Good Food - Karen Martini

Karen Martini

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Karen Martini is a Melbourne-based chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. karenmartini.com

Vietnamese-style steak tartare

Given the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine, it makes perfect sense to give a classic steak tartare a South-East Asian makeover.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 27 10:19:09 EST 2015

Barbecued king prawns with Korean-style chilli sauce

Korean barbecue king prawns

Nothing says summer to me like prawns being grilled on the barbecue. Often that will mean garlic, olive oil and plenty of lemon juice and pepper, but I also love chargrilled prawns with the darkly...

Celebration,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 16 11:00:19 EST 2014

Karen Martini's last-minute Christmas pudding

Last-minute spiced Christmas pudding.

My recipe for Christmas pudding can be made well ahead of time if you like, and the flavour will build in intensity and it will become even more moist.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 09 11:08:17 EST 2014

Seared ocean trout with grilled cos lettuce, peas and salsa verde

Seared ocean trout with grilled cos lettuce and salsa verde

Smoked or cured salmon seems to be such a feature at Christmas, but I almost always make ocean trout gravlax.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 09 10:47:35 EST 2014

Baked ham with spiced Guinness, mustard and marmalade glaze

Baked ham with Guinness, mustard and marmalade glaze.

A whole baked ham is such a dramatic centrepiece for a Christmas spread, and this version has layers of intensity and flavour from the Guinness, marmalade, mustard and spices.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 09 10:28:26 EST 2014

Seared ocean trout with grilled cos lettuce, peas and salsa verde

Christmas is not only a time for tradition, it's a time to experiment with tasty treats.

Good Food | Karen Martini | Mon Dec 08 23:30:00 EST 2014

Karen Martini's cherry, macadamia, Turkish delight and amaranth white Christmas

Karen Martini revises white Christmas, a staple on her Christmas table growing up.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Dec 01 23:30:00 EST 2014

Cherry, macadamia, Turkish delight and amaranth white Christmas

I've always loved the look of white Christmas, but it never quite lived up to its pretty appearance.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Dec 01 12:37:34 EST 2014

Cherry, macadamia, Turkish delight and amaranth white Christmas

White Christmas with Turkish delight, macadamias and amaranth.

I always loved the look of this slice, but it never quite lived up to its pretty appearance. This version ups the indulgence with the inclusion of plenty of white chocolate, Turkish delight,...

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Dec 01 12:37:34 EST 2014

Spiced chicken tortillas

Perfect for entertaining: Braised chopped chicken with soft tortillas.

This is perfect for a family dinner or for entertaining a hungry group. Just pop everything on the table and let them put the tortillas together.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 25 11:04:13 EST 2014

Saffron scones with date, lemon and orange blossom marmalade and labna

Saffron scones.

From spiking a heady seafood broth to scenting delicate sweets, I love the unmistakable fragrance of saffron.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 18 10:22:54 EST 2014

Pan-roasted kingfish with fregola, broad beans and harissa

Tender and succulent: Seared fish cutlet with broad bean and fregola stew.

This dish borrows a little from Italy and a little from North Africa, but then again those Mediterranean borders have always been a little blurred.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 11 09:38:54 EST 2014

Karen Martini's easy eats

Beef, ginger and Thai basil stir-fry.

Must-try red velvet cupcakes, a delicious midweek meal and a chicken pie with a kale twist, Karen Martini shares three recipes from her new cookbook Home.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 04 00:00:00 EST 2014

Roasted rhubarb and strawberries with rose geranium and prosecco

This makes a delicious dessert with some Italian meringue, or a scoop of gelato or frozen yoghurt. You could also serve it with chilled vanilla custard, honey and shards of crisp, layered filo.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Oct 28 10:52:35 EST 2014

Orecchiette with eggplant, oregano, balsamic and ricotta

Orecchiette with eggplant and ricotta.

This is a pantry-inspired pasta, one I made when the cupboard was almost bare. It's common to fry the eggplant for a pasta like this, but blanching it makes for a much lighter dish, and the texture...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Oct 21 11:08:12 EST 2014

Baked Lebanese lamb meatballs with peas and labna

Baked Lebanese lamb meatballs with peas and labna.

The peas are as much the star of this dish as the meatballs, and both go beautifully with the baked labna. This flavourful bake makes a great midweek meal.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Oct 14 09:54:33 EST 2014

Homemade ricotta

Homemade ricotta

Making your own ricotta might seem a big commitment, but it's actually a pretty simple and really quite rewarding process.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Oct 07 11:31:57 EST 2014

Lemon, semolina and olive oil cake

Lemon, semolina and olive oil cake.

The olive oil in this fragrant, sticky and lemony cake gives it a large, moist crumb that's best enjoyed while still warm.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Oct 07 10:51:15 EST 2014

Spring chicken pot-au-feu

Spring Chicken Pot-au-Feu.

This is a delicious alternative to a regular Sunday roast and it presents so beautifully at the dinner table.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Sep 30 12:57:42 EST 2014

Cider-roasted rainbow trout with kaiserfleisch, apple, fennel and lemon

Cider-roasted rainbow trout.

Rainbow trout is quite a robustly flavoured fish, which works perfectly with the sweet apples, smoky kaiserfleisch and the fragrant lemon and anise notes of the fennel paste.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Sep 23 12:56:36 EST 2014