginger sesame are no exception.

  • When the food’s gone and the light of the day starts to fade, take a moment to soak it all up and ask yourself: why don’t we all do this more often?

                                                                  In collaboration with #cloudybay 

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28 October 2017

weekend baker: apple pie

Planning on staying in this weekend? One warming slice of this apple pie will take you to heaven. We made our own pastry crust in a few easy steps too!

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27 October 2017

best ever: nut butters

Swap unhealthy spreads for our nutritious, homemade wholefood nut butters. A great source of heart-healthy fats and protein, they are simple to make and offer plenty of opportunity to experiment with different flavours such as cacaoSmooth and creamy, they’re delicious on sliced toast or dolloped into smoothies or porridge.

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11 October 2017

cooking with . . . honey


  • COOKING WITH HONEY

    Drizzle or dollop on sweet or savoury to transform your favourite dish. This amber nectar works wonders in everything from almond tarts to roast chicken!


  • Miso and honey glazed chicken wings

    Try something new! Give your chicken wings a Japanese twist by marinating with miso and honey.


  • Roasted honey lemon chicken with crispy parsnip chips

    Lift your mid-week game with this honey lemon chicken dish for an easy weeknight meal packed with wholesome ingredients.


  • Honey fennel carrots with crispy chickpeas

    Looking for new veggie inspiration to serve with your Sunday roast? These honey fennel carrots are a whole new level.


  • Honey and vinegar salted pretzels

    Serve to your little ones or settle on the couch for a movie night with these mouthwatering home-made pretzels.


  • Salted honey apple tarte tatin

    Take your apple tart up a notch with this easy and delicious salted honey take on the classic crowd pleaser.


  • Lavender madelienes

    Pick up some dried lavender to sprinkle over your honey madelienes for a treat that's delicious and pretty!


  • Brown butter honey and lemon thyme cakes

    The delicate little lemon thyme cakes are made with brown butter and of course... honey - so yum!!


  • Fig honey and almond tart

    Fig, honey and almond baked in a tart - what more could you ask for?

As a sticky marinade, a delicious glaze or a natural sweetener, honey is an easy way to add depth of flavour and a little golden goodness to even the simplest recipes. Click through to our blog for inspiration.

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14 September 2017

sweet 16th birthday – behind the scenes
  • In her signature style, Donna celebrated the magazine’s sweet 16th with an elegant and intimate event. Just like crafting a magazine, putting together an event takes a team, a vision and a whole lot of work behind the scenes.

  • What lies at the heart of any donna hay celebration? Cake, of course. And lots of it! Our trusted Queen vanilla was in constant demand amidst days of whipping, mixing and baking, inching ever-closer to the party vision - a cake table like no other!

  • The day arrives. There are tables to be dressed, miles and miles of cake stands to be polished, positioned and then repositioned. And then there’s the drizzle… the all-important, perfectly placed icing, chocolate and caramel drizzle.

  • Time to call in the classics, like our favourite Le Creuset cast iron, delicate pieces of etched glass, multi-level pewter stands and even some uber-glamorous black glass cake stands to strut their stuff.

  • There are spring blooms positively bursting as we build, blossoms and buds abound, aromas creating a sensory celebration all of their own. And in the centre of it all, a delicate beauty – the salted coconut and raspberry bundt cake.

  • Guests start to trickle in via an enchanted forest walkway… leaves rustle underfoot and the sweet vocals of the talented Grace Pitts can be heard drifting through from the party room.

  • Moments before guests are due to arrive, Donna takes the opportunity to touch up with her favourite Estee Lauder lip gloss. The filming for her new series has just finished but she is poised, ready for action. It’s party time!

  • The popping corks announce the party has officially begun! The Cloudy Bay Pelorus sparkles and shines for our guests. The music starts and the party is officially in full swing.

  • A breathtaking dessert table takes centre stage with a sensational cake selection, abundant with sweet treats and nestled between dream-like outstretched branches. Of course, Donna is as always ready to serve you up a slice.

  • Adorning the back wall and in plentiful supply on the dessert table are the iconic birthday cupcakes from the cover. Click the image to see the recipe for the best chocolate cupcake – ever!

With special thanks to our Sweet 16 sponsors Cloudy Bay, Queen Fine Foods, Le Creuset and Estee Lauder

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02 September 2017

spring is in the air…
  • Bring on spring! This is how to host a party the donna hay way, the water is sparkling and so is the Pelorus!

  • Perfectly tasty morsels are effortlessly paired with elegant flutes of bubbles… twirling their way to the top of the glass.

  • A fresh spin on a classic, mini blinis mingle with chives and the most refreshing citrus-cured salmon - perfection!

  • Time to kick off your shoes as the water laps against the boats and the afternoon sun sinks in the sky...

  • The delicate yet crisp palate of Pelorus makes a perfect sipping partner for these seared scallops and pear.

  • The lightest, most perfectly summery cloudy apple sorbet packs a fruity punch.

  • Charge your glasses. Looks like we're in for a perfect sunset!

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28 August 2017

best ever: make-ahead breakfasts

  • Best-ever: make-ahead breakfasts

    Cruise through your morning rush hour with these wholesome and delightful breakfasts you can make the night before!


  • Coconut and blueberry overnight oats

    These coconut and blueberry overnight oats are made with a blend of chia seeds and shredded coconuts for a refreshing and creamy grab-n-go breakfast.


  • Quinoa and almond butter overnight oats

    Add quinoa to your oats for a protein kick in the morning! Drizzle with honey and serve with figs. Perfection!


  • Seeded overnight oats

    This power packed recipe is full of seeds and nuts that will help you kick start your day - sunflower seeds, linseeds, almonds and chia seeds served alongside a healthy handful of raspberries.


  • Cacao and puffed quinoa granola

    Who doesn't love hazelnuts and pistachios, especially when coated in maple syrup and cocao. This breakfast treat will have you excited to wake up in the morning.


  • Coffee and almond overnight oats

    Have a busy day ahead? Start it on the right foot with a hit of coffee in your oats.


  • Crunchy buckwheat granola

    Add a little buckwheat into your diet. Top up your essential nutrients with this granola mix that uses buckwheat as its base ingredient.


  • Date nut and seed granola

    Super easy to make and full of goodness. You'll be wanting to eat this granola mix not just for breakfast, but as a snack throughout the day.


  • Power seed bircher with maple vanilla yoghurt

    With a healthy dollop of maple vanilla yoghurt this power seed bircher is one of our favourite 'get up and go' recipes.


  • Quinoa bircher muesli pistachios blueberries

    The ultimate way to start you day - grated apple, quinoa, raisins, pistachios and blueberries. You cant't go wrong with this recipe.

Our busy schedules can sometimes leave us with little time to stay healthy. So we’re giving you 9 make-ahead breakfast recipes for when your mornings are all go. Click on each image for the recipe.

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10 August 2017

cooking with… eggplant

  • Cooking with... eggplant

    Roasted, charred, baked or mashed, the eggplant is extremely versatile and adds a subtle but flavoursome taste to any dish! Click on the photos for each recipe.


  • Eggplant varieties

    Want to learn all about the different types of eggplants you can cook with? Click 'read more' below.


  • Three-cheese eggplant involtini

    Perfect for sharing, this super easy three-cheese eggplant involtini is a definite crowd-pleaser!


  • Tamarind and chilli braised brisket and eggplants

    Flavoursome and tender, add some savoury zing to your dinner with this tamarind and chilli braised brisket with eggplants recipe.


  • Ginger and miso glazed eggplants

    Bring the flavours of of Japan to your dinner table with this delicious eggplant recipe.


  • Smoky eggplant, lamb sausage, potato pizza

    This delicious pizza recipe is so easy to make, it will be on weekly rotation in no time!


  • Sweet potato, eggplant and cauliflower bechamel lasagne

    Liven up your weeknights with this classic heartwarming recipe with a vegetarian twist.


