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Karen Martini

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

Roasted pumpkin and root-vegetable soup with cinnamon and ginger

Roasted root vegetable soup with cinnamon and ginger. Karen Martini PUMPKIN recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed March 5th, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This soup is complex, with a spike of ginger and spice accenting the layered flavours of the roast vegetables.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Apr 09 10:23:10 EST 2013

Pumpkin and feta pie with olive-oil pastry

Pumpkin and feta pie with olive-oil pastry.

Pumpkins are such a symbol of autumn, but they store so well you can eat local pumpkin almost all year round.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Apr 09 10:05:48 EST 2013

Legends of the fall

Pumpkin and feta pie with olive-oil pastry.

Recipes for pumpkin and feta pie, baked lasagnette with pumpkin, anchovies and taleggio and roasted pumpkin and root-vegetable soup.

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

Walnut meringue kisses with roasted blood plums

Walnut meringue kisses with roasted blood plums and double cream. Karen Martini PLUM recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by CAROLINE VELIK. Photographed March 5th, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is my kind of dessert. Although there is a little technique involved, everything is done well before dinner and a quick assembly results in an elegant and pretty dish.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Apr 02 11:19:21 EST 2013

Plum, blackberry and hazelnut shortcake

Plum, blackberry & hazelnut shortcake. Karen Martini PLUM recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by CAROLINE VELIK. Photographed March 5th, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This has a really natural, old-fashioned feel to it. The fruit makes for a gooey, jammy core and the rich, crumbly shortcake is packed with flavour.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Apr 02 11:07:28 EST 2013

Spiced blood-plum sauce

Spiced blood plum sauce. Karen Martini PLUM recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed March 5th, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This sauce is perfect with roasted and grilled poultry or pork, and as a dipping sauce for fried wontons or spring rolls. Make it when plums are abundant and bottle some gift-size jars for friends.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Apr 02 10:57:46 EST 2013

Autumn's red gems

Plum, blackberry and hazelnut shortcake.

Blood plums are a great eating fruit but also perfect for cooking.

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

Hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns. Karen Martini EASTER recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed March 5th, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

These spicy, fruit-rich buns are the best way to start Easter morning. They're great warm from the oven but, given the time they take to prove, I'd make them the day before and have them toasted with...

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Mar 29 10:29:05 EST 2013

Whole snapper with dried oregano and lemon

whole-snapper

Serving fish at Easter is a tradition in many households and a whole fish like this is the easiest and most satisfying way to do it - quick to prepare and delicious, it comfortably feeds a family.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Mar 29 10:28:46 EST 2013

Hazelnut chocolate nests

Hazelnut chocolate nests. Karen Martini EASTER recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed March 5th, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is a really simple and tasty way to dress up those shop-bought chocolate eggs. You can also have fun with the kids decorating the pattypan liners or making little baskets for the nests.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Mar 29 10:28:34 EST 2013

An Easter feast

Karen Martini 's hot cross buns.

Easter traditions include some pretty good food, if slanted towards the sweet end.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 26 03:00:00 EST 2013

Melted moments

Chocolate sponge with chantilly cream, chocolate sauce and candied macadamia nuts.

It's almost Easter and time to get into the swing of things with some chocolate-laced recipes.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 19 03:00:00 EST 2013

Haloumi and zucchini fritters

Haloumi and zucchini fritters.

Entree, finger food, side dish, breakfast; these fritters are rather versatile.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Mar 14 15:16:06 EST 2013

Fried haloumi with white cabbage, date and green chilli salad

Fried haloumi with white cabbage, date and green chilli salad.

The sharp freshness of the white cabbage, the sweetness of the dates and the pop of the chilli and spices work well with fried haloumi.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Mar 14 15:10:51 EST 2013

Spiced lamb shank and haloumi pie

Spiced lamb shank and haloumi pie. Karen Martini HALOUMI recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed February 15, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald. Spiced lamb shank and haloumi pie. Karen Martini HALOUMI recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed February 15, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

These are really elegant and flavourful little pies: sticky, rich and layered with spice.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Mar 14 14:58:15 EST 2013

An exotic take on an Aussie staple

Fried haloumi with white cabbage, date and green chilli salad.

Haloumi is great for frying but it also has lots of other cooking applications and works brilliantly in salads.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Zucchini, coconut and macadamia muffins

Zucchini and coconut muffins.

This is more or less a zucchini version of carrot cake. The sweetness of the zucchini is offset by the icing and lime.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 05 08:36:01 EST 2013

Coconut and raspberry cake with chocolate ganache

Gluten-free coconut and raspberry cake.

This is a rich, dense and thoroughly delicious cake. The avocado makes a perfectly textured ganache, while the avocado flavour is masked by the cocoa, which helps you to forget about all the good...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 05 08:30:49 EST 2013

Gluten-free Napoletana pizza

Karen Martini's gluten-free recipes.

It's hard to completely emulate the classic pizza base without traditional flour, but this comes pretty close. This recipe produces a crisp base with a satisfyingly chewy texture.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 05 08:24:52 EST 2013

Gluten freedom

Gluten-free coconut and raspberry cake.

Whether you're on a gluten-free diet by necessity or choice, you don't have to miss out on the things you love.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2013