Karen Martini is a Melbourne-based chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. karenmartini.com
Holidays are a time when I love to relax with cooking, playing with new things and enjoy the creative and nourishing side of making delicious food.
Good Food | Karen Martini | Wed Jan 29 03:00:00 EST 2014
This noodle dish is so cool and cleansing. I love the simplicity but you can dress it up with some torn nori, sesame seeds, pea shoots, diced avocado or shredded chicken.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 11:33:12 EST 2014
This fresh and filling salad is perfect for dinner with grilled koftas, baked fish or a simple roast chicken and is great the next day for a no-fuss lunch at home or work.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 11:32:27 EST 2014
Making pesto with a mortar and pestle is satisfying and the result is quite different to a food processor.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 11:31:26 EST 2014
Karen Martini's working week-friendly recipes include simple soba noodles, a fresh and filling salad and hand-pounded pesto.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 03:00:00 EST 2014
Simple, quick and delicious, the flavour of the ocean trout works so well with the luscious, smoky eggplant, and the mint and walnut salad adds a nutty freshness.
Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Jan 24 09:01:50 EST 2014
This was one of my mother's staple dishes when I was growing up. In my reinvention, I've added a bit more spice and detail and some crunchy noodles for a textural contrast.
Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 23 16:02:11 EST 2014
This is a retro dish that really deserves a comeback. The sauce also works well with fish or pork chops, so double the quantity and keep it on hand for another dinner.
Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 23 15:55:43 EST 2014
Retro sweet and sour chicken and a reinvented chicken chow mein from Karen Martini's cookbook Everyday.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 21 03:00:00 EST 2014
This makes for a delicious dessert, or if you're feeling indulgent, a decadent brunch.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 12:40:50 EST 2014
Brioche is a bit of a labour of love to make but worth it. It's perfect for Christmas as you can use it in sweet and savoury ways.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 12:30:35 EST 2014
The buttery brioche and the earthy porcini duxelles make this a super deluxe version of an already pretty deluxe dish, beef Wellington.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 12:22:20 EST 2014
This dish has a distinct spicy accent but at the same time is quite delicate and refined. The eggplant steams in its own skin, resulting in silky flesh, which works well with the jewel-like raw tuna.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 10:11:43 EST 2014
This is a perfect dinner for two, beautifully cooked fish on the bone, scented with garlic and fresh bay leaves, simply dressed salad leaves, fresh bread to mop up the juices and a chilled glass (or...
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 10:02:09 EST 2014
Salmon can be such an intense fish and although it goes well with rich flavours, I enjoy it with a fresh contrast.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 09:43:58 EST 2014
Karen Martini's fresh take on salmon, snapper and tuna.
Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 03:00:00 EST 2014
There are few drinks that are as distinctly seasonal as Pimm's. A glass of Pimm's brimming with mint, cucumber, citrus and strawberries couldn't say summer louder if it tried.
Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Jan 06 15:30:35 EST 2014
Semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert and though it's a lot like ice-cream, you don't need a churn to make it.
Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Jan 06 15:26:02 EST 2014
This is a method for tempering chocolate that gives the finished bars a bright gloss and nice snap. The temperatures are important, so you'll want a digital probe thermometer.
Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Dec 23 13:34:41 EST 2013
You can have a lot of fun cutting these spicy cookies into different shapes, from circles to more elaborate festive forms - Christmas trees, stars and even snowflakes.
Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Dec 20 10:44:22 EST 2013