Good Food - Karen Martini

Karen Martini

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

Prawn recipes from Karen Martini

Prawn wontons with Sichuan salt and prawn essence.

Prawn essence or oil is a handy flavour boost to have on hand to drizzle over seafood pasta, risotto or soup.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Aug 20 03:00:00 EST 2013

Essence of sophistication

Prawn wontons with Sichuan salt and prawn essence.

Karen Martini's luxurious prawn essence really has the humblest of beginnings.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Aug 20 03:00:00 EST 2013

Walnut and coffee praline

Walnut and coffee praline.

Praline is a great way to dress up dessert, but even a simple scoop of vanilla ice-cream with a good sprinkling of crunchy praline is not so simple any more.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Aug 14 10:40:23 EST 2013

Espresso cream

Espresso cream.

This custard will thicken and set once it is fully chilled, making it perfect for spreading on eclairs. For the impatient, dipping the cooked choux in the espresso cream is almost as good.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Aug 14 10:33:43 EST 2013

Eclairs

Choux pastry eclairs.

You can pipe the pastry out as suggested to make a classic eclair shape or use a star nozzle in your piping bag for a different look.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Aug 14 10:24:39 EST 2013

Light and sweet, I do declare

Eclairs.

The three recipes used to make these eclairs are versions of dessert fundamentals.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Aug 13 12:20:00 EST 2013

Light and sweet, I do declare

Decadent: Eclairs with praline and espresso cream.

The three recipes used to make these eclairs are versions of dessert fundamentals: choux pastry, praline and pastry cream.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Aug 12 12:20:00 EST 2013

Broccolini with smoked speck, garlic and chilli

Broccolini with smoked speck, garlic and chilli.

This is a wintry way to dress up broccolini. The speck adds a robust smoky flavour and richness that really clicks for me on a chilly night.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Aug 07 12:49:28 EST 2013

Baked blue-eye with anchovy crust

Baked blue-eye with anchovy crust.

Blue-eye trevalla (also sold as blue-eye cod) carries intense flavours well and the typically thick fillets are perfect with a textural contrast such as this spicy, golden crumb.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Aug 07 12:36:22 EST 2013

All in favour of flavour

Baked blue-eye with anchovy crust.

These three dishes make for a homely but flavour-packed midweek meal. Use any leftover caper and egg sauce in sandwiches, tossed through cooled boiled potatoes or to liven up fish and chips.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Aug 06 12:46:20 EST 2013

Roasted curried pumpkin, parsnip and chilli soup

Curried pumpkin, parsnip and chilli soup with tamari nuts.

The garnish for this soup is almost as important as the soup itself.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Jul 31 10:20:54 EST 2013

Spiced tamari almonds, macadamias and sesame seeds

Spiced tamari almonds, macadamias and sesame seeds.

Spiced nuts are great as a snack, but they can also add flavour and a nutty unami boost to dishes.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Jul 31 10:12:53 EST 2013

Brown-rice hand rolls

Brown rice hand rolls.

The nutty, chewy brown rice works so well with the ground tamari nuts in what are otherwise fairly classic sushi hand rolls.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Jul 31 10:00:50 EST 2013

Sushi hand rolls with a twist

Curried roasted pumpkin, parsnip & chilli soup with tamari nuts.

The nutty, chewy brown rice works so well with the ground tamari nuts in what are otherwise fairly classic sushi hand rolls.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 30 00:05:30 EST 2013

Family dinner in a flash

Pennette with tuna, silverbeet and  mascarpone.

Karen Martini shares three of her no-fuss family-style meals you can pull together for a fast midweek dinner.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 23 03:00:00 EST 2013

Family dinner in a flash

Pennette with tuna, silverbeet and  mascarpone.

Karen Martini shares three of her no-fuss family-style meals you can pull together for a fast midweek dinner.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 23 03:00:00 EST 2013

Shaved fennel and artichoke salad

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Once you've got the knack of preparing artichokes, this delicious salad is simple to make and makes a great accompaniment to chargrilled meat or fish.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 16 12:20:32 EST 2013

Fennel and orange salad with currants and olives

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Fennel and navel oranges are both at their best in winter and happen to be delicious together. This refreshing salad is great with braised or slow-roasted lamb or pork.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 16 12:16:39 EST 2013

Chicken livers with sumac, currants and radicchio

Chicken livers with sumac, currants and radicchio.

Chicken livers are one of those foods you need to convince people about. This salad, with its sweet, sour and bitter accents and lemony punch of sumac, is a perfect vehicle for the rich and uniquely...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 16 12:11:14 EST 2013

Turn over a new leaf

Chicken livers with sumac, currants and radicchio.

Salads can lift a meal and add complexity, contrast and refreshment, writes Karen Martini.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 16 03:00:00 EST 2013