  • Crispy eggplant and pesto burger

    The classic burger just got a makeover! Perfect for lunches, this crispy eggplant and pesto burger is so quick and simple to make.


  • Eggplant schnitzels with creamy mash and burnt butter

    If you're looking for nourishing vegetarian comfort food, this crispy eggplant schnitzel with creamy mash is the perfect dish for a cosy night in.


  • Creamy tomato, burrata and eggplant pasta

    Topped with creamy burrata, this pasta recipe is hearty and oh-so-delicious!

​From beautifully glossy globes in hues of rich autumnal violet to the delightful petite pea-green variety, we celebrate eggplants in all shapes and sizes with these warming recipes.

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05 August 2017

how to: homemade sauerkraut

Fermentation is one of the oldest techniques for preserving food and you get to enjoy the tasty results in less than a week. Tangy and refreshing, a forkful of sauerkraut will uplift any dish. Bottle a batch yourself before using it in a range of zesty meals. 

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28 July 2017

how to: coconut raspberry slice

A winning combination of nostalgic flavours, this classic homemade dessert is an instant crowd-pleaser!

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03 July 2017

American All-Star favourites

  • American All-star Favourites

    From gooey s'mores cookies to fried chicken and bourbon fries, we need little encouragement when it comes to reasons to party like it's 4th July!


  • Buttermilk fried chicken

    Who can resist a piece of crunchy, golden fried chicken? If you have never made your own - this perfect southern fried chicken is what you've been waiting for.


  • Pineapple and chipotle pulled pork sliders

    It's teamwork. The combination of pineapple and chipotle make these sweet and spicy mini burgers the perfect party food.


  • Loaded fries with cheese and beer sauce

    Not just your average potato chip. Layers of cheesy goodness just rocketed these loaded fries from good to amazing.


  • Spiced apple pie

    Summer or winter, you can't go wrong with apple pie. Time to take it up a notch by adding some spice to this classic!


  • Sticky maple and bourbon pork ribs

    It's napkins at the ready for these sweet and sticky pork ribs bathed in a bourbon glaze. So tender and flavoursome!


  • Rosemary and speck mac and cheese

    Garnished with rosemary and crispy speck, this creamy mac and cheese is so easy to make and perfect for any occasion.


  • S'mores cookies

    No party's ever complete without dessert. We've given the classic campfire treat a makeover with these simple s'mores cookies.

Inspired by the festivities of our American friends, these crowd-pleasing recipes are perfect for any occasion - so let’s get the party started! Click ‘read more’ then click on each picture to find the recipe.

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30 June 2017

best ever: breakfast bowls

  • best ever: breakfast bowls

    Start your day right with these super simple, deliciously tasty breakfast bowls!


  • Almond and apple bircher muesli

    This flavour-filled recipe has all the right ingredients to kick start your day – shredded coconut, raisin, green apple and pistachio, all drizzled with a generous helping of honey. Sweet!


  • Banana and almond porridge with burnt butter honey

    Once you learn how to make burnt butter honey, you'll never go back! This amazing ingredient magically enhances the flavour of any dish, like this banana and almond porridge.


  • Coconut and brown sugar porridge

    Get creative with your breakfast porridge and try it with coconut! Pour in a little coconut milk and coconut water, add a sprinkle of brown sugar and top it off with a handful of toasted coconut flakes. Perfection!


  • Coffee and almond overnight oats

    Now this is sure to get you hitting the ground running in the morning! Power-packed banana, almonds and LSA – plus a hit of strong espresso. Zing!


  • Crunchy buckwheat granola

    It's all about the texture with this one. Raw buckwheat, chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds make this crunchy granola bowl the perfect breakfast option.


  • Power seed bircher with maple vanilla yoghurt

    A big dollop of maple vanilla yoghurt will have you dreaming of this bowl well into midday! If fresh raspberries are in short supply, frozen works just as well.


  • Quinoa bircher muesli pistachios blueberries

    Got a big day ahead of you? The protein-rich quinoa bircher muesli will keep you fuelled up and ready to go for hours on end.


  • Savoury oats with roast thyme mushrooms

    We're loving savoury oats right now. Who wouldn't with all-star ingredients like flavourful mushrooms, fragrant thyme and sweet sun-kissed tomatoes. So yum!


  • Vanilla porridge with honeyed apples

    A simple, yet standout breakfast bowl. Rich caramel flavours and sweet apple, it's the ultimate way to start your day.

These chilly winter mornings make it’s so tempting to lay under the covers a little while longer. So we’re giving you nine delicious reasons to spring out of bed! Our collection of best-ever breakfast bowls will add some wholesome goodness to your morning routine. Click on each pic for the recipes. 

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22 June 2017

weekend baker: handmade cake boxes

Entertaining this weekend? These handmade cake boxes will make the perfect takeaway gift for your guests. We used 225gsm cardboard and attached name tags with tiny wooden pegs to add a personal touch. Cute and practical!

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21 June 2017

cooking with… sage

  • Cooking with… sage

    This humble ingredient may be small in size, but it makes a mighty big difference to balancing out a dish and making it just right. Click on the photos for each recipe.


  • Sage varieties

    Want to learn all about the different types of sage you can cook with? Click 'read more' below.


  • Broccoli bacon and crispy sage orecchiette

    A quick and easy pasta dish using only a handful of key ingredients, this recipe makes the perfect midweek meal.


  • Chicken sage smoked mozzarella cannelloni

    This warm cheesy comfort food dish will be on high rotation for family dinners in the winter months.


  • Garlic sage and blue cheese twisted loaf

    Add a bit of colour to your garlic bread… with some green sage and blue cheese! Perfect for entertaining.


  • Maple-glazed meatloaf with crispy sage and pancetta

    We’ve given meatloaf a makeover! Wrapped in sweet sticky maple-glazed pancetta to really bring out those glorious flavors.


  • Pork and lemon ragu with crispy sage

    Slow-cooked to perfection, this tender pork ragu is perfect served bread or pasta. Comfort food at its best!


  • Roast chicken with marsala sage mushroom and creamy semolina

    This roast chicken breast, topped with creamy semolina sauce, is the perfect balance of flavours.


  • Sage and fennel roasted pork with cider apples

    Full of big flavours, this sage and fennel roasted pork goes perfectly with the cider apples.

With its soft and delicate leaves in shades of silvery green, with splashes of purple and cream, sage is favoured for its elegance in both beauty and flavour. Offering a slightly sweet, peppery aroma to balance rich, robust dishes, this earthy herb adds strength and warmth to rustic breads, pastas and roasted meats. Click ‘read more’ to learn about the different varieties of sage you can find. 

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05 June 2017

Shimmering sunset
  • The setting sun casts a shimmering shadow over the sea. Together they provide the perfect backdrop for this laid-back affair.

  • Spiced sesame lamb patties with baba ghanoush are served with pomegranate, pistachio and red sorrel leaves. The flavours dance as they meet the sweet spice notes of the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir.

  • Intriguing and seductive… the wine is as alluring as the view.

  • Crispy vine leaf fried haloumi with fig and fennel salad delivers a burst of delicious salty sweet flavour combined with a golden crunch.

  • Here, life’s pleasures abound – good food, great wine and close friends. Fun times.

  • The warmth of the glowing embers are reflected in their laughing eyes, as well as the ripe silky tannins of the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir.

  • Sweet, but awash with the rich velvety flavour of cherries, the classic cherry tarte tatin with chocolate is a perfect pairing.

  • As the sun fades, a new amber glow brimming with warmth appears… and the sound of friendship rings through the air. #comesailaway

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02 June 2017

best ever: cacao desserts

  • best ever: cacao desserts

    We love the feel-good flavour cacao brings to lighter sweet treats, power snacks and clever bakes. From dairy-free desserts to clever raw treats and nutrient-rich drinks, here are our favourite recipes using cacao powder.


