26 December 2018

Our favourite frozen cocktails

​Just in time for the new year, here are some of our favourite icy-cool drinks for the grown-ups!

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19 December 2018

Christmas desserts

  • Looking elegant and masterful, these show-stopping desserts are specially designed to deliver a little magic to the finale of your special day.

  • Raspberry swirl pavlova wreath

    Impress your guests with this statement pavlova wreath - made extra-special with a dreamy raspberry swirl, fresh berries and a sprinkling of festive nuts.

  • 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 ultimate festive treat.

  • Red velvet cake marshmallow icing

    Dress up this classic with soft folds of marshmallow icing and plump berries for a striking crimson creation for your festive table.

  • Smoked almond pear and marsala christmas cake

    You'll know it's Christmas when the joyful scent of spice begins to waft through the house from this thoroughly modern classic baking in the oven.

  • Berry ice-cream slice

    All of my favourite summer berries are combined in this icy dessert, and the good news is... you don't need to make the ice-cream.

  • Spiced sticky date caramel and star-anise cakes

    This enchanting dessert is delicately spiced and topped with a decadent caramel to truly embrace the festive season.

  • Raspberry and chocolate frozen trifle

    With layers of chocolate cake, ganache, sweet sherry ice cream, raspberry sorbet and luscious meringue - this frozen trifle is perfect for a sunny Christmas feast.

  • Raspberry and eggnog bombe alaska

    Beneath the golden peaks of the showstopper cake hides a Christmas surprise. Layers of creamy eggnog ice-cream on top of a tart sorbet - simply stunning!

Make a statement with a dreamy dessert, destined to be the star of the show.

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19 December 2018

Christmas Seafood

  • It wouldn't be a Donna Hay Christmas without a splash of seafood like smoked salmon, plump prawns or a barbecued seafood platter to complete your festive feast.

  • Horseradish and creme fraiche oysters

    Oysters served with horseradish and creme fraiche are a great way to start the festivities with a sophisticated touch - perfect with bubbles!

  • Smoked salmon mascarpone and tarragon pate

    Save precious time on the big day and opt for this simple and delicious twist on smoked salmon paté that can be made 2-3 days ahead.

  • Smoked salmon wasabi and radish finger sandwiches

    These delicate finger sandwiches are the perfect balance of old and new. Silky smoked salmon, the crunch of radish and a hint of wasabi.

  • Prawn pickled fennel and pink peppercorn mini burgers

    A quick pickle of fennel and pink peppercorns will make these picture-perfect mini prawn burgers an easy way to impress your guests!

  • Beetroot and juniper glazed salmon with horseradish mash

    If you're after a seafood dish that can be the star of the show, make this elegant side of beetroot-glazed salmon the centrepiece of your Christmas table.

  • Portuguese-style-barbecued-seafood-platter

    Marinated in a smoky spice mix, this amazing seafood platter needs nothing more than a squeeze of lemon for the perfect finish.

18 December 2018

Christmas salads

  • These summery salads will add colour, crunch and a distinctly Australian feel to your Christmas feast!

  • Prosciutto and caramelised peach salad with buffalo mozzarella

    A thoroughly modern twist on an Italian classic. The addition of char-grilled peaches makes this simple salad amazing!

  • Charred broccoli and brussels sprout salad with haloumi and red quinoa

    If you can't decide between traditional veggies and salad - load up your plate with this green feast!

  • New caesar salad with oat croutons

    This better-for-you twist on a classic is topped with oats and seeds instead of croutons and finished with a creamy buttermilk dressing!

  • Tomato and crispy parsley pasta salad

    The pasta salad to beat all pasta salads. Packed full of fresh flavours, this will become a summer staple.

  • Quinoa cauliflower salad

    Quick and easy to prepare, the addition of hazelnuts and currants gives this simple salad a festive touch.

  • Sweet and sour beetroot salad

    Get set to impress! Crunchy and bold with a hint of sweetness, this salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

17 December 2018

Christmas mains

  • ​'Tis the season to impress your guests with one of these delicious mains! Get inspired this Christmas whether you're after a traditional ham or speedy roast chicken - we've got you covered.

