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 crackers with salmon roe, nashi and roasted chilli

Prawn crackers.

These crisp, decadent canapes are layered with intense flavours and textures but are super light and refreshing. Assemble them just before serving, as soggy prawn crackers will ruin the fun.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 30 14:56:49 EST 2012

Thai beef with quail egg

Karen Martini's Thai beef with quail egg.

This is a variation on a classic Thai salad that relies on a traditional balance of flavours complemented by the richness of quail eggs, fresh herbs and the contrasting texture of toasted rice.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 30 14:56:51 EST 2012

Spring rolls with crab, sweetcorn, tofu and wood ear fungus

Spring rolls with crab, sweetcorn, tofu, wood ear fungus, crab and five spice.

Spring rolls can be a little fiddly at first, but once you get the hang of them they’re pretty straightforward.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 30 14:56:54 EST 2012

Chilli jam

Chilli jam.

This simple sauce is so much better than mass-produced versions. Serve with ribs, chicken wings or wontons.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 30 10:04:09 EST 2012

Perfect party food

Prawn crackers.

Karen Martini's light and fresh cocktail food is full of intense flavours.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 27 03:00:00 EST 2012

Savoy cabbage slaw with sour cream, apple and caraway

Slaw with apple.

This sprightly salad is a delicious alternative to traditional coleslaw. It's great with spicy ribs, roast chicken, crumbed veal or a simply grilled steak.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 20 11:51:06 EST 2012

Spicy pork ribs

Karen Martini's spiced pork ribs.

Smoky, spicy and messy, these ribs are rewarding and simple to make.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 20 03:00:00 EST 2012

Fried rice with chicken, ginger and egg

Chicken ginger egg fried rice.

This is really satisfying and quick to whip up, especially if you have cooked rice to hand. Both white and brown rice work well, but the latter has a wonderful nutty flavour and a chewy texture.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Nov 15 16:35:38 EST 2012

Chicken and pancetta salad with crisp parsnip and saba dressing

Chicken pancetta salad.

This is a perfect light salad for lunch. Buy the best organic chicken you can find. You can prepare the chicken beforehand and put the salad together at the last minute.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Nov 15 16:15:21 EST 2012

Vietnamese chicken and rice noodle soup

Vietnamese Chicken & rice noodle soup.

Fresh herbs, chilli and bean sprouts add texture and lift to the spice-laden broth.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Nov 15 15:46:56 EST 2012

Fresh labna rolled in my zaatar with radish and chilli

Karen Martini's fresh labna rolled in zataar with radish and chilli.

Fresh labna balls are great to have on hand when guests drop in. Just remember to remove them from the fridge 15 minutes before serving to take the chill off.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Nov 12 12:22:42 EST 2012

Chow mein-style pork with cabbage, peas and Hokkien noodles

Chow mein-style pork  with cabbage, peas and hokkien noodles.

This dish was a family staple when I was growing up. I've increased the amount of cabbage, made a few tweaks and added the noodles, and now my girls love it, too.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Nov 12 12:22:41 EST 2012

Salad of freekeh with pickled red onion, cherries, toasted walnuts and mint

Karen Martini's salad of freekah with pickled red onion, fresh cherries toasted walnuts and mint.

Freekeh is a nutritious grain made from roasted green wheat, with a nutty and smoky flavour. With high levels of protein, minerals, vitamins and fibre, but low in carbs, freekeh is ideal in salads...

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Nov 12 11:22:27 EST 2012

Spring chicken, rice, lentil and spinach soup

Karen Martini's spring chicken, rice, lentil and spinach soup.

Full of wholesome goodness, this soup is as much about vegetables as chicken. You can make it a day or two ahead of time, which allows the flavours to develop.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Nov 12 10:57:41 EST 2012

Spaghettini of zucchini, mint, currants, pine nuts and pecorino

Karen Martini's spaghettini of zucchini, mint, pine nuts and pecorino.

This recipe reminds me of my time in Sardinia. The vibrant, minty pesto is a perfect foil for the sweet zucchini and currants, and the pecorino adds a distinctive savoury tang.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Nov 12 10:53:21 EST 2012

Frisee and pulled buffalo mozzarella salad with capers, dill and parsley

Karen Martini's frisee and pulled buffalo mozzarella salad.

You can serve this as part of an antipasti spread or as a side dish with char-grilled meat.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Nov 12 10:52:29 EST 2012

Quick pickle of balsamic mushrooms with treviso and parmesan

Karen Martini's quick pickle of balsamic mushrooms with trevisio and parmagianno.

Mushrooms are delicious when pickled in balsamic vinegar. They have a lovely sweetness that works well with the heat from chilli.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 09 16:31:21 EST 2012

Beef, mint and lemongrass salad with rice vermicelli

Karen Martini's beef, mint and lemongrass noodle salad.

I love the heady mix of mint, lemongrass, chilli and coriander seed, which goes so well with the beef and freshly cooked noodles.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 09 16:26:17 EST 2012

Dark chocolate olive oil cake

Dark chocolate olive oil cake.

This is divine - don't wait for a special occasion to make it. Olive oil replaces butter and gives the cake a large, soft crumb.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 09 16:01:27 EST 2012

Greek olive oil beans with feta

Greek olive oil beans with feta.

Broad beans can be eaten with the skins on. This dish can be served hot or at room temperature. Enjoy it with poultry, grilled meats or on its own.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Nov 09 16:01:23 EST 2012