Hay Hay it’s Donna Day: I’m hosting!

I was excited to hear from Denise over at Chez Us that I won the last Hay Hay it’s Donna Day cooking event!  I won a signed Donna Hay cookbook!!!  I also won the privilege of hosting the next HHDD event (you can read more about the history of the event here), meaning I choose a recipe, invite all my wonderful blog reading and cooking/ baking friends to recreate the recipe and send them in to me by the end of the month.  I will post a roundup on June 5th and ask people to vote on which interpretation they like best announcing a winner (and the next host/ess) on June 15th.

Rules of Entry…

  1. Hay Hay it’s Donna Day is open to all food and wine bloggers.
  2. Entries submitted for HHDD must be made specifically for the current round of this event, although photos may be submitted to photo competitions such as “Does My Blog Look Good In This.”
  3. The host will select, make and post an original Donna Hay recipe without any changes. Participants may make that exact same recipe as is, or put their own spin on the same recipe by altering an ingredient or two, while remaining within the theme.
  4. Entrants must include a link to the host (that’s me – www.eatlivetravelwrite.com) and the facilitator (that’s Denise – www.chezus.com) in their entry post.
  5. Entries can be made at any time once the event has been announced, but must be posted and emailed to me by the closing date, the end of the month.
  6. The host then assembles all the entries together into a roundup (posted before the 5th of the month), from where the participants of the round vote to elect a new host for the following event (voting must be done before the 10th of the month).
  7. Denise is going to try to keep this event going on a monthly bases, with an announcement of the new theme on the 15th of the month.
  8. With your entry please include the following:
  • The Name & URL of your blog
  • Your Name
  • Your Location
  • Name of your recipe
  • The URL or the permalink to your entry.
  • A photo of your recipe if you have. You do not have to re-size it, but it should be less than 1MB.

Twitter: Follow HHDD on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest.  Tweet about the event using #HHDD

Ok, enough with all that complicated sounding stuff.  This month, I chose a sweet recipe since it looks like it’s been a while since HHDD “did dessert”!  This is a super easy recipe – it will literally take you 5 minutes to assemble with a couple of hours chill time in the fridge.

Inspired by the recent surge of berries in the fruit and veg stores, I chose Donna’s Blackberry Cheesecake Pots:

Photo courtesy Donna Hay website.


Donna Hay’s Blackberry Cheesecake Pots

• 250g cream cheese
• ¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
• ¼ cup (60ml) pouring (single) cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 120g fresh blackberries
• 8 biscotti, to serve

Process the cream cheese, sugar, cream and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Add half the blackberries and process until just crushed. Spoon into 4 x ½ cup-capacity (125ml) dishes and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Serve with the biscotti and the remaining blackberries. Serves 4.

I happened to have a bit of time this past weekend so followed the recipe exactly:

Have to say that this did not firm up as much as I would have liked it to, even after a couple of hours in the fridge.  It was more a yoghurt consistency, which was fine with me but if you want yours to be a little more firm, I would suggest using 35% (whipping) cream – I used 18% as per Donna’s recipe – and whipping it BEFORE you mix it into the cream cheese.  I served it with a blackberry coulis:

And am excited to be able to eat this for breakfast this week!

So do please join me (Soyez nombreux as they say en France!) and make this recipe as per Donna’s instructions or you can add your own spin on it.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Don’t forget – you have until 6pm on Wednesday, May 19th to enter my Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Cookbook giveaway! Details here.

45 Responses to Hay Hay it’s Donna Day: I’m hosting!

  1. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen May 17, 2010 at 05:57 #

    OOOOHHH! I wasn’t aware of #HHDD!! I want to take part, since I love Donna Hay recipes! Great!

  2. Casey Angelova May 17, 2010 at 06:14 #

    Being an American, I have always been partial to Martha Stewart, so let me branch out and explore some Donna Hay! I hope I can find some original recipes on the web.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 20, 2010 at 06:40 #

      You can find a lot of her recipes on the website listed in the post but for this challenge, you have the recipe right here!

  3. Jamie May 17, 2010 at 07:27 #

    Thanks so much for the invite, Mardi! I’d love to play along! And funny thing is I had planned making something just like this tomorrow so i’ll use this basic recipe to create what I had been thinking of. Thanks! Great summer recipe! Though if we can’t get blackberries???

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 20, 2010 at 06:40 #

      Do what you can with what you can get. It is up to you! Can’t wait to see your spin on this!

  4. Belinda @zomppa May 17, 2010 at 08:09 #

    Congrats! This looks amazing.

  5. penny aka jeroxie May 17, 2010 at 08:17 #

    No baking? Sure! Must roll up my sleeves. So much cooking to do this month!

  6. Mr. Neil May 17, 2010 at 08:38 #

    I’m just happy to have the breakfast pots this week. 🙂

  7. Daydreamer Desserts May 17, 2010 at 08:45 #

    Congrats on the win, and thanks for the invite Mardi! I look forward to playing along with this yummy recipe.

  8. Jen Laceda May 17, 2010 at 10:21 #

    Uh….yum! Love the photography also!

  9. Lori Lynn May 17, 2010 at 11:20 #

    Sounds like a good idea to whip it before. I kinda want some sort of graham cracker with it…hmmm…

  10. Swee San May 17, 2010 at 14:28 #

    Do I have to use blackberries or can I substitute with other fruits ? As blackberries are really hard to find here ..

  11. Kate at Serendipity May 17, 2010 at 15:07 #

    Mardi, thanks for following my travels. It’s good to be home and to come here and see what you and Neil have been up to.

    This looks like fun! Is the deadline June 5, or do you need it before then?

  12. Cat May 17, 2010 at 20:41 #

    that looks delicious. if you felt like you needed to try it out on a few new folks on june 5th, i don’t think anyone would complain . . . 😉

  13. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best May 17, 2010 at 22:27 #

    Congratulations on the win and hosting this event. It looks like a great dessert.

  14. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) May 17, 2010 at 23:41 #

    Congratulations on the win! Love the cheesecake in the pot!

  15. The Housewife May 18, 2010 at 03:02 #

    I first came across Donna Hay during a trip to New Zealand. Love the recipe, so simple and elegant!

  16. Tracey@Tangled Noodle May 18, 2010 at 09:48 #

    Congratulations on winning the last HHDD and this is a marvelous choice for the next event. I have heard so much about Donna Hay and know next to nothing about her! The recipe looks wonderfully easy to make and would lend itself beautifully to other fruits. Thanks for the tip about a firmer consistency, which would be my preference. 😎

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 20, 2010 at 06:36 #

      Tracey – all of Donna’s recipes are so easy and actually this firmed up even more in the fridge over a couple of days!

  17. Kristen May 19, 2010 at 07:27 #

    Oh my gosh – what a delicious looking recipe!
    Congrats on the win!

  18. Shea M. May 21, 2010 at 09:43 #

    I’m so glad I checked your feed! I’ve been looking for a dessert I can make in my tiny German apartment (no oven!!) This should be a lot of fun; I’ll have to browse my local farmer’s market tomorrow for additional inspiration.

    Never heard of Donna Hay – Yay, another cookbook to consider 🙂 (My husband ought to be thrilled)

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 21, 2010 at 09:54 #

      Oh this is PERFECT for you to make in a tiny European apartment – I lived in Paris for nearly 6 years and had NO kitchen to speak of yet this would have been totally do-able!! Look forward to your submission!


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