Good Food - Karen Martini

Karen Martini

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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