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Tuesday 20th May 2008

Hay Hay it’s Donna Day!

Hay Hay it's Donna Day

Hay Hay it’s Donna Day - aka HHDD is a food blogging event run every 2 months approximately, where participants share their takes on an original Donna Hay recipe.

    **Please note** bronmarshall.com no longer facilitates HHDD.
    Thankfully Denise from ChezUs has taken it under her wing and is now facilitating and organising each event, please click here to find her Hay Hay it’s Donna Day page and receive more recent event details.

Self frosting cupcakes with nutella

Donna Hay’s Self-Frosting Cupcakes with Nutella

Donna Hay is one amazing Australian “home economist”. She started out scoring her first job in the Australian Womens Weeky test kitchen after completing a home economist course. Donna went on to become the food editor at Marie Claire magazine and this was where her fresh take on food styling and simple but stunning recipes really took off. Her styling and fuss free recipes so adored, it wasn’t long before she soon had her own magazine and had published several best selling cookbooks internationally. Some people have referred to her as Downunder’s answer to Martha Stewart, however, Donna doesn’t like to be thought of as a celebrity chef, but just one of the girls who always has time for food and fun in the kitchen.

The Hay Hay it’s Donna Day food blogging event started back in October 2005 when fellow food blogger Barbara from WinosandFoodies blogged about a Donna Hay recipe entitled “Self-Frosting cupcakes”. However, this wasn’t where the recipe first appeared in the food blogosphere - in fact it had caused quite a stir since first appearing on “Baking Sheet” which was Nic from Baking Bites first blog.
The “Self-Frosting Cupcake” recipe proved so popular, seemingly every baking loving blogger wanted to join in the fun. The recipe involved swirling some peanut butter into the top of the batter of a cupcake before baking it. However, our clever bloggers began exchanging the peanut butter for the beloved Nutella spread.

Barbara invited bloggers to share their take on this idea, by alternating the spread if they so desired, but not the cupcake batter - this was to remain Donna Hay’s original recipe. Barbara coined the event “Hay Hay it’s Donna Day”, a play on Donna Hay’s surname, obviously, but also after a popular Australian variety show on T.V during the 80’s called “Hey Hey it’s Saturday”.

As a proud Australian and huge fan of Donna Hay, Barbara believed the event to be a great way to celebrate Donna’s recipes and food styles… the first food blogging fan club if you like. The blogger with the best looking “Self-Frosting Cupcakes” went on to host the 2nd edition.

In April 2008, Barbara handed the ropes to me, and I am delighted to now be the new acting facilitator and caretaker of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day.

    **Please note** bronmarshall.com no longer facilitates HHDD.
    Thankfully Denise from ChezUs has taken it under her wing and is now facilitating and organising each event, please click here to find her Hay Hay it’s Donna Day page and receive more recent event details.

    If HHDD sounds like an event you would love to enter please familiarise yourself with the following…

    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 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.
    4. Entrants must include a link to the host and the facilitator (that’s me - bronmarshall.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 the host by the closing date.
    6. The host then assembles all the entries together into a roundup, from where the participants of the round vote to elect a new host for the following event.

    Feel free to copy the code in the righthand side box below to insert the HHDD logo into your entries…

      Hay Hay its Donna Day

      <a href="http://bronmarshall.com/?page_id=1011"> <img src="http://bronmarshall.com/hhdd_logo-copy.jpg" alt="Hay Hay its Donna Day"</a>

    Follow HHDD on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest goings-ons!

    To get even more warmly acquainted with this well loved event you may be enjoy viewing the HHDD Flickr Photo Pool here
    and be sure to browse these amazing roundups from all the previous HHDD events…


      #1 Self frosting Cupcakes - Barbara of Winosandfoodies
      #2 Coconut Macaroons - Glutton Rabbit
      #3 Chequerboard Snap Cookies - Clare @ Eat Stuff
      #4 Bruschetta - Bron Marshall
      #5 Savoury Tarts - Tami @ Running with Tweezers
      #6 Corn Fritters - Jen @ Milk and Cookies
      #7 - Doh! - seems we had an itch and skipped a beat!
      #8 Risotto - Cenzina @ cavolettodibruxelles
      #9 Soufflé - Tami @ Running with Tweezers
      #10 Cheesecake - Peabody @ Culinaryconcoctions
      #11 White Chocolate Mousse - Helen our Tartelette
      #12 Caesar Salad - Katie @ Other Peoples Food
      #13 Sorbet - Laura @ Eat, Drink, Live
      #14 Gnocchi - Lynn @ Cafe LynnyLu
      #15 Tarts - Sarina @ TriniGourmet
      #16 Terrines - Tami @ Running with Tweezers
      #17 Pizza - Joey @ 80 Breakfasts
      #18 Chocolate Coconut Tarts - Bordeaux @ Marita Says
      #19 Clafoutis - Bron Marshall
      #20 Choux - Suzana @ Home Gourmets
      #21 Tiramisù - Alexandra @ Addicted Sweet Tooth
      #22 Pancakes - Suzana @ Home Gourmets
      #23 Flavoured Yoghurt - Bordeaux of Marita Says
      #24 Pesto - Joey @ 80 Breakfasts
      #25 Double the Fun! Satay - Meeta @ What’s for Lunch Honey? & Sugar Grilled Fruits - Tartasacher @ Milpostres
      #26 Pepper Pasta - Soma @ eCurry,

        If you have any questions on HHDD, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

          **Please note** bronmarshall.com no longer facilitates HHDD.
          Thankfully Denise from ChezUs has taken it under her wing and is now facilitating and organising each event, please click here to find her Hay Hay it’s Donna Day page and receive more recent event details.

        Thank you
        Bron

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