It's Donna's anniversary. Donna Hay magazine are celebrating 10 fabulous years.
I remember buying the first issue.
The issue I gave away as a prize for the best Peanut Butter Cupcakes at the very first Hay Hay It's Donna Day back in 2005. In 2008 Bron took over from me as facilitator. Bron in turn passed the baton to the current facilitator, Denise at Chez Us
Denize has been caught up in life and hasn't had the time to devote to HHDD. As it's been almost a year since the last HHDD event, I thought it might be fun to join in the 10 year anniversary celebrations with a special HHDD event.
Bring on the drinks. I made the Rhubarb, Vanilla and Lemon Cooler. You can make this or any other drink from Donna's web page.....or design your own drink. It's easy. The drinks are made of fruit flavoured syrups and a mixer (soda water, ginger beer, lemonade etc). Alcohol is optional.
- 500g rhubarb,trimmed and chopped
- 2 cups (440g) caster (superfine) sugar
- 1 cup @250ml) water
- 1 vanilla bean,split and seeds scraped
- 3/4 cup (180ml) lemon juice
- 2/3 cup (160ml) gin (optional)
- 4 cups (1 litre) soda water
- crushed ice, to serve
- 250g strawberries,hulled and thinly sliced
- Place the rhubarb, half the sugar, water and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Increase to high and bring to the boil for 5 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Allow to cool completely before straining, reserving the syrup and vanilla bean. Set aside.
- Place the lemon juice and remaining sugar in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, bring to the boil and cook a further 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. Allow to cool completely.
- Place the gin,lemon syrup,soda water, rhubarb syrup in a 6 cup capacity (1.5 litre) jug and stir to combine. Add the ice and top with the strawberry slices.
- Makes 6 cups.
Strawberry and lemon ice blocks
Place pieces of lemon with rind on into ice block trays and cover with water. Freeze over night.
Place ice blocks in glass and cover with mixed drink.
Rules of Entry…
- Hay Hay it’s Donna Day is open to all food and wine bloggers.
- 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.”
- 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 recipe by altering the ingredients whilst remaining with the theme. Or if they prefer participants may share a well loved recipe within the same theme.
- Entrants must include a link to the host (winos and foodies) and the facilitator (Chez Us) in their entry post.
- Entries can be made at any time once the event has been announced, but must be posted and emailed to the host by the closing date.
- The host then assembles all the entries together into a roundup, from where the participants of the round vote to elect a winner.
It is optional for the host to give a small gift to the winning participant. This should be something inexpensive and can be as simple as a pre loved, no longer used item from the host's kitchen drawers. (I've been culling my linen napkins and will be giving away a couple to the entry with the most votes).
Entries can be posted at any time up until Thursday 10th November. I will write the round up over the weekend with a voting page up on Monday 14th November. You will have a week to vote. Voting is only open to those who submit entries.
Send your entries to me at - pinotgrisATgmailDOTcom with HHDD in the subject line.
- your name
- blog name
- URL to your HHDD post
- a photo 250 x 250 px
Hay Hay Its Donna Day should not be confused with the styling and photography challenge over at Junglefrog Cooking. They are two seperate events.