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Donna Hay - Australian Celebrity Chef

Updated on October 9, 2014

Fast, fresh and simple food from one of Australia's best selling chefs

Donna Hay is one of the most well known chefs in Australia. She has published 14 best selling cookbooks and appeared on Masterchef Australia, breakfast show Sunrise and on the lifestyle food channel.

Her recipes are published each Sunday in the Sunday Telegraph and her books have have sold over 14 million copies worldwide. Her books are suited to both beginner and more advanced home cooks who like fresh, simple menus.

This page will show you some of my favorite Donna Hay recipes to give you an idea of the style of food in her books and televsion shows.

Donna Hay was named one of the 'Magnificent Seven' cookbook authors by the judges of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in January 2007* Wikipedia

My 10 Favorite Donna Hay Recipes - use the links below to get a taste of Donna Hay's fantastic recipes

  1. Roasted Capsicum, Bocconcini and Basil Tart

    I make this using all sorts of variations, potato and rosemary, zucchini and lemon zest, lamb mince and pine nuts... whatever takes my fancy

  2. Feta and Eggplant meatballs

    Possibly the best meatballs ever.... yes I know that's a big call ;)

  3. Haloumi Baked in Vine Leaves

    Haloumi - one word - YUM

  4. Cheat's Choirzo Paella

    Cheat and Chorizo in the same sentence... good work

  5. Strawberry and vanilla macaron trifle

    So, so, so pretty, and a bit of work - a special occasion dessert

  6. Lemon Pudding

    These simple individual lemon puddings will impress

  7. Pavlova Recipe

    Donna Hay's famous pavolva from the Australian Masterchef TV show

  8. Parmesan Crusted Chicken

    My guilty pleasure

  9. Flourless Chocolate Cake

    The perfect entertaining dessert

  10. Caesar Salad

    A modern take on Caesar Salad from the new book Fast, Fresh and Simple.

Donna Hay on Lifestye Food

The new show began this week

I watched the first episode of Donna's new show Donna Hay - Fast, Fresh and Simple and I really enjoyed it. It looks like it will be a great show for beginner chefs and people who love entertaining but don't like fussy recipes that take hours to prepare.

The first episode featured 5 recipes with my 2 favourites being;

Chicken with Honey and Haloumi and Chocolate Cinnamon Won-tons

I cooked both of these last weekend when I had some friends over for dinner. The chicken and Haloumi was simple and tasted great. The only modification I made was to add 1/3 more honey and lemon. I was not as happy with the Choc Cinnamon Wontons. A couple of things went wrong for me I think. Firstly I used organic dark chocolate and it was a little dry. I am not sure if it is because I cooked it too long or it just had less fat than regular chocolate. Secondly I made up the wontons in advance and sat them in the fridge before the guests arrived. This may also have contributed to the dryness. Every single one was eaten though so they were not that bad ;-)

fast, fresh, simple.
fast, fresh, simple.

I browsed this in the bookstore thinking I would ask my kids to buy it for me for Mother's day. There were so many things I wanted to make right now that I ended up splurging on it. It has so many great time saving tips and at the same time the food is so beautifully presented it looks like you spent hours preparing it. You can browse inside the book on the publishers website.


What do you think of Donna Hay and her recipes?

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Seasons [Paperback]
Seasons [Paperback]

Seasons is a huge book with over 300 pages of rustic, simple recipes. The seasonal arrangement of recipes works really well guiding you to cooking what are the best and cheapest ingredients at the markets. All of the recipes are photographed and it's as beautiful as it is practical.


Donna styled the party for Oprah and her entourage on the Ultimate Australia Adventure Dinner on Sydney Harbour

Why I love Donna Hay's food style

1. Donna's food is always simple yet looks stylish

2. The instructions are easy to follow and the recipes are not too long

3. She uses mostly fresh ingredients that are easy to obtain - no impossible to buy ingredients

Donna Hay books make great gifts for new cooks.

Have you cooked any of Donna Hay's recipes

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      grega85 6 years ago

      No, not yet, but I will try..

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      candleandblue 6 years ago

      No, but i am certainly going to give the trifle recipe a go.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great work on this - never heard of Donna Hay up until now!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Donna Hay's is great Australian chefs.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I'd second Addy in this, but would add "healthy" recipes too. So, Donna Hay is one of those chefs I'd check the recipes!

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      Anyone who advocates fast, fresh, and simple is a winner in my book!

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      TapIn2U 7 years ago

      I know so many great Australian chefs. Extremely talented people! Did you say she styled the party for Oprah's great Australian adventure? THAT party? I am amazed beyond belief. She must have a pretty hefty fee now if you hire her to style a party for you :) Great lens! ;-)

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Donna Hay's recipes look great, but the kitchen would not be a safe place if I were to even try to attempt any of them ;)