Good Food - Karen Martini

Karen Martini

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

Karen Martini's peanut recipes

Peanut butter cookies with oats and dark chocolate.

Peanuts can transition from savoury to sweet dishes without any fuss.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Onion, gruyere, speck and sour cream tart with smoked mussels

Onion, gruyere and sour cream tart with smoked mussels and dill.

This is my take on the German classic, zwiebelkuchen, which basically translates as onion cake. My version is a bit richer with the addition of gruyere and also has a twist with the smoked mussels -...

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 19 13:17:16 EST 2014

Fried morcilla sausage with figs, pickled eschalots and creme fraiche

Fried morcilla sausage with creme fraiche, pearl barley, pickled shallots and fresh fig.

This is quite a sophisticated and intense dish, with the rich, spicy blood sausage complemented so well by the luscious fig and tangy creme fraiche - perfect as a small appetiser or a tapa.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 19 13:17:53 EST 2014

Chicken kofta on baby corn with whipped avocado

Chicken kofta on baby corn with whipped avocado.

These spicy little chicken koftas are great for early autumn entertaining, even the skewer is edible.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 19 12:28:33 EST 2014

Grilled calamari, chorizo, palm heart and chickpea salad

Grilled calamari, chorizo, palm heart and chickpea salad.

This is a great early-autumn dish; a deliciously intense little starter, perfect for a sophisticated barbecue.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 19 12:28:30 EST 2014

Braised lamb chump chops with potato, jalapenos and oregano

Braised lamb chump chops with jalapenos, potato and paprika.

This is a pretty simple and relatively quick braise with a hint of spice, a bit of heat and a subtle tang from the vinegar.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 19 12:28:36 EST 2014

Karen Martini's autumn recipes: Braised lamb, chicken kofta, and calamari, chorizo and chickpea salad

Grilled calamari, chorizo, palm heart and chickpea salad.

You get the best of both worlds in autumn: some days it feels like the height of summer and it's all about the barbecue and entertaining outside, but cool nights call for the French oven for a...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cos and nashi salad with gochujang dressing, cashews and sesame

Cos and nashi salad with gochujang chilli dressing.

This salad was inspired by kimchi. Of course, this is not fermented (so you don't need to bury it in the garden for a couple of months), but the gochujang adds some similar flavours, and the fresh...

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Mar 10 13:46:54 EST 2014

Gochujang chilli dressing

Gochujang chilli dressing.

This spicy, savoury Korean dressing can be used as a dipping sauce for all manner of things, or as a punchy dressing for fried or grilled meat, poultry and seafood.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Mar 10 13:46:52 EST 2014

Roasted pumpkin with gochujang dressing, cashews and sesame

Roasted pumpkin and cashew with gochujang, sesame and rice wine vinegar.

Pumpkin is such a rich and robust vegetable that it can take on lots of intense flavours and still shine.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Mar 10 13:46:50 EST 2014

Celeriac, apple and kale slaw with sour cream, anchovy and roast garlic dressing

Celeriac, apple and kale slaw with sour cream.

This healthy little salad is quite tasty on its own, but really delicious with pork. Try a crumbed organic cotoletta or some slow-cooked pulled shoulder.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 05 09:27:26 EST 2014

Celery, lemon and parsley condiment salad

Celery, lemon and parsley condiment salad.

This ''condiment salad'' (part salad, part dressing) is fresh and bright, with a real punch of lemon and warmer tones from the nutty garlic and fennel seeds.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 05 09:27:28 EST 2014

Carrot and red quinoa salad with oregano, smoked almonds, currants and roasted garlic dressing

Carrot and red quinoa salad with oregano, smoked almonds, currants and roasted garlic dressing.

The roasted garlic dressing is as luscious as mayonnaise and gives this salad a buttery, nutty flavour. Serve it as a meat-free starter or alongside grilled lamb or chicken.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Mar 05 09:27:32 EST 2014

Salads with soul

Carrot and red quinoa salad with oregano, smoked almonds, currants and roasted garlic dressing.

A great salad can be as simple as a bowl of just-picked leaves with the lightest coating of dressing.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Mar 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Quick curried rice with egg, spring onions and peas

Quick curried rice with egg, spring onions & peas.

Mostly from the pantry, with a couple of fresh additions, this is a tasty dinner when you're in a hurry. It also makes a great side for spicy fried chicken.

Cook | Karen Martini | Wed Feb 26 14:30:43 EST 2014

Wholemeal and rye no-knead sourdough loaf

No-knead sourdough bread.

The principle of a sourdough starter is pretty simple: a mixture of flour and water is left to allow ambient yeast and acidic bacteria to generate a stable ferment that kills off any nasty microbes...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 25 13:58:43 EST 2014

Smashed sardines with cumin, parsley, lemon and garlic

Ultimate sardines on sourdough toast.

It's no secret that fresh is best when we're talking fish, but never is it so true as with sardines. Buy the freshest you can, fillet them yourself and eat them on the day.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 25 13:58:40 EST 2014

Carrot and potato salad with caraway, lemon and nigella seeds

Carrot and potato salad with caraway, lemon and nigella seeds.

My meme (grandmother) used to serve this salad with grilled sardines, but it's also delicious with lots of other things.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 25 13:58:38 EST 2014

A little fishy? Oh yes

Sardines on Toast.

This is a little more work than your average version of sardines on toast, but these three recipes are really versatile.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Karen Martini's creme fraiche recipes

Fried morcilla sausage.

Though creme fraiche and the less glamorously titled sour cream have different fat contents and are made a little differently, they both bring much to savoury cooking, with a lightly tart profile...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 18 03:00:00 EST 2014