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

                                                                    In collaboration with #cloudybay 

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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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05 May 2017

donna hay warehouse sale

Come down to our Sydney warehouse this weekend where you can get up to 70% off selected products. They’ll make the perfect gifts for Mother’s Day!

Can’t make it to the sale? Shop online and enter code SALE20 at the checkout to receive 20% off!

*Excludes Le Creuset and gift vouchers. Sale ends 11.59pm AEST Sunday 7 May.

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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 duvet 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!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the UK mums! But who needs an excuse to treat mums to breakfast in bed? Click on each photo for their 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.


  • Kate 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

  • 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!

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