Good Food - Karen Martini

Karen Martini

Food editor

Follow Karen Martini on:

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

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

Brioche

Brioche.

Brioche is a bit of a labour of love to make but worth it. It's perfect for Christmas as you can use it in sweet and savoury ways.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 12:30:35 EST 2014

Boeuf en croute

Boeuf en croute with horseradish cream and pickled mushrooms.

The buttery brioche and the earthy porcini duxelles make this a super deluxe version of an already pretty deluxe dish, beef Wellington.

Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Jan 14 12:22:20 EST 2014

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.

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.

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.

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

Gold almond praline.

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