  • Flourless cacao cake

    A cake with no flour? That's right! This flourless cacao cake is so delicious that it gives the classic chocolate cake a run for it's money.


  • Raw cacao ice-cream with hazelnut praline

    Did someone say ice-cream? This dark and decadent raw cacao ice-cream is just the bowl to get your cheeky chocolate fix!


  • Coconut caramel slice

    Paired with light coconut and cacao, spoil yourself with these delightful coconut caramel slices.


  • Choc-coconut bites

    Balancing antioxidant-rich raw cacao with the sweet fresh taste of coconut, treat yourself with these easy to make choc-coconut bites!


  • Raw date, cacao and matcha chocolate bars

    Matcha and cacao are a match made in heaven! Loaded with antioxidants and earthy flavours, keep these bad boys in the fridge for an indulgent snack or after-dinner bite.


  • Cacao and hazelnut spread

    Smooth and creamy, this homemade cacao and hazelnut spread is delicious on sliced toast or dolloped into smoothies or porridge. Spread the word!


  • Cacao, date and dandelion tea smoothie

    Naturally detoxifying and packed with goodness, this cacao, date and dandelion tea smoothie is the ultimate pick-me-up to start your day.


  • Date, almond and cacao bliss balls

    Satisfy those 3 o'clock cravings with these date, almond and cacao bliss balls. So easy to make - just mix and roll!


  • Cacao and puffed quinoa granola

    Whether you're at home or on-the-go, this cacao and puffed quinoa granola is packed with the good stuff that will keep you running through your day!


  • Cacao, pear and coconut muffins

    These cacao, pear and coconut muffins uses wholemeal flour and a few wonder ingredients to make them the ultimate light teatime treat.

We know everyone’s been talking about this superfood for a while, but we still can’t get enough of raw cacao powder. So simple to cook with –  it’s a deliciously dark and decadent way to get your ‘chocolate fix’ with a little less guilt. Click on each photo for their delicious recipes.

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23 May 2017

best ever: gluten-free cakes

  • all-time favourite: gluten-free cakes

    Using a clever combination of nuts, buckwheat flour or coconut, you'll see how seriously simple it is to side-step gluten. We definitely don't miss it in this wholesome selection of flourless delights.


  • Raw caramel slice

    Forget baking! Keep your cool with this refrigerated raw caramel slice.


  • Carrot and coconut cake with ricotta icing

    Who needs flour? This fluffy carrot and coconut cake has a delicious crumb and perfect texture. Filled with creamy ricotta icing for a flour-free take on an old classic.


  • Coconut cake

    Whether you're after a celebration cake, afternoon tea or indulgent dessert, this coconut cake will hit the spot.


  • Zucchini ricotta pistachio and chia cake

    This wholesome zucchini ricotta pistachio and chia cake uses buckwheat flour and almond meal as a gluten-free substitute; nourishing and seriously yummy.


  • Flourless cacao fudge cake

    With only five ingredients this flourless cacao fudge cake is nothing short of full chocolate flavour.


  • Lime and pistachio cake

    Packed with fragrant pistachios and a hint of lime this cake has a distinct Middle Eastern undertone.


  • Flourless chocolate fudge layer cake

    No gluten? No problem! You can still treat yourself with this decadent chocolate fudge layer cake.


  • Mandarin and polenta syrup cake

    Using an almond meal and polenta substitute this mandarin syrup cake is a vitamin-rich citrus delight perfect for any occasion.

These gorgeous cakes are full of nourishing goodness and free of flour! With rich flavour to satisfy every sweet tooth; whether or not you’re gluten-free, you have to give them a try! Click on each photo for their amazing recipes.

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08 May 2017

exploring the olive groves
  • As the first hints of morning light filtered through the leaves, the donna hay team set out for a day of adventure. Rows upon rows of silvery olive trees awaited – what a perfect place to let time stand still and soak up the inspiration.

  • Hugging the curves of the Murray River, the sea of trees are loaded with perfect plump fruit, ready to inspire. Here lie endless possibilities for a marvellous feast at the day’s end.

  • Ever wished you could marinate your own olives? Or feta? Not only will you have amazing flavour-infused olives and feta, the leftover oil is perfect to toss through pasta, on salads or just to dunk your bread in.

  • Scones and blue cheese… who knew? These savoury green olive scones pair perfectly with the tang of blue cheese and a drizzle of honey. A taste sensation!

  • One of our favourite ingredients, Australian extra virgin olive oil, is of the highest quality, cold-pressed and rich in antioxidants.

  • Soaking in a sea of golden goodness… The tarragon and juniper olive oil confit trout is paired with a shaved fennel and herb salad.

  • The magic of olive oil? It is perfectly suited to baking or cooking as well as marinating or simply drizzling over crisp salad leaves.

  • After a rewarding day of harvest, picking, cooking and tasting, it’s time to retreat and indulge in blissful baked treats. The perfect end to a magical day.

                                            With special thanks to our friends at Cobram Estate


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21 April 2017

how to: cannelloni

Impress your dinner guests with this comforting traditional Italian dish. It’s so easy to make!

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12 April 2017

best ever: seafood

  • All-time favourite: seafood

    Looking for some seafood inspiration? From a classic fish pie to an impressive cured salmon or exotic fish curry - nothing beats the flavour and versatility of fresh fish.


  • Caramelised leek and broccoli fish pie

    This simple winter warmer is one to please the whole family and keep everyone coming back for more. Crispy on the top and soft in the middle, just the way a pie should be.


  • Dill and salt cured salmon

    Get in early with this 24-hour cure. Impress your guests or simply treat yourself with this simple, salty salmon.


  • Fresh turmeric coconut fish curry

    With an aromatic combination of turmeric and chilli, this full flavour coconut curry will have everyone complimenting the chef.


  • Salmon skewers with crab and chilli lime butter

    Ready to take your barbecue skills to the next level? Perfect for a sunny day, these salmon skewers will melt in your mouth and leave you asking yourself why you haven't tried this before.


  • Salmon green curry

    There's nothing dull about this green curry. Full of colour and flavour it's a seafood dish with an exotic twist.


  • Quinoa crumbed salmon with glazed carrots

    Keep it light and crispy with this quinoa-crumbed salmon. With a hint of paprika and honey it's the perfect omega-3 fix.


  • Roasted cauliflower caper and tuna spaghetti

    Put a spin on a timeless classic with an ultimate combination of tuna, cauliflower and capers. Abundant with flavour and texture, it's bound to be a new family favourite.


  • Tarragon crab cakes with aioli

    Spice up your classic crab cakes with fresh tarragon and you'll never look back. A little aioli on the side? What more could you want?

We’re talking all things seafood with these delicious favourites. Click on each photo for their amazing recipes.

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07 April 2017

DEAR EASTER BUNNY…
  • From perfectly hand-crafted chocolate eggs and a rich, sparkling wine to the ultimate outdoor cooking kit - here's what the donna hay team are hoping the easter bunny will deliver next Sunday!

  • DONNA HAY - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

  • FRANCESCA PERCY - MANAGING EDITOR

  • VIRGINIA FORD - DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR

  • DRINA THURSTON - CREATIVE DIRECTOR

  • JESSICA BROOK - SENIOR FOOD EDITOR

  • HANNAH BRADY - MARKET EDITOR

  • STEVE PEARCE - FOOD DIRECTOR

06 April 2017

how to: classic chicken laksa

Indulge in a warming bowl of comfort food, perfect for a crisp autumn’s night. ​

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24 March 2017

best ever: breakfast in bed


  • all-time favourite: breakfast in bed

    Ah, the joys of breakfast in bed. Grab a fork, pull up the doona and treat your loved one to one of life's simple pleasures.


  • Power seed bircher with maple vanilla yoghurt

    A bircher bowl of blissful berries, protein-packed seeds and a drizzle of sweet maple vanilla yoghurt will have you waking up on the right side of the bed!