  • Milk braised dijon chicken

    Not only is it the most incredible chicken - ever! By cooking it on the stovetop you save valuable space in the oven for vegetables.

  • Quick butterflied roast chicken

    Short on time? Butterfly your chicken for a faster, more even cooking result. Best. Idea. Ever!

  • Fennel black pepper and lemon slow-cooked pork

    As delicious as it is impressive, this flavoursome pork roast will quickly become a family favourite.

  • Porchetta

    Deceptively simple, this lovely pork loin features delicate flavours and a perfectly crisp finish.

  • Apple and herb brined turkey with rosemary gravy

    A whole bird makes a stunning centrepiece on any festive table.

  • Buttermilk brined sage turkey breast with red currant sauce

    Easy to cook and a breeze to carve, this beautiful sage and buttermilk brined turkey breast is hard to beat.

  • Whisky marmalade and mustard glazed ham

    Seriously glam but secretly really very simple this glossy glazed ham needs just a few store-cupboard ingredients.

  • Spiced pomegranate and orange glazed ham

    Destined to impress... If you've looking for something a little extra, this spiced ham will do the trick.

  • Cheats glazed ham

    This ham is super-simple to prepare but retains the sticky sweet depth of flavour that defines traditional Christmas ham.

12 December 2018

Christmas potatoes

  • Put a clever new spin on classic flavours this festive season with these versatile potato recipes!

  • Roast chat potatoes with Cafe de paris butter

    Raise the bar on your usual roast potatoes with a knob of velvety Cafe de Paris butter. Too good!

  • Char-grilled potato salad with creamy mustard dressing

    Going cool this year? Even the potato salad has been given a modern (read delicious) update.

  • Rosemary mascarpone and potato tart

    Try not to upstage the main with this beautiful potato, manchego and mascarpone tart.

  • Polenta and parmesan crumbed potatoes

    What a clever twist! Try using polenta and parmesan for a crunchy crumb.

  • Roasted duck fat tarragon potatoes

    When a classic is so good it can't be improved... tarragon, duck fat, potato. These potatoes are everything.

  • Roasted potato stacks with pecorino and marjoram

    Transform your potato offering into something more sophisticated, like these picture-perfect potato stacks.

12 December 2018

Christmas edible gifting

  • ​Impress your friends this festive season and gift them the perfect Christmas treat! Who wouldn't be happy with something lovingly homemade?

  • Classic vanilla caramels

    A timeless classic. These creamy vanilla caramels are wrapped and ready to become a special gift.

  • Jam drop cookies

    Suitably festive, yet quick and easy to make - these jam drop cookies are everyone's favourite.

  • Chocolate caramel truffles

    These chocolate truffles are so rich and smooth, you'll want to keep some for yourself.

  • Raspberry and rose petal rocky road

    Rocky road… so pretty and so irresistible. Best wrapped and given to friends – before you eat them all!

  • Cranberry choc-chip cookie mix

    Assemble this thoughtful present for someone to mix and make. Cookies in a flash!

  • Gingerbread men garland

    String them up around the house or tie them to a gift. These gingerbread taste as good as they look!

11 December 2018

Christmas treats sneak peek

  • Don't be without inspiration this festive season, as I've collected the best Christmas recipes in one handy cook book. Here's a look at some of my favourite sweet recipes.

  • Snowy Christmas fruit cake

  • Raspberry and white chocolate trifle

  • Cloth steamed plum puddings

  • Chewy caramels with salted peanuts

  • Gingerbread houses

  • All of these classic recipes are available in Christmas Feasts and Treats, buy the book now!

​Donna’s new cook book, Christmas Feasts and Treats is your go-to guide for a fuss-free Christmas. Here’s a sneak at the second part of the book, Treats.

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10 December 2018

Christmas sides

  • These extra special sides will add colour and style to your Christmas table. Simple to prepare and full of flavour - they will help you deliver the most magical yet.

  • Honey fennel carrots with crispy chickpeas

    Flavours of sumac and fennel complement perfectly with the sweet addition of honey.

  • Baby asparagus with garlic oregano crumbs

    Just the right amount of crunch and a little zesty dressing makes this fresh asparagus delicious.

  • Slow roasted onion tray stuffing with olives sage and oregano

    Simply perfect tray-baked stuffing you can prepare ahead of time.

