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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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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11 October 2017

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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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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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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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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18 May 2016

cooking with… chorizo

  • Favourite Ingredient: Chorizo

    Vibrant in shades of rich reds and kicking with smoky spice, chorizo is no wallflower pork sausage. In our winter issue of donna hay magazine, we use its signature sizzle in a variety of dishes sure to impress – here are our top picks.

  • smoky chorizo, haloumi and spinach breakfast waffles

    Start the day with this amazing breakfast waffle sandwich, with spicy chorizo, salty haloumi and a gooey fried egg.

  • chorizo meatball, ricotta and oregano lasagne

    This one-pan lasagne is ultimate comfort food, fragrant with the earthy aroma of fresh oregano.

  • chorizo bolognese with buffalo mozzarella

    One of our all-time favourite pasta dishes, we've used smoky chorizo meat and creamy buffalo mozzarella to spice up a traditional bolognese.

  • tomato, basil, olive and chorizo tarts

    Quick, easy and full of flavour, these chorizo tarts make a perfect appetiser at dinner parties or picnics.

  • chorizo and prawn skewers with piri piri sauce

    A great idea for summer barbecues, this prawn and chorizo combo is taken to another level with fiery piri piri sauce.

  • chorizo and bean nachos

    Settle in for a night on the couch with our chorizo and bean nachos.

  • chorizo pan lasagne

    A one-pan dinner that's perfect for weeknight meals, this chorizo pan lasagne is sure to be a hit with the family.

  • chickpea and chorizo pot pies

    Super fast and perfect for individual guests, these little chickpea and chorizo pot pies are so easy to make.

  • tomato, chorizo and goat's curd frittata

    You can add any cheese you like to this simple chorizo frittata, I like the tang of fresh goat's curd.

  • oven-roasted chorizo with pedro ximénez

    This recipe is from the winter issue #87 of donna hay magazine, and makes the most of flavoursome chorizo in this simple tray bake to feed a crowd!




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