  • Asparagus and ricotta souffle omelette

    The secret to a super light and fluffy omelette? It's all in the whipping. Separate out your eggwhites, whip until stiff peaks form, add to your yolks then cook in your frying pan. Easy!


  • Cheat's croque madame pizza

    For a simple and speedy way to whip up a croque madame, try this cheat's version, using clever flatbread. Top with pancetta, egg and an abundance of cheese and cook in the oven. Voila!


  • Light and fluffy pancakes

    If you only have one pancake recipe in your life, it has to be this one from Basics to Brilliance. Whipped eggwhite makes it light and fluffy… and adding buttermilk makes it even more fluffy!


  • Smashed avocado toast with soft-boiled egg

    Nothing beats this cafe classic that you can make right at home – smooth smashed avo, soft-boiled egg and a sprinkle of sesame, chia and cumin seeds for crunch.


  • Smoked trout with mascarpone scrambled eggs

    You can't get more gourmet than this! Creamy, cheesy mascarpone scrambled egg on crunchy toasted sourdough, topped with smoked trout and fragrant fresh herbs.


  • Smoky chorizo haloumi and spinach breakfast waffles

    The ultimate big and tasty breakfast comes in the form of these homemade waffles. Smoky chorizo, spinach, haloumi and chives INSIDE the waffle batter. Miracles do happen.


  • Yoghurt-granola-popsicles

    Popsicles for breakfast? Well, if it's got granola and yoghurt in it, it must be breakfast, right?! That's our rule anyway. What better way to start your day with this Fresh + Light sweet treat!

Who needs an excuse to treat someone they love to breakfast in bed? Click on each photo for these amazing breakfast recipes. 

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14 March 2017

GO GREEN FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY

  • Go green... feel virtuous!

    We're celebrating St Patrick's Day with a feast of green. From snacks to salads and everything in between


  • Celeriac watercress pea and ham hock soup

    This ham hock soup is packed with vibrant, fresh vegetables and a simple nourishing broth.


  • Cucumber lime and mint popsicles

    You can beat the heat with these cucumber, lime and mint popsicles – cool, light and refreshing!


  • Pandan key lime icebox pie

    Feeling tropical? One slice of this zesty lime pie with its biscuity base and luscious pillowy ice-cream and you will be transported.


  • Ginger matcha latte doughnuts

    These beauties are baked, not fried! Ginger matcha latte doughnuts topped with a layer of shimmering green tea icing.


  • Kale and spinach omelette

    A quick and easy midweek meal that's brimming with the good stuff and even better, it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


  • Matcha green tea ice-cream

    Crunchy waffle cone dipped in dreamy white chocolate and sprinkled with pistachios teamed with refreshing matcha ice-cream... heaven!


  • Super green rice paper rolls

    The perfect little roll of green goodness... ready for lunch. Betel leaves, green cabbage, snow peas, basil leaves, mint and avocado... yum!


  • Green smoothies

    Is there a better way to start the day? Whip up a smoothie brimming with good-for-you ingredients and superfoods.


  • Watercress and walnut pesto pasta salad

    Perfect for a busy weeknight, this watercress and walnut pesto salad is made almost entirely from pantry staples.

We’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a feast of green. From snacks to salads and everything in between. Click on each pic for their recipes.  

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28 February 2017

fresh + light: lunch rolls


  • Fresh + Light: rolled lunches

    ​From raw tuna tortilla to sweet potato omelette and smoked salmon avocado spinach rolls, your lunchtime fare has become a lot more exciting!


  • Raw tuna and avocado tortilla

    A virtuous spin on the Mexican classic that's super simple to make and is sure to go down a real treat!


  • Kimchi and green tea noodle sushi

    We've experimented with a few different ingredients – like kimchi, nori and green tea soba noodles – to make this Fresh + Light sushi dish.


  • Smoked salmon avocado and spinach rolls

    Salmon, avocado and spinach - the perfect combination for a light and wholesome lunch!


  • Quinoa sushi with chilli tofu and avocado

    Using protein-packed quinoa in place of rice gives this traditional sushi dish a deliciously Fresh + Light upgrade.


  • Sweet potato omelette

    Give your lunch a protein-packed and flavour-filled boost with this sweet potato and labne omelette.


  • Spicy tofu and green tea noodles rice paper rolls

    A light, yet satisfying lunch option bursting with flavour and freshness in the form of tofu and green tea noodle rice paper rolls.


  • Supergreen ricepaper rolls

    Fill your lunch with the good stuff – think betel leaves, green cabbage, snow peas, basil leaves, mint and avocado – and you'll soon start to feel good from the inside, out!


  • Turkey kimchi and quinoa rice paper rolls

    Try something a little different and add a layer of nutritious spinach leaves to your rice paper rounds. That's lunch, sorted!

Upgrade your lunch break with these clever rolled lunches. From amazing sushi to flavoursome tortillas and fresh rice paper rolls, they’re deliciously satisfying and so simple to make!

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20 February 2017

Fresh + Light: simple dinners

  • weeknight winners

    Stuck for dinner ideas? No problem. We've got your midweek meals sorted with these positively virtuous Fresh + Light recipes.


  • Brown rice and tofu teriyaki balls

    Try your hand at these meat-free meatballs, full of tofu, chickpeas and nutty brown rice. Add homemade teriyaki sauce and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds as the finishing touch.


  • Kale pumpkin and sage quinoa pasta

    Ever tried cooking with quinoa penne? It's naturally gluten-free! Toss it in the pot with some kale, pumpkin and chopped almonds for the perfect mid-week meal.


  • Portuguese chicken skewers

    Spice up your chicken skewers with a sprinkle of cayenne and smoked paprika, then add a burst of freshness with a dollop of coriander yoghurt sauce. So good!


  • Zucchini tuna pasta

    'Zoodles' (aka 'courgetti') are a lighter way to bulk up your noodle bowl. Just add some nuts for crunch and tuna for protein and you have yourself an all-round wholesome meal.


  • Quinoa and haloumi spring salad

    Go green with this light quinoa salad. Think fresh mint, creamy avocado and crunchy snap peas and cucumber. And let's not forget our favourite – lightly toasted haloumi.


  • Lentil veal and zucchini spelt pasta

    Try this virtuous take on spaghetti bolognese, with fresh zucchini, protein-packed lentils and wholemeal spelt spaghetti to add a mild, nutty flavour. Perfect!


  • Spiced turkey skewers

    Give your weeknight meals a boost by experimenting with new flavour combinations like these turkey mince skewers, flavoured with fragrant garlic, cumin and coriander - so good!


  • Nori prawn salad with broccolini

    Transform a simple prawn salad with a power boost! Nutritious nori flakes are a clever way to to season a salad, adding texture, colour and superfood power.

Simple and satisfying Fresh + Light weeknight meals. Click the images to see their recipes! 


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10 February 2017

We love: Flavour-infused ice cubes

If the temperature outside is soaring, don’t sweat: just drop a couple of these fruity jewels into a tall drink, put your feet up and watch the heat melt away.

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10 February 2017

How to: cocktail popsicles

​Put an icy-cool twist on happy hour by freezing your favourite drinks into sophisticated popsicles!

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26 January 2017

Best ever: barbecue ideas

  • Best-ever barbecue!

    Everything you need for a super summer is crammed into our amazing best-of barbecue blog. Happy grilling!


  • Buttermilk jalapeno and coriander char-grilled steaks

    If you love juicy, succulent steak - buttermilk is your friend. This steak is marinated in buttermilk, lime, garlic, coriander and of course jalapenos!


  • Salmon skewers with crab and chilli lime butter

    Take your perfectly barbecued salmon skewers to new heights this summer with a generous drizzle of chilli lime butter.


  • Texan-style ribs with smoky barbecue sauce and grilled corn with lime and chilli butter

    I don't know anyone who doesn't love sticky barbecued ribs! These are cooked with smoky paprika and a delicious homemade barbecue sauce.