  • Sweet potato hasselbacks with basil salsa verde

    A modern upgrade on the hasselback technique, this recipe is a firm favourite.

  • Pistachio orange and cranberry butter

    Festive flavours rolled into this butter will transform your beans into something extra special.

  • Parmesan and lemon thyme parsnip strips

    Crispy and crunchy wafer-thin parsnips made using the ever-versatile vegetable peeler.

We’ve rounded up our favourite sides that will add flavour and perfectly complement your mains for a well rounded festive feast.

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04 December 2018

Christmas feasts sneak peek

  • Christmas is sorted this festive season, as I've put all the classic dishes you love together in one handy cook book. Here's a look at some of my favourite recipes.

  • Spiced pomegranate and orange glazed ham

  • Apple cider mustard and sage glazed ham

  • Prosecco brined turkey breast with brussels sprouts and speck

  • Vincotto roast chicken with herb and sherry stuffing

  • Broccoli with lemon butter and thyme breadcrumbs

  • Whole roasted white wine and butter cauliflower

  • All of these classic recipes are available in Christmas Feasts and Treats, buy the book now!

​Donna’s new cook book, Christmas Feasts and Treats is your go-to guide for a fuss-free Christmas. Here’s a sneak at the first part of the book, Feasts.

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27 November 2018

Christmas sweet treats

  • Treat your guests to some festive fun with these delicious sweet treats - perfect for parties!

  • Cinnamon and chocolate caramel apples

    Destined to impress these apples are a modern twist on a classic.

  • Vanilla star christmas pudding ice-cream sandwiches

    Festive in shape and flavour, these are a hit for guests young and old.

  • Nougat ginger and mascarpone trifles

    Here's a trifle with gingery bite and a Christmas finish.

  • Salted dark chocolate christmas pudding truffles

    Using store bought Christmas pudding, here's a quick way to make a festive truffle.

  • Spiced star cookies

    Just a hint of spice, for a sweet afternoon treat.

  • Blackberry yoghurt and lemon eton mess

    Using a few simple cheats, the classic eton mess gets a bold and refreshing update.

  • You will find more ideas and your complete guide to a Donna Hay Christmas, in my new book out now!

Impress your guests with a little sweet treat – the perfect end to a magical occasion. 

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27 November 2018

Christmas party starters

  • You'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time having fun with this collection of clever and delicious nibbles.

  • Minted spinach dip with yoghurt

    Been asked to bring a dip? This simple combination of mint, spinach and creamy yoghurt will surprise and delight!

  • Goats cheese and beetroot tarte tatin

    A modern twist on a classic, this festive tart is set to impress.

  • Coconut rice paper rolls

    A refreshing starter utilising fragrant herbs for a lighter option.

  • Prawns with bloody mary mayonnaise and celery salt

    Classic prawns with a modern twist and some big flavours.

  • Ricotta and parmesan fritters with pesto

    These are great served alone, or as a base with smoked salmon.

  • Creamy lemon goat's cheese in dukkah

    A favourite pantry staple, spicy dukkah adds an exotic touch to these goat's cheese bites.

  • You will find more ideas and your complete guide to a Donna Hay Christmas, in my new book out now!

Simple and tasty, these quick and easy nibbles are guaranteed to please.

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27 November 2018

Christmas cocktail hour

  • Let the Christmas celebrations begin! With a drop of festive fizz, some sophisticated punch or a classic cocktail.

  • Fennel-infused vodka punch with blueberries

    A chic drink with a fragrant touch.

  • Rosehip raspberry and blood orange cocktail

    Served tall and with a hint of bubbles, this cocktail sparkles with Christmas colours.

  • Lemongrass and cucumber caprioska

    A classic with a refreshingly cool twist.

  • Cranberry and pomegranate spritz

    Rich red berries turn this drink into a festive hit.

  • Pink grapefruit margarita

    A zesty combination of grapefruit and lime, this margarita is perfect for the warmer weather.

  • Strawberry and bitters sparkling cocktail

    A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this glass is bursting with bitters and bubbles.

Nothing says Christmas like the pop of a cork, fresh fruity flavours and a toast to great friends!

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12 November 2018

our favourite: edible decorations

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

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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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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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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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