Good Food - Karen Martini

Karen Martini

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

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

Sticky chocolate gingerbread cake

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All the best bits of gingerbread and chocolate cake in one cake! This has an almost brownie-like texture and is spicy, sticky and super moist.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 09 09:56:00 EST 2013

Spiced coffee, date and pomegranate loaf

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This is my interpretation of Dan Lepard's Marrakesh Express loaf cake. It is dense and moist and loaded with spice, with a moreish sweet and sour accent from the pomegranate molasses - a slice with a...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 09 09:56:07 EST 2013

Walnut, macadamia and honey tart

Walnut, macadamia and honey tart.

This is my version of the classic walnut and honey tart popular in France in the cooler months.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 09 09:37:34 EST 2013

Nutty but nice

Walnut, macadamia and honey tart.

Browning pastry, caramelising sugar or the scent of a chocolate cake is a surefire way to warm the spirits.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 09 03:00:00 EST 2013

Eggs with ratatouille, ricotta and anchovies

Eggs with ratatouille, ricotta & anchovies. Karen Martini RATATOUILLE recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik. Photographed May 28, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is a filling and nutritious breakfast and perfect for when you've cooked a big batch of ratatouille.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 02 11:16:49 EST 2013

Bread-crusted King George whiting with ratatouille

Bread crusted King George whiting with ratatouille. Karen Martini RATATOUILLE recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik. Photographed May 28, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is such a simple but delicious dish. The buttery, garlicky bread toasts off to a golden crust and is a perfect foil for the gently cooked fish and zesty lemon.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 02 11:09:25 EST 2013

Ratatouille

Rustic-style ratatouille.

Ratatouille is emblematic of sun-drenched Provence in southern France, but it's also a great full-flavoured dish for winter and one of my favourite ways of eating Mediterranean vegetables.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 02 11:04:34 EST 2013

Sunshine on your plate

Rustic-style ratatouille.

Ratatouille is a great full-flavoured dish for winter and one of Karen Martini's favourite ways of eating Mediterranean vegetables.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jul 02 03:00:00 EST 2013

Barley "risotto" with mushrooms and speck

Barley ‘risotto’ with mushrooms & speck. Karen Martini MUSHROOMS recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik. Photographed May 28, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Barley has a lovely slippery, nutty texture that is divine with the earthy mushrooms and the smoky, meaty flavour of the speck.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 25 11:02:07 EST 2013

Braised chicken with white wine and mushrooms

Braised chicken with white wine and mushrooms.

This is a succulent wintry dish with a deep umami kick from the dried porcini and layers of flavour from the pancetta, caramelised vegetables, herbs and wine.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 25 10:49:30 EST 2013

Chicken, leek and mushroom pie

Chicken, leek and mushroom pie. Karen Martini MUSHROOMS recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik. Photographed May 28, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is a fairly traditional pie, old-fashioned even, but delicious, creamy and rich, and perfect with simply dressed salad greens.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 25 10:41:18 EST 2013

Winter warmers

Chicken, leek and mushroom pie.

This is a fairly traditional pie, old-fashioned even, but delicious, creamy and rich.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 25 03:00:00 EST 2013

A winter warmer to savour

Chicken, leek and mushroom pie This is a fairly traditional pie, old-fashioned even, but delicious, creamy and rich, and perfect with simply

Food News | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 25 03:00:00 EST 2013

Vanilla custard

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This is a pretty classic custard, delicious hot or cold. The lemon zest is optional but it adds an understated freshness that I really like and is particularly good with the roasted pears.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 18 10:24:52 EST 2013

Roasted pears with saffron, rosemary and bay

Karen Martini's roasted pears with verjuice, saffron, rosemary and bay.

These pears are part poached, part roasted, resulting in luscious flesh, scented with saffron and herbs, with delicious caramelised edges.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 18 10:08:48 EST 2013

Chocolate loaf cake

Chocolate loaf cake.

This cake is cast in an unassuming shape, as a humble loaf, but is delicious and versatile. Great by the slice with tea or coffee, with a dollop of double cream or dressed up further with a thick...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 18 10:01:50 EST 2013

Three desserts in one

Vanilla custard.

Roasted pears, chocolate cake and vanilla custard are made for each other, but try them on seperately if you prefer.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 18 03:00:00 EST 2013