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Karen Martini

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

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

Rosewater and raspberry ice with sparkling wine

Rosewater and raspberry popscicle with rose champagne.  Karen Martini CHRISTMAS recipes for Epicure and Good Food.

This is the perfect fuss-free Christmas dessert. It's a sophisticated spider, refreshing and playful with an exotic touch of rosewater. It's also great as an aperitif on a hot December day.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 14:13:36 EST 2012

Karen Martini's Christmas feast

Karen Martini

From seafood to ham to drinks, Karen Martini has all your Christmas bases covered.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 08:09:53 EST 2012

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.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 04 07:58:32 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

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

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.

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