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Karen Martini

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

Spatchcock with spicy escabeche dressing

Spatchcock with spicy escabeche sauce. Karen Martini FISH, FOWL & BEAST recipes for Epicure Good Food and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling By Caroline Velik. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald. Photographed Dec 20, 2012.

This roasted spatchcock is best served warm or at room temperature, when the meat is most succulent and the fragrance of tarragon, paprika and saffron is in the air.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 31 13:07:12 EST 2013

Last days of summer

Spatchcock with spicy escabeche dressing.

Recipes for spatchcock with spicy escabeche dressing; roasted porterhouse with cinnamon rainbow chard and horseradish bread sauce, and a blue-eye, tomato, potato and ginger curry.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 29 03:00:00 EST 2013

Moorish pork skewers

Moorish pork skewers with black olive & orange salsa.

These pork skewers crackle with spice and are perfectly complemented by the tangy salsa, cooling quark and fresh herbs.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 24 10:16:48 EST 2013

Pita with crab, egg, soft herbs and caperberries

Karen Martini's Pan-fried pita with crab, egg, soft herbs & capers.

This is a great cutlery-free entree for entertaining outside. You can set up a little assembly line of the toppings and cook or reheat the pitas on the flat top of the barbecue.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 24 10:16:45 EST 2013

Pita bread

Karen Martini's pita bread

This is a simple dough, a bit like pizza dough, but the results are quite impressive, producing light and airy pitas.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 24 10:16:42 EST 2013

Bake, wrap and roll

Moorish pork skewers with black olive and orange salsa.

These pitas are great for a light meal, fit well into school lunches and are easily dressed up for smart finger food.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 22 03:00:00 EST 2013

Bake, wrap and roll

These pitas are highly versatile.

These pitas are great for a light meal, fit well into school lunches and are easily dressed up for smart finger food.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 22 03:00:00 EST 2013

Vanilla and blackberry caramel ripple ice-cream

Vanilla boysenberry ripple. Karen Martini ICE CREAM recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik. PLEASE DO NOT CROP OUT FOREGROUND OF DISH OR IMAGE. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is simple to make and dresses up store-bought ice-cream in a really fresh and flavoursome way. It's ideal for a casual barbecue or party.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 15 15:38:12 EST 2013

Coconut and lime icy pole with spiced syrup and pineapple

Pine lime splice. Karen Martini ICE CREAM recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik, plates from Mud, small spoon from Ex libris, MUST CREDIT. PLEASE DO NOT CROP OUT FOREGROUND OF DISH OR IMAGE. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is an adult dessert caught up in a childhood memory. The spice syrup has fairly sophisticated flavours and the super-fine pineapple dice with slivers of lime leaf adds refined freshness, but...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 15 13:44:05 EST 2013

Banana and coconut 'ice-cream' sandwich with chocolate and toasted coconut

Banana and coconut ice-cream sandwich.

This is more creamy ice than ice-cream; it doesn't have the silky texture of a classic churned custard, but the bananas add real richness and texture.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 15 13:29:52 EST 2013

Sweetness and light

Pine lime splice.

Karen Martini's vanilla and blackberry caramel ripple ice-cream.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 15 03:00:00 EST 2013

Roasted barramundi with hot and sour Thai caramel

Roasted barramundi hot and sour Thai caramel. Karen Martini FISH recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik, dark blue linen from Minimax, cutlery from Izzi & Popo, MUST CREDIT. PLEASE DO NOT CROP OUT FOREGROUND OF DISH OR IMAGE. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This is a simple but sophisticated way to serve roasted fish. I first made it when I was craving Asian flavours after a long day cooking and shooting Mediterranean dishes.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Dec 21 11:13:40 EST 2012

Seared tuna steak with pine nuts, currants, sorrel and mint

Unilateral seared tuna steak with pinenuts, currants and mint. Karen Martini FISH recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik, dark blue linen from Minimax, linen napery from The Works,

Cooking tuna on one side may seem a little unusual, but by doing so you preserve the beautiful raw flesh while still getting the flavour from a good sear.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Dec 21 11:13:38 EST 2012

Whitebait 'chips' with green Tabasco mayonnaise

White bait chips with green Tabasco mayonnaise.

I served these up to my little ones recently and they instantly called them ''fish-chips'' and couldn't get enough of them.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Dec 21 11:13:35 EST 2012

Spice up the fish 'n' chips

White bait chips with green Tabasco mayonnaise.

Recipes for whitebait 'chips' with green Tabasco mayonnaise, seared tuna steak with pine nuts, currants, sorrel and mint and roasted barramundi with hot and sour Thai caramel.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 18 03:00:00 EST 2012

Slow-roasted tomatoes with paprika and oregano

Karen Martini's slow-baked tomatoes.

These tomato gems need a little preparation, but once done they're great to bring a Spanish touch to all sorts of dishes.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 11 07:53:43 EST 2012

Seared scotch fillet with ricotta, white anchovies and a parsley, radish and shallot salad

Karen Martini's seared scotch fillet with ricotta and white anchovies.

This really is one of my favourite ways of eating steak. The charry steak is offset by the richness of the ricotta, the vinegared anchovies and the peppery radish.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 11 07:46:53 EST 2012

Grilled calamari with dried black olives, chilli and almonds

Grilled calamari with dried black olives, chilli and almonds.

Something magical happens when you barbecue calamari - the smell is so evocative it makes me immediately hungry.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 11 07:28:51 EST 2012

A taste of Spain

Grilled calamari with dried black olives, chilli and almonds.

These three dishes are not so much Spanish dishes as dishes inspired by Spain.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 11 03:00:00 EST 2012

Spiced pork ribs

Spiced pork ribs.

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

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Dec 05 11:57:51 EST 2012