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 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

Vinaigrette potatoes with cornichons, caperberries and fried egg

Vinaigrette potatoes with cornichons, caperberries, dill, creme fraiche and fried egg.

This is a delicious breakfast or brunch dish. You could easily add cured or smoked fish or even diced, warm corned beef.

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

Bresaola with walnut paste, nectarine, radish cress and roquefort

Bresaola with walnut paste, nectarine, radish cress and roquefort.

This dish could just as easily be plated individually as a composed salad, with the cheese broken into chunks, and served as an entree or appetiser.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 11 14:18:44 EST 2014

Jamon with rockmelon, mint and sherry vinegar jelly

Jamon with rockmelon, mint  and sherry vinegar jelly.

This is a bit of a twist on a classic combination, with the tangy sherry vinegar and verjuice jelly providing a counterpoint to the sweet melon and rich, salty jamon. Prepare jelly in advance.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 11 14:17:40 EST 2014

Pavlova with roasted apricots, vanilla, blackberries and lemon curd

Pavlova.

There are so many ways to dress a pavlova, and though fresh fruit might be most common, these roasted, vanilla-scented apricots are delicious with the crunchy and marshmallowy meringue and tangy...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 11 14:16:01 EST 2014

Dressed to thrill: Summer fruit recipes

Karen Martini's summer fruit pavlova.

With all that flavour and natural sweetness, fruit can easily handle a bit of intervention and even a bit of competition.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Nuoc cham sauce

Vietnamese nuoc cham sauce.

Nuoc cham is a classic Vietnamese sauce flavoured with lime, lemongrass, chilli and palm sugar. Like its Thai counterpart, its success relies on the balance between sweet, salty, hot and sour.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 04 10:53:33 EST 2014

Poached chicken salad with young coconut, vermicelli and Vietnamese mint

Poached chicken salad with young coconut, vermicelli and Vietnamese mint.

This is such a light and refreshing salad, bursting with fresh herbs and cooling young coconut, it makes for a perfect lunch or light dinner on a hot day.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 04 10:53:29 EST 2014

Roast duck, pickled mushroom and perilla leaf rice-paper rolls

Roast duck, pickled mushroom, beanshoot and perilla leaf rice paper rolls.

Once you've got the technique down and a bit of a production line set up, these are really simple to turn out.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Feb 04 10:44:46 EST 2014

Karen Martini's Vietnamese recipes

Roast duck, pickled mushroom, beanshoot and perilla leaf rice paper rolls.

For most of my professional career my cooking has been focused on the Mediterranean, but at home I've always loved cooking with Asian flavours, especially those of China, Thailand and Vietnam.

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

Time for nourishing noodles

Cold Soba noodles with beansprouts, soy and ginger. Styling by Caroline Velik.

Holidays are a time when I love to relax with cooking, playing with new things and enjoy the creative and nourishing side of making delicious food.

Good Food | Karen Martini | Wed Jan 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cold soba noodles with beansprouts, soy and ginger

Cold Soba noodles with beansprouts, soy and ginger. Styling by Caroline Velik.

This noodle dish is so cool and cleansing. I love the simplicity but you can dress it up with some torn nori, sesame seeds, pea shoots, diced avocado or shredded chicken.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 11:33:12 EST 2014

Zucchini flower, wild rice, lentil and yoghurt salad

Zucchini flower, wild rice, lentil and yoghurt salad.

This fresh and filling salad is perfect for dinner with grilled koftas, baked fish or a simple roast chicken and is great the next day for a no-fuss lunch at home or work.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 11:32:27 EST 2014

Karen Martini's pesto

Karen Martini's pesto recipe.

Making pesto with a mortar and pestle is satisfying and the result is quite different to a food processor.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 11:31:26 EST 2014

Ease back into the grind

Cold Soba noodles with beansprouts, soy and ginger.

Karen Martini's working week-friendly recipes include simple soba noodles, a fresh and filling salad and hand-pounded pesto.

Cook,Back to school | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 28 03:00:00 EST 2014

Ocean trout with smoky eggplant and minted walnut salad

Ocean trout.

Simple, quick and delicious, the flavour of the ocean trout works so well with the luscious, smoky eggplant, and the mint and walnut salad adds a nutty freshness.

Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Jan 24 09:01:50 EST 2014

Chow mein

Chow mein.

This was one of my mother's staple dishes when I was growing up. In my reinvention, I've added a bit more spice and detail and some crunchy noodles for a textural contrast.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 23 16:02:11 EST 2014

Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken.

This is a retro dish that really deserves a comeback. The sauce also works well with fish or pork chops, so double the quantity and keep it on hand for another dinner.

Cook | Karen Martini | Thu Jan 23 15:55:43 EST 2014

Sweet, sour and smoky favourites

Sweet and sour chicken.

Retro sweet and sour chicken and a reinvented chicken chow mein from Karen Martini's cookbook Everyday.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 21 03:00:00 EST 2014

Toffee brioche with creme fraiche and cherry, vanilla balsamic compote

Toffee brioche with creme fraiche and cherry, vanilla, balsamic compote.

This makes for a delicious dessert, or if you're feeling indulgent, a decadent brunch.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 12:40:50 EST 2014