  • Char-grilled thai lamb cutlets with green bean salad

    Not only are these char-grilled lamb cutlets melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they're also super quick and easy to make – just 20 minutes and you're done!


  • Grilled rosemary and chilli pork skewers

    Gently infused with the flavour of rosemary, these show-stopping pork skewers are perfect if you're entertaining.


  • Char-grilled and chilli octopus noodle salad

    Barbecues don't stop at steak! Give this fresh and simple Mediterranean seafood dish pride of place on your table this summer.


  • Chorizo and prawn skewers with piri piri sauce

    Add a touch of spice to your barbecued prawns this weekend with chorizo slices and a smoky piri piri sauce.


  • Green peppercorn t-bone steaks with smoky barbecue relish

    This tender, green peppercorn t-bone steak, generously drizzled with homemade smoky barbecue relish is summer grill perfection!


  • Lime and tequila chicken with smoky chilli sauce

    Spice up your chicken with a fresh twist on a classic. Brined in zesty lime and tequila, with an irresistible smoky chilli sauce and peppy jalapenos, this is chicken at its best.

Click the images to see recipes and click below for Donna’s top tips for barbecue perfection! 

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21 January 2017

HOW TO: rustic free-form tart

We’ve got the perfect weekend baking project! The rustic folds of pastry house a medley of sweet summer fruits in this free-form tart, here’s how to make it…

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13 January 2017

best ever: popsicles

  • frosty favourites

    Glorious sunny days call for plenty of perfectly refreshing treats like homemade popsicles... Loaded with fresh fruit and tropical flavours here are some of our favourites. Best bit? They're not just for kids! Click the images for the recipes


  • Raspberry swirl popsicles

    Swirls of fresh raspberry bring new life to rich, creamy yoghurt. The finishing touch... white chocolate and pistachios! Master these refreshingly ice-cold popsicles and you’ll be set for summer.


  • Mango lime and coconut popsicles

    Like a sea breeze... Made with fresh mango and coconut water, these tropical popsicles are destined to become your ultimate frosty treat.


  • Cookies and cream popsicles

    If you love my famous chewy chocolate chip cookies, you'll adore them transformed into creamy popsicles. Time to get the kids busy in the kitchen!


  • Coconut raspberry and chia popsicles

    These refreshingly simple summer treats have a secret weapon – wholesome oh-so-good-for-you chia seeds! It'll be hard to stop at just one…


  • Dark chocolate turkish delight ice-creams

    If you need a popsicle with wow factor, look not further. This decadent dark chocolate Turkish delight ice-cream tastes as good as it looks.


  • Coconut lychee and raspberry popsicles

    You need just three simple ingredients to make these super-refreshing coconut, raspberry and lychee popsicles. A fabulous school holiday project!


  • Candied almond ice-creams

    Cool, crunchy and full of sweet joy, these candied almond ice-creams are the ultimate indulgence.


  • Raspberry, thyme and lemonade popsicles

    With tart raspberry, fresh thyme and sweet lemonade, these delightful popsicles are the ultimate summer sweet treat.


  • donna hay popsicle mould

    It's time to get creative and start making your own fabulously frosty creations with our brand-new popsicle mould - click the image to buy!

26 December 2016

Donna’s Sydney to Hobart adventure!
  • Skipper Aaron Rowe and his super-talented crew will guide the 80-footer across the Bass Strait. Aaron says he's hoping for bad weather - not sure I am!

  • I’m on board to make sure the crew is well fed, properly nourished and get us to Hobart as quickly as they can. We have to be ready for anything, sea sickness, bad weather… we need to be able to roll with it.

  • There’s only so much we can control, that’s where the snacks come in. Little and often is good. Potassium, protein and power-packed snacks will help to keep the crew strong and energised throughout the race.

  • No running water, no kitchen and no light to speak of… I mean, seriously - I’m wearing a headlamp! Who’d have thought I would ever be ocean racing, cooking for 16 big blokes while sporting a headlamp! Not me, that’s for sure!

  • What goes through your head when you’re sailing offshore? Where’s the opposition? How fast are we going? What’s happening with the weather? And what we are going to have for dinner?

  • I’ve been testing and cooking for weeks now. Green chicken curry and rice works well in a vac-pack, as does slow-cooked beef brisket. Bacon and egg pies are a winner. The boys have requested schnitzel and lamb chops. Nobody’s going hungry

  • There’s a sailing proverb, “One hand for yourself, and one for the ship” it’s actually about safety, to hold on as you work - but it's also for eating. I think we can still get everyone fed - with one hand!

  • Sailing offshore is all about the people, they are the engine driving the boat. They make the decisions, trim the sails and ooze the energy to win. And that engine (or 17) needs good fuel to function at its peak, to be on top of its game.

It’s been a big year. Massive. TV series, new book, European tour, two magazines to oversee. So when the offer came to join the Beau Geste crew to sail the Sydney to Hobart (my dream) what could I say?

                                    With special thanks to our friends from Cloudy Bay #comesailaway

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21 December 2016

Best ever: Christmas mains

  • Your ultimate festive main

    Whether you're after a traditional turkey, glistening glazed ham, crispy crackling or melt-in-the-mouth lamb - your ultimate Christmas dinner starts here!


  • Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with brussels sprouts and crispy kale

    Pork or turkey not your thing? Melt-in-the mouth lamb shoulder nestled in brussels sprouts, kale and almonds is hard to beat.


  • Tarragon-brined roast turkey

    Without question, the most succulent turkey you will ever eat. Our brine will take your turkey to decadent new heights - watch our video to see how it's done.


  • Fennel black pepper and lemon slow-cooked pork

    Prepare for the accolades. This roast pork will raise the bar for Christmas lunch for ever more. Actually for Sunday roasts full stop.


  • Prune-stuffed crispy pork with roasted red cabbage

    Fantastically fruity rolled pork ticks a lot of boxes. A flavourful dish so tender and juicy we guarantee you'll be back for seconds!


  • Roasted turkey with cranberry and sage stuffing

    The perfect roast for your Christmas table? Classic and packed with flavour, this beautiful roast will be the star of the show.


  • Slow cooked lamb with garlic and rosemary

    The classic simplicity of garlic and rosemary infused lamb that also happens to be meltingly tender. Says Christmas to us!


  • Apple cider, mustard and sage glazed ham

    Pairing tangy apple and mustard with sweet maple and earthy sage - this flavourful show-stopper is set to impress.


  • Lemon thyme roasted chicken

    As delicious as it is impressive. The delicate aroma if thyme is infused throughout the meat and yet the skin is crisp to perfection.


  • Whisky, marmalade and mustard glazed ham

    Seriously glam but secretly really very simple using just a few store-cupboard staples. This glazed ham will become a family favourite for years to come.

20 December 2016

best ever: christmas salads

  • all-time favourite: christmas salads

    Load up your plate with these fresh salads. Click each image for their recipes…


  • Char-grilled potato salad with mustard dressing

    These gorgeous crispy-skinned potato slices drizzled in rich mustard dressing takes just 20 minutes to cook!


  • Charred radicchio pear haloumi + hazelnut salad

    With a perfect balance of savoury haloumi and sweet pear, this protein-packed salad will be an instant crowd-pleaser.


  • Dukkah-roasted cauliflower salad with creamy avocado dressing

    Being a toast topper isn't the only good thing about avocadoes. Paired perfectly with fresh salad leaves and fluffy cauliflower, it's the ultimate summer salad.


  • Green bean sugar snap pea + cranberry salad

    Balance out the richness of your roast with a forkful of oh-so-fresh crunchy salad greens.


  • Quinoa + asparagus salad

    With fluffy quinoa, crunchy asparagus and a burst of sweet pomegranate, this salad will be a fast favourite amongst the family.


  • Red cabbage mango + coconut slaw

    Wow your guests with this Asian-inspired cabbage and mango salad drizzled with luscious coconut dressing.


