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!

                                                                    In collaboration with #cloudybay 

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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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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

                                                                    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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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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