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Karen Martini

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

Christmas mule

Christmas Mule. Karen Martini CHRISTMAS recipes for Epicure and Good Food.

Some traditional Christmas drinks are less than appetising in our climate: a cup of egg-nog on a 35-degree day just doesn't hit the spot for me.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:58:32 EST 2012

Baked Dutch Cream potatoes with sour cream and horseradish

Baked Dutch cream potatoes with sour cream and horseradish. Karen Martini CHRISTMAS recipes for Epicure and Good Food.

This is a variation on traditional baked potatoes, with an extra, crisp textural dimension. Fresh horseradish really makes the difference here, adding depth of flavour and a subtle touch of heat.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:29:38 EST 2012

Grilled asparagus with sorrel and shaved black truffles

Grilled asparagus with sorrel with shaved black Australian truffle. Karen Martini CHRISTMAS recipes for Epicure and Good Food.

The touch of truffle here is a little indulgent, and Australia is now producing world-class truffles. At Christmas though, they'll be coming from Europe.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:29:19 EST 2012

Prawn and quinoa salad with pistachios and mint

King prawn and quinoa salad with pistachios and mint.

Prawns are often a well-loved feature on Christmas Day menus, but this salad with quinoa, pistachios, mint and bright jewels of lemon really elevates the offering

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:28:11 EST 2012

Baked ham with cumquat marmalade glaze and spiced pineapple

Baked organic ham with cumquat marmalade glaze and allspice pineapple, shown with horseradish potatoes and grilled asparagus with sorrel and shaved black Australian truffle, and King prawn and Quinoa salad with pistachio and mint. Karen Martini CHRISTMAS recipes for Epicure and Good Food.

Every Christmas lunch needs a centrepiece and more often than not there's more than one vying for attention. This ham can also be baked in a barbecue (no hotter than 230C) if it's too hot indoors.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:28:55 EST 2012

Panforte bianco with pistachios, almonds and cherries

Paneforte bianco natale with white chocolate, pistachios, almonds and cherries.

This version of panforte makes a perfect gift and a little goes a long way. Serve thin slices of it with coffee late on Christmas Day.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:27:42 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

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

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