  • Roast beetroot + brazil nut salad

    Make your Christmas feast a memorable one with this rustic, wholesome salad.


  • Tray-baked panzanella salad

    Don't think you could possibly fit in another bite? This super light salad is the perfect palette cleanser… to prep your tastebuds for dessert!

A collection of ​fresh and flavourful salads to complement your mains for a spectacular Christmas feast!

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18 December 2016

best ever: Christmas desserts

  • Best ever festive desserts

    From billowing meringue to our irresistible trifle or the prettiest hazelnut and brandy cake finished with snow-capped trees, this magical collection of sweet treats embrace the spirit of Christmas! Click the images for the recipe.


  • Rum and raisin brownie Chirstmas trees

    These enchanting little rum and raisin brownie Christmas trees will be adored by kids big and small!


  • Raspberry and white chocolate trifle

    There's trifle, then there's folds of marscarpone cream, layered with raspberry jelly and white chocolate ganache, The perfect addition to your festive menu.


  • Classic Christmas pudding

    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a classic pudding. All that's left to decide is which accompaniment... brandy butter, custard ice-cream or perhaps the works?


  • Hazelnut and brandy forest cake with cream cheese icing

    Straight from the pages of a fairytale, this beautiful cake is not only delicious... it looks like a magical scene from a winter wonderland.


  • Classic pavlova

    Adorned with pillows of cream and ruby fruits, the sweet, delicate shell of meringue encases a soft marshmallow surprise. Is there anything more festive?


  • Cranberry and fig bundt with gingerbread antlers

    Impress your guests with these perfect little bundt cakes finished with the sweetest gingerbread antlers.


  • Peach and sloe gin jelly trifle

    Take classic trifle to a new luxe level with layers of sweet meringue, stunning jelly and folds of rich cream topped with grilled peaches.


  • Smashed pavlova with mulberries

    All the flavour but with a more relaxed attitude, this super simple summer dessert is topped with cream, roasted raspberries and fresh mulberries! Pretty and delicious.

16 December 2016

All-time favourite: cocktails

  • Perfect festive cocktails

    Well, it is Christmas after all! Time to share some of our favourite festive cocktails to add to your drinks menu this party season.


  • Cranberry and pomegranate spritz

    If you need something festive fast this drink is super simple to make. Top it off with a few strategically placed berries and you have Christmas.perfection!


  • Fennel-infused vodka punch with blueberries

    Sophisticated and complex. This vodka infusion will leave your your guests thinking you're a mixology master!


  • Rose petal and prosecco punch

    The delicate aroma of rose water makes the perfect partner for delicious prosecco. Perfectly dressed with some pesticide-free rose petals.


  • Lemongrass and cucumber caprioska

    If you like a touch of tang in your party drink, this one's for you. A refreshing mix of lime, lemongrass and cucumber bring new life to white rum.


  • Rosehip raspberry and blood orange cocktail

    What's not to love about a tall glass loaded with chambord, rosehip, blood orange and sparkling wine?


  • Raspberry and basil mules

    Perfectly pretty raspberry ice cubes transport this simple vodka lime to a party-season high.


  • Grapefruit vodka punch

    A refreshing, fruity treat every summer party needs loaded with pink grapefruit, coconut water, vodka and a touch of vanilla.


  • Watermelon and mint cooler

    Sweet, juicy watermelon is the perfect fruit for cocktails and pairs perfectly with champagne or sparkling wine.

15 December 2016

best ever: frozen festive desserts

  • ice-cold christmas treats

    Create your own little touch of white Christmas for your festive table with our stunning frozen desserts. And the best bit? You can make them ahead, set and serve!


  • Brandy-maple ice-cream panettone

    It looks like a panettone, but one slice reveals the sweet secret.. Luscious brandy maple flavoured custard ice-cream. You can of course make it family-friendly sans brandy.


  • Sour cherry ginger and pistachio ice-cream tart

    Don't sweat it out this year... enjoy many of the traditional flavours of Christmas pudding served neatly in a cool ice-cream slice - complete with a sweet ginger biscuit base.


  • Christmas cake ice cream truffles

    After feasting on the main event, it could be tricky squeezing in a pudding. Fear not! These dainty little truffles are balls of bliss.


  • Raspberry and eggnog bombe alaska

    Beneath the peaks of this showstopper cake hides a Christmas surprise. Layers of creamy eggnog ice-cream on top of tart raspberry sorbet make this the most stunning of festive desserts.


  • Gingerbread men ice-cream sandwiches

    The kids will squeal with delight at the sight of these whimsical gingerbread men sandwiched with ice-cream. Customise to your heart's content!


  • Raspberry and chocolate frozen trifle

    Wow the guests at your table with this incredible feast of chocolate cake, ganache, raspberry sorbet and finished with billowing meringue icing.


  • Frozen christmas pudding

    It's Christmas pudding, just not as you know it! Enjoy all of the traditional flavours wrapped in blissfully cool ice-cream. Perfect for the hot Australian Christmas.


  • Candy cane and brownie ice-cream

    Add a simple but festive twist to your ice-cream offering this season with tiny morsels of candy cane and brownie. What's not to love?

14 December 2016

How to: fruit mince pies

​Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies… these fruity little treats are festive baking at its best!

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10 December 2016

Best ever: edible gifts

  • Gifts made with love...

    From twisted honey caramels to rose petal rocky road and salted dark chocolate pudding truffles, there's something special in here for everyone. Click each image for the recipes.


  • Chocolate caramel brittle

    Simple to make and even easier to eat, these chocolate caramel brittles will be a hit among your loved ones.


  • Gingerbread cookies with salted caramel

    Packaged in cute jars and lovely ribbon, this adorable edible present is almost too pretty to eat!


  • Sour cherry chocolate and ginger mince pies

    A generous scattering of edible gold dust makes these mince pies even more special.


  • Salted dark chocolate christmas pudding truffles

    Whether you serve them with coffee or wrap them up as a gift, these chocolate Christmas truffles are a must!


  • Twisted honey caramels

    These adorable twisted honey caramels will make the sweetest stocking stuffers for Christmas.


  • Raspberry and rose petal rocky road

    Ah, rocky road… so pretty and so irresistible. These are best wrapped up and given to friends – before you eat them all!


  • Smoked almond and cherry panforte

    One slice of this delightfully decadent cake and you'll be transported to dessert heaven!

Who doesn’t love a home made gift - especially when it’s pretty and delicious! The hardest part is choosing which one to make…

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09 December 2016

How to: shortbread and raspberry slice

Buttery shortbread teamed with fruit-filled raspberry jam… this festive-looking slice is simple and seriously tasty!

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06 December 2016

Basics to Brilliance DVD – on sale now!

The Basics to Brilliance DVD has arrived just in time for Christmas! Catch every episode of Donna’s latest television series.

Each basic recipe, think the perfect tender steak, golden roast chicken, crispy pork belly, sponge cake or Donna’s renowned chocolate brownies, is followed by clever variations and simple flavour change-ups, so one recipe becomes many and your repertoire naturally grows. It’s the perfect guide to take you from basics to brilliance in the kitchen!

You can choose from four great gift options by clicking the links below:

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COMPETITION: 

We’re giving away 10 copies of the DVD. To enter, simply post a photo of a recipe you mastered from Basics to Brilliance on our Facebook timeline. See below for terms and conditions.

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30 November 2016

How to: easy passionfruit tart

​This fresh and flavourful dessert is an instant crowd-pleaser and ideal for sunny days.

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17 November 2016

Best ever: Christmas sides

  • best ever christmas sides

    ​A good Christmas roast is nothing without its talented support act. So here's a little side-dish inspiration to help you create the most magical and delicious festive feast.


  • Prosciutto-wrapped baby carrots

    We're not the only ones dressing up this Christmas! These prosciutto-wrapped baby carrots will win 'best dressed' in the delicious category.


