We love food, and everything to do with food. Which also means we love watching our food and cookery shows (you can find our post on food shows here). Having seen pretty much all the reruns of Nigella Lawson’s specials and Jamie Oliver’s oomph, we just found our new favourite food show on TLC – Donna Hay – Fast, Fresh and Simple. Her show lives up to the title – the beautiful Australian chef does indeed make food that is fast, fresh and simple.
Donna’s first television series reveals what makes her recipes, books and magazine so well-loved and admired. The show showcases the natural charm and passion Donna brings to the world of cooking. A relaxed and composed cook, Donna shares her tricks and tips of combining fresh and pantry ingredients to create fast and simple dishes, presented in her signature style.
What we love about the show is that Donna uses simple, and easily available ingredients while cooking, and tends to use incredibly easy cooking techniques too (we hate those shows that ask us to ‘fold’ and cut ‘juliennes’ perfectly). And she doesn’t just wow us with the easy to cook food, she presents it beautifully and the food is really delicious too (we’ve tried it).
Many say that Donna Hay is the new Nigella Lawson; mainly so Nigella’s show finally came to an end a year back, and TLC decided to stop airing the reruns. Hence the new and ‘fresh’ show from Donna Hay. #DonnaHay also became one of the most trending topics on Twitter, once the show began to be aired on TLC.
Before we finish, we’d like to share this wonderful Cheat’s Chocolate Fondant recipe of Donna Hay. We tried it at home, and we were actually able to make it this beautiful!
Cheat’s Chocolate Fondant: (Serves 4*)
50g plain flour, sifted
55g icing sugar, sifted
90g ground almonds
2 egg whites
100g butter, melted
160g dark chocolate, melted
4 small squares dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).
- Place the flour, sugar, almond meal, eggwhites, butter and melted chocolate in a bowl and mix well to combine.
- Spoon half the mixture into 4 x ½-cup capacity (125ml) lightly greased dariole moulds. Divide the extra chocolate squares between the moulds and top with the remaining mixture.
- Bake for 20–25 minutes or until cooked but soft in the middle. Stand in tins for 5–7 minutes before turning out.
That truly is a delicious recipe. We hope you enjoy it! Are there any Donna Hay (or any other cool Chef) recipes that you’ve tried and liked? Do share them with us!
*That’s if 4 people eat one fondant each – 4 fondants in total. So if you have a guest like someone who works at Zoink!, be rest assured that it would ‘serve’ only one