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Karen Martini

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

Tuna crudo with roasted eggplant, harissa, egg and cumin mayonnaise

Tuna crudo with roasted eggplant, egg, harissa and cumin mayonaise.

This dish has a distinct spicy accent but at the same time is quite delicate and refined. The eggplant steams in its own skin, resulting in silky flesh, which works well with the jewel-like raw tuna.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 10:11:43 EST 2014

Pan-roasted snapper with garlic and bay leaves

Pan-roasted snapper with garlic and bay leaves.

This is a perfect dinner for two, beautifully cooked fish on the bone, scented with garlic and fresh bay leaves, simply dressed salad leaves, fresh bread to mop up the juices and a chilled glass (or...

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 10:02:09 EST 2014

Pan-fried salmon with fried zucchini, zucchini flowers, chilli and mint

Pan-fried salmon with fried zucchini, zucchini flowers, chilli and mint.

Salmon can be such an intense fish and although it goes well with rich flavours, I enjoy it with a fresh contrast.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 09:43:58 EST 2014

Seafood recipes with a difference

Pan-roasted snapper with garlic and bay leaves.

Karen Martini's fresh take on salmon, snapper and tuna.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cucumber and Pimm's sorbet

Cucumber and Pimm's Sorbet.

There are few drinks that are as distinctly seasonal as Pimm's. A glass of Pimm's brimming with mint, cucumber, citrus and strawberries couldn't say summer louder if it tried.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Jan 06 15:30:35 EST 2014

Lemon semifreddo

Lemon semifreddo.

Semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert and though it's a lot like ice-cream, you don't need a churn to make it.

Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Jan 06 15:26:02 EST 2014

Christmas chocolate bars

Christmas chocolate bars.

This is a method for tempering chocolate that gives the finished bars a bright gloss and nice snap. The temperatures are important, so you'll want a digital probe thermometer.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Mon Dec 23 13:34:41 EST 2013

Gingerbread Christmas cookies

Christmas gingerbread cookies.

You can have a lot of fun cutting these spicy cookies into different shapes, from circles to more elaborate festive forms - Christmas trees, stars and even snowflakes.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Fri Dec 20 10:44:22 EST 2013

Vietnamese mint and chilli slaw with pickled beets

Vietnamese mint and chilli slaw.

This refreshing salad is great served with Sriracha mayonnaise and roasted pork belly for a hip take on a special family feast.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 17 15:34:26 EST 2013

Roasted pork belly with Sriracha mayonnaise

Roasted pork belly.

Hipster Christmas: Cooking the pork in an aromatic liquid and resting it overnight ensures succulent and perfumed meat with perfect crackling. Begin preparing this dish the day before eating.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 17 15:34:17 EST 2013

Plum pudding ice-cream with caramel sauce and hazelnut praline

Plum pudding ice-cream with caramel sauce and hazelnut praline.

As good as it is, a steaming plum pudding isn't always the best fit on a warm Christmas day. With this ice-cream you can enjoy the traditional flavours in a cooler way.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 17 15:30:32 EST 2013

Pickled prawn and smoked cod cocktail

Pickled prawn and smoked cod cocktail.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without prawns. This elegant dish (start it the day before) makes a perfect table entree or could be served buffet-style.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 17 15:30:33 EST 2013

A hipster Christmas menu

Star Anise Roasted Pork Belly

Pork belly, prawn cocktail, Sriracha sauce ... Karen Martini's trio of hip Christmas recipes.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Karen Martini's deluxe Christmas recipes

Boeuf en croute with horseradish cream and pickled mushrooms.

Sometimes Christmas needs to be a simple affair, but at other times it's nice to go to some trouble and show off a little.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 10 03:00:00 EST 2013

From the heart: Christmas gift recipes

Karen Martini's Christmas gingerbread cookies.

Making little edible gifts at Christmas adds a personal touch, these small tokens will make anyone smile.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 03 03:00:00 EST 2013

Icy cold treats for summer

Cucumber and Pimm's Sorbet.

Karen Martini's recipes for sorbet and semifreddo.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 26 03:00:00 EST 2013

Poached blue-eye trevalla with kipfler potatoes

Poached trevalla with kipfler potatoes.

This can be served immediately with some gentle warmth still in the fish, but is equally delicious at room temperature, and perfect for a picnic or to take to a barbecue - pack the components...

Christmas Feasts | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 19 12:24:41 EST 2013

Scallops with leek, tarragon and roe sauce

Scallops with leek, tarragon and roe sauce.

This dish is quite simple to make but has an elegant restaurant feel to it, perfect for a dinner party.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 19 12:18:29 EST 2013

Taramasalata

Taramasalata.

Most of us are pretty used to taramasalata being a luminous shade of pink, but unfortunately this is usually due to dye.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 19 12:12:09 EST 2013

Taramasalata and other caviar recipes

Taramasalata.

Roe, in the form of sturgeon caviar, is probably the most decadent of the world's luxury foods, but even in its more humble forms it can be just (well almost) as exciting.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Nov 19 03:00:00 EST 2013