  • Roasted duck fat tarragon potatoes

    The secret to getting your roast potatoes to that perfect level of crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside? Duck fat. You won't be disappointed!


  • Baby asparagus with garlic oregano crumbs

    Add a little freshness to your festive table with tender, juicy baby asparagus, coupled with a crispy crumb. Perfection!


  • Thyme and champagne-roasted parsnips

    A splash of champagne and a sprinkling of brown sugar gives these tender thyme and champagne-roasted parsnips a caramelised flavour.


  • Crispy leaf potatoes with oregano salt

    You might have to fight over who gets the fist serving of these marvelously crispy and perfectly seasoned potatoes. It'll be a firm family favourite!


  • Green beans with almonds, oregano and lemon

    Simplicity is the secret to this wonderful side. A little butter, oregano, lemon and almonds take green beans to a whole new level of tasty!


  • Chia and sesame pumpkin with ginger-honey glaze

    Give your pumpkin a little Fresh + Light twist this year with a ginger and honey glaze. So yum!


  • Tray-baked tomato onion and currant relish

    The wonderfully harmonious balance of tomato, onion and currant flavours makes this relish the perfect accompaniment to ham or turkey.

12 November 2016

HOW TO: LEMON CURD

Add a zesty tang to your favourite desserts with homemade lemon curd. This simple recipe is perfect on ice-cream, cakes or swirled through a vanilla cream to top a crispy meringue.

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08 November 2016

Best ever: CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

  • Best-ever Christmas cocktails

    Raise a glass and bring on the Christmas cheer with our fine selection of zesty, fruity and bubbly festive cocktails. Click on each pic for the delicious recipes.


  • White peach and elderflower cooler

    An all-round crowd-pleaser, a jug of this deliciously fun and fruity white peach and elderflower cooler will surely get the festive celebrations going in full swing.


  • Watermelon and mint cooler

    Sweet, juicy watermelon is the perfect summer fruit for cocktails and pairs perfectly with champagne or sparkling wine.


  • The A-Lister

    The harmonious blend of tropical coconut, zesty lime and fresh mint makes this Christmas concoction an instant refresher.


  • Pomegranate and blood orange punch

    Pomegranates can be a little tricky. To loosen the seeds, roll the pomegranate on a bench, cut in half and scrape the seeds into a bowl. Cheers to that!


  • The rum hipster

    No travel plans over Christmas? No worries! One sip of this ginger, coconut and lime-infused drink will transport your senses to a tropical haven.


  • Rose and blackcurrant champagne

    Blood red and oh-so-sweet blackcurrant is making a comeback. Paired with champagne and a sprinkle of rose petals, you'll fall in love with its magical charm.


  • Lychee and vanilla martini

    Shaken or stirred, this delightful martini is Donna's specialty cocktail. She uses deliciously pretty lychee ice cubes to guarantee the flavour stays strong!


  • Pomegranate and ginger fizz

    A celebration wouldn't be right without bubbles! Keep the smiles wide and spirits high with a generous topping of champagne with your pomegranate and ginger-filled flutes.

Whether you fancy a fruity punch or a smooth martini our favourite elegant cocktails will add a bit of spritz and sparkle to your festive gathering! 

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01 November 2016

Donna’s tips: for Christmas bliss

I adore Christmas. I love having everyone over to my place which usually involves a mix of classic and traditional dishes, as well as drinks to start, and of course, something spectacular for dessert. Try not to let cooking for a large number of people stress you out – there are plenty of things you can do in advance to help make the occasion as simple as possible, but one which will still be impressive and memorable. 

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28 October 2016

best ever: frozen fruity treats

  • our favourite frozen fruity treats

    Who can resist an icy cold treat, especially when it’s packed with fruity goodness? Bursting with natural flavour, these refreshing iced delights are perfect for sunny days. Click on each pic for recipes. In association with Proud & Punch


  • Frozen yoghurt and raspberry slice

    This irresistible frozen slice is deliciously simple. The no-bake nutty base is topped with Proud & Punch frozen Greek-style yoghurt with raspberries, blueberries & strawberries and a sprinkle of freeze-dried raspberries.


  • Mango lime and coconut popsicles

    Made with fresh mango and ultra-hydrating coconut water, these tropical popsicles are the ultimate frosty treat to while away scorching afternoons.


  • Blood orange and mango frozen yoghurt

    Creamy scoops of frozen yoghurt are one of our favourite summer staples. When we don’t have time to make our own, we love this Proud & Punch blood orange and mango frozen Greek-style yoghurt, bursting with fruity swirls and tangy flavours.


  • Cheat's summer sorbet slice

    With vibrant luscious layers of mango, lychee and raspberry, this clever sorbet slice is what summer dreams are made of.


  • Fruit and vegie pops

    Treat your taste buds and get a bonus boost of goodness with these frosted pops! Packed with nutritious fruits and veg (including apples, pears, beetroot and more), they're the perfect feel-good refreshers.


  • Coconut lychee and raspberry popsicles

    You need just three simple ingredients to make these super-refreshing coconut, raspberry and lychee popsicles. Marvelous!


  • Watermelon and raspberry ice cream

    Beat the heat with this all-too-easy recipe for the creamiest, silkiest ice cream. Our clever cheat’s method means there’s no clunky ice-cream machine required, so you’ll have heavenly scoops in no time at all.


  • Apple cucumber and mint ice + pawpaw and lime ice

    A refreshingly icy granita bring a touch of subtle sweetness to sunny days, and these two super-simple recipes are packed with all-natural fruit flavours.

26 October 2016

best ever: halloween treats

  • our favourite halloween ideas

    ​It's that time of year... when ghosts and goblins come out to play! And of course they'll need some treats that are fun, tasty and a little bit spooky! Here are our favourites for inspiration. Click the pics for the recipes.


  • cranky witch cupcake

    Who knew an ice-cream cone could look so sinister? With just a few simple additions, you can transform a cupcake into a witch with some serious attitude. Look out!


  • scary spider cupcakes

    Pipe two carefully-placed mounds of chocolate icing, add eight licorice legs and a few sprinkles and these seemingly innocent chocolate cupcakes will suddenly make your skin crawl!


  • wicked cookie sandwiches

    Put your pumpkin-carving skills to good use and create some wonderfully wicked faces for these jam cookies.


  • creepy chocolate spiders

    We know these huge hairy spiders are actually mini chocolate truffles in disguise. But don't tell your guests!


  • gingerbread skeletons

    No sugar-dusted cottage for this guy... he's the gingerbread of Spooksville! But he's super tasty and you can make him a few days in advance of your fright-night.


  • pumpkin meringues

    Don't like pumpkin? No problem. A few drops of food colouring and these sweet little meringues morph into Jack-o-lanterns!


  • vampire bats

    The kids will love making these little no-bake marshmallow bats, they are super simple and will literally fly off the plate!

21 October 2016

How to: spicy chicken satay skewers

​Whether you like them tongue-tingling spicy or satisfyingly mild, skewers of chicken satay are a firm favourite for the barbecue or grill – and now, they’re super easy to make!

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14 October 2016

quick fix: super green smoothies

Smoothies brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, good-for-you ingredients and superfoods are our favourite way to give our bodies more nutrients and nourishment. Great to kickstart your metabolism in the morning or satisfy a 3pm energy slump, we’re sharing our secrets to help you create your own beautiful blends and get the perfect smoothie, every time.

‘I start every day with a large green smoothie that I make at home and then pour into a container that I can take in the car with me to work – I then sip on it all morning at my desk. My favourite blend is baby spinach, parsley, mint, coconut water and cucumber – no specific quantities of each, just whatever I have in the fridge.’ Donna Hay

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07 October 2016

BEST EVER: CHILDHOOD TREATS

  • Best-ever childhood favourites

    From delicate melting moments to our irresistible caramel slice or the prettiest coconut ice, this magical collection of sweet treats will have you feeling nostalgic in no time! Click the images for the recipe.


