Karen Martini

Karen Martini

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

Spiced calamari with fennel and smashed avocado

Spiced calamari with fennel and smashed avocado.

Though fennel is essentially a winter vegetable, this dish has quite a summery feel. I have no problem with a splash of sunshine in the cooler months.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jun 13 10:23:22 EST 2013

Give the spices a fresh shake

Spiced calamari with fennel and smashed avocado.

Spices can add layers of subtlety and detail to any number of dishes without necessarily adding heat.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Jun 10 12:04:20 EST 2013

Toasted muesli

Toasted muesli.

This muesli is full of seeds and almonds, with warm spice accents and a crunchy, nutty texture.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 04 10:10:23 EST 2013

Scrambled curried tofu with spinach and peas

Scrambled curried tofu with spinach and peas.

This is not a dish that I will have to convince vegans about, but nothing raises the scepticism of a carnivore more than tofu in disguise. This is not, however, a scrambled-egg substitute.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 04 10:04:40 EST 2013

Grilled mushrooms with garlic, tahini and haloumi

Grilled mushrooms with garlic, tahini and haloumi.

These mushrooms are great just as they are for a light breakfast or with fried eggs for something more sustaining.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 04 10:01:06 EST 2013

Braised lamb stew with barley and vegetables

Karen Martini's braised lamb stew with barley and vegetables.

This braise is basically an old style lamb stew with a little hint of spice and a handful of barley for texture. It is my go-to dish when I don't have much time and need to throw something together.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 04 07:39:19 EST 2013

Making a meal of the morning

Scrambled curried tofu with spinach and peas.

Three very different breakfast recipes to get your day off to a good start, especially in the colder months.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 04 03:00:00 EST 2013

Making a meal of the morning

Grilled mushrooms with haloumi and tahini.

Three very different breakfast recipes to get your day off to a good start, especially in the colder months.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jun 04 03:00:00 EST 2013

French onion soup

Karen Martini's French onion soup.

This is a rarely cooked but classic dish that takes me back to my French training. This version owes more to Heston Blumenthal than tradition, though, with my own spin.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 28 11:37:54 EST 2013

Deluxe shepherd's pie

Deluxe shepherd's pie.

Sometimes dinner needs time to really deliver on flavour.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 28 11:31:42 EST 2013

It's only a matter of time

Deluxe shepherd's pie.

Here are two classic dishes that give rich results from time well spent.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 28 03:00:00 EST 2013

Moroccan spiced chicken

Moroccan spiced chicken.

This is in the Moroccan mechoui style, which refers to cooking over a fire, and is usually used for spit-roasted lamb.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu May 23 13:53:27 EST 2013

Barley, roasted cauliflower, almond and feta salad

Barley, parsley and cauliflower salad.

Roasting the cauliflower adds texture and a distinct nutty accent, which perfectly complements the barley, almonds and spice.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu May 23 13:52:05 EST 2013

Basbousa with pistachio and almond

Basbousa with pistachio and almond.

Basbousa is a classic semolina cake, cooked throughout the Middle East and around the Mediterranean.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu May 23 13:50:30 EST 2013

A feast of flavours out of Africa

Moroccan spiced chicken.

Karen Martini finds inspiration in the flavours of North Africa and the Middle East with recipes for chicken, a roasted caluiflower salad and a pistachio basbousa.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 21 03:00:00 EST 2013

Harissa

Karen Martini's harissa.

Harissa, basically a chilli paste with ground spices, is an essential condiment in my father's birthplace of Tunisia and across north Africa.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 14 10:07:23 EST 2013

Brik pastry with tuna, egg, spring onion, mint capers

Brik pastry with tuna, egg, spring onion and mint capers.

When I was a child this was a special snack that my Meme used to make on a Sunday morning, basically a fancy Tunisian jaffle.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 14 10:05:44 EST 2013

Hummus

Hummus.

Be a bit picky with your chickpeas for this. New-season dried chickpeas will require less soaking and cooking, and will have much better flavour; that packet at the back of the cupboard might never...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 14 10:05:08 EST 2013

Mild at heart

Brik pastry with tuna, egg, spring onion and mint capers.

Tunisia-inspired recipes including harissa, hummus and tuna and egg-filled brik pastry.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 14 03:00:00 EST 2013

Mild at heart

Hummus.

Tunisia-inspired recipes including harissa, hummus and tuna and egg-filled brik pastry.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue May 14 03:00:00 EST 2013