  • Choc-peppermint slice

    Sandwiched between a chocolate, coconut base and rich dark chocolate top is a burst of refreshing peppermint – all made in one tray. Too easy!


  • Jam drops

    These are an ideal baking project to try with the kids, task them with the job of making the little dent in the top and fill with jam, lemon curd or whatever you like!


  • Ginger honey jumbles

    The earthy warmth of ginger sets these sweet, soft pillows apart from the rest. Make them big or small and decorate at your whim, these honey flavoured favourites will have you coming back for more.


  • Caramel slice

    If you have a soft spot for a crumbly biscuit base, shimmering caramel centre and a perfect chocolate top - this caramel slice is very hard to beat!


  • Raspberry and vanilla coconut ice

    At every school fete, fair or carnival... there was always coconut ice. This pretty-as-a-picture version will transport you straight back. A perfect addition to your nostalgic repertoire!


  • Chewy chocolate chip cookie

    Crunchy and golden on the outside, delectably chewy in the centre and studded with molten chocolate chunks - these cookies are just too good!


  • Melting moments

    Who doesn't love a melting moment? The combination of melt-in-the-mouth biscuit and soft lemon filling is pure perfection. And the best bit? This recipe is super-easy!

11 September 2016

Behind-the-scenes: the team on location
  • It's shoot day. The dh team have downed tools to spend the day on the Harbour where the sun is shining, the water sparkling and Donna's just raided her son Tom's stash of plastic letters to finish the message on our retro sign.

  • Donna and food director Steve get the heavy lifting done. Now, about those cocktails... fire up that Smeg juicer and start pouring the Patron tequila!

  • Estee Lauder to the rescue... Donna gets a make-up touch-up. Drinks are lining up and the Royal Doulton glassware stands ready!

  • Time for a feast! Pork belly steamed buns and a sashimi bar teaming with salmon, tuna and kingfish - look good enough to eat!

  • The old wooden table stretches out along the pier and the food is piled high... at last, it's time to eat!

  • Little buckets of tempura sweet potato chips join the party. Then Donna and managing editor Pru dive into the dessert table.

  • It's a donna hay party, of course there's cake! Steve adds the birthday candles... then, prepare to sing!

​Those beautiful glossy pictures don’t happen without a whole lot of work behind-the-scenes. Click through the gallery for a little peek inside the world of donna hay magazine as we celebrate our 15th birthday issue. 

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09 September 2016

Best ever: coffee treats

  • Our favourite coffee treats

    Of course we love to drink it but adding good-quality coffee to your cooking is a great way to add extra depth and intense flavour. These are our all-time favourite coffee treats! In association with Nespresso


  • Mini almond cakes with coffee vanilla syrup

    A perfectly pretty little almond cake is transformed by a dollop of cream and a swirl of Nespresso Envivo Lungo syrup. This is high on our dream-dessert list!


  • Espresso sorbet-tini

    A glamorous dessert or a super-cool cocktail. Either way, the pairing of smooth chocolate sorbet and velvety Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil is perfection in a glass!


  • Chocolate sponge and coffee cream tiramisu

    Chocolate... cake... cream... coffee... Tiramisu - is there any other kind of dessert?


  • Rich chocolate cakes with mocha glaze

    As if the perfectly rich chocolate cake wasn't enough. The finishing touch is a glossy glaze enriched with Nespresso Ristretto.


  • Coffee and brown sugar traycake

    Short on time? No problem. This wonderfully simple tray bake is your secret weapon. Just mix in a bowl, bake and enjoy!


  • Tiramisu sponge kisses

    All the classic tiramisu flavours delivered in one sweet morsel. Light sponge biscuits envelop the rich mascarpone cream mix and a devilishly-sweet Nespresso Volluto syrup.


  • Whisky coffee with spiced cream

    Rich and creamy, this whisky coffee is ideal as a nightcap or a wonderfully warming drink on a cold day.

08 September 2016

15th birthday party!
  • The media wall... donna hay style! The white-upon-white theme set the tone from the collector's edition magazine cover all the way to the glamorous cake table.

  • It wouldn't be a donna hay party without miles of cake and this dessert table did not disappoint. Straight off the pages of the birthday edition we served coconut layer meringue cake, hazelnut mocha mousse cake, tiramisu sponge and more!

  • Of course the cakes had to be iced at the venue (or risk the unthinkable in transit!). But literally kilos of icing later - our Smeg stand mixer was going strong. Meanwhile, Donna sneaks a quick make-up check and slick of Estee Lauder lip gloss.

  • The birthday girl cutting the heavenly cover-star cake, which is of course - perfectly poised on a donna hay for Royal Doulton cake stand! Click the image for the recipe of the raspberry and cream angel food cake.

  • Party guests .. Kylie Gilles with Donna, Paula Joye and Jane Roarty with Donna.

  • Party guests... Melissa Hoyer and Donna, Alex Perry and Erin Holland

  • Party guests... Lynette Phillips and Donna, Loic Rethore, Donna and David Rogers

  • Aside from cake, guests sipped on Patron tequila lychee vanilla martinis and Nespresso sorbet-tinis.

About last night… to celebrate 15 amazing years Donna hosted a glamorous all-white affair with cocktails and cake… lots of cake!! With special thanks to our 15th birthday partners Estee Lauder AustraliaNespressoRoyal Doultonwww.smeg.com.au and Patrón Tequila 

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07 September 2016

donna hay team 15th birthday seaside celebration video

Back to where it all began! My amazing team enjoy a marvelous seafood feast along Sydney Harbour to celebrate 15 wonderful years of donna hay magazine. 

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26 August 2016

cooking with: hummus

​Who doesn’t love hummus? The irresistibly smooth and creamy mix is perfect dipping fodder to serve with drinks or as a snack. But with a few clever shortcuts your hummus will be ready to party!

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19 August 2016

best ever: Sunday roasts

  • Best Sunday roasts

    From crispy pork belly to slow-cooked beef brisket and tender lamb shoulder, these are our all-time favourite roasts - guaranteed to make Sunday special. Click the images for recipes.


  • Beef brisket with bourbon barbecue sauce

    This one's a favourite with dinner guests. Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside with a little added kick, thanks to the bourbon, paprika and cayenne.


  • Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with brussels sprouts and crispy kale

    You'll win the trophy for most beautiful roast. The contrast of deep browns and vibrant greens is enough to make anyone's tastebuds dance. A lighter option to roast potatoes.


  • Quick-butterflied-roast-chicken

    It's simple, it's quick and it's all in one pan. This butterflied chicken rests on sliced lemons, gently infusing the meat as it cooks. This roast is a mid-week staple in my house!


  • Crispy pork belly with cider pickled pears

    Who doesn't love a roast pork and pear combination! For a slice of Italy, drizzle your crispy pork with lashings of vincotto – made of grapes, it cuts through the richness of the pork.


  • Fennel and herb-crusted salmon with garlic potatoes

    As delicious as it is impressive, if you want to wow your guests with seafood on this will do the trick! Just add a simple crumb topping to a fresh salmon fillet add some tender potato chips and roast away.


  • Roasted spatchocks with port mushrooms and lentils

    This easy one-tray dish is my go-to when I want to cook a roast with minimum effort and maximum flavour. The bed of chorizo and mushroom really gives it that rich taste.


  • Prune-stuffed crispy pork with roasted red cabbage

    Prunes are my secret weapon to giving roast pork that hint of sweetness. A flavourful dish so tender and juicy, I guarantee you'll come back for seconds!


  • Milk-braised dijon chicken

    Not a traditional roast I hear you say, but the addition of some bold-flavoured mustard makes this a chicken dinner that packs a punch.

12 August 2016

weekend baker: the prettiest melting moments

Melting moments are the ultimate afternoon-tea treat – so dainty and sweet, they are also incredibly easy to make and, when presented on a pretty cake stand or plate, are bound to impress at your next gathering.

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