Recent photoshoot for Tupperware with Caitlin Mills

Breakfast Salad Chicken Vegetable skewers Chocolate hazelnut cupcakes Kimchi fried rice Simple pesto pasta Teriyaki salmon bowl White wine and lemon fish Banana bread oats and Apple cinnamon oats

Lamingtons

To celebrate National Lamington Day I have posted a pic of Karen Martini’s Coconut Double Happiness Lamingtons. I have also included my recipe for lamingtons below. My Lamingtons My Aunty …

Karen Martini’s mussels

Mussels fried with fennel seeds, served with grilled bread. Karen Martini WINTER SEASONAL CELEBRATION recipes for Sunday Life. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik, Karen's own pan.

Classic Australia

This time of year is a great time for classic Australian bakes and barbies. My lamingtons first appeared in epicure’s Chocolate cook book.I've added some other Australia Day classics as well: ...

Apricots

Susanne recently picked some organic apricots for me. They were small and uneven in colour, flecked with brown spots, hardly looking like the perfect specimens in the fruit shop. I ...

Thanksgiving cooking with flowers

Flowers lend a delicacy to cooking. Many flowers are appearing on restaurant menus, as more than a pretty garnish. You can buy punnets of edible flowers from select greengrocers and ...

Day of the Dead cookies

I recently had fun making these cookies for a Mexican party. Here’s how: Make a plain cookie dough (see recipe below). Cut out skull shapes (I bought these cookie cutter ...

Quinces

A beautiful bowl of quinces fills a room with its heady fragrance. To my mind, this is reason enough to buy them. Quinces keep well and don’t need to be ...

How to cook the perfect steak

Crisp and caramelised on the outside, juicy and tender within, the perfect steak can be yours, any night of the week. Follow these easy steps to find out how. 1. ...

How do you like them apples?

There’s a lot to love about apples. Whether you prefer crisp and crunchy, tart or sweet, for eating or cooking, there’s an apple to suit every taste. Even though I ...

Laneway Food Studio

Laneway Food Studio is a specialized food photography studio suitable for film and stills advertising, editorial, social media, cook book projects and private events. The studio is located at 1 …

Care packages

Care packages We are constantly being warned about the dangers of comfort foods; food that we turn to when we’re feeling down, food that fills more than just our hunger ...

Cooking with herbs

Fresh herbs are a simple addition to any meal, providing loads of fresh flavour. With such a variety, available throughout the year, there’s no excuse for not adding some fresh ...

Yoghurt

Food fermentation is always a hot topic with chefs, for the complexity of flavour that it brings to a dish. Many different types of food can be fermented, but one ...

Mum’s caramel bananas

My childhood treat of caramel bananas is given a makeover, with the addition of a super easy ice cream and the bitter crunch of praline. Can you ever have too ...

School lunches

School’s back and it’s time to fill lunchboxes with healthy food. Here are my tips to make the job a little easier. Firstly, get your kids involved as much as ...

Panzanella Salad

A lovely seasonal salad Today I made an Italian panzanella salad, using up the stale Irrewarra ciabatta rolls (I can’t bear to throw them away), some really ripe tomatoes and ...

Seared beef salad

Asian seared beef salad, shiso, mint, coriander leaf, lightly pickled vegetables, photographed by Jon Bader during a food photography class we did together at Sun Studios Melbourne

Layered chocolate cake

Layered chocolate cake, naked icing, candied beetroot, heirloom carrots, parsnips, edible garden flowers, photographed by Jon Bader during a food photography class we gave at Sun Studios Melbourne

Biscuits

When the baking mood hits you, a batch of biscuits is not only quick and easy to whip up, but extremely satisfying. These old fashioned recipes can be made by ...

Know your onions

Simple yet sophisticated, onions are the everyday ingredient we can’t do without. There are two broad types of onions –mature and immature. Mature onions include brown, white, red, Spanish onions ...

Sandwiches hot to go – fast, hot and delicious

Cast your eyes over café menus right now and you’re sure to find some delicious hot sandwich options, in many disguises. On display in glass-fronted cabinets, fancy breads such as ...

Essential souffles

Souffles for Essential Ingredient, Melbourne

Caramel

According to Larousse, caramel is simply melted sugar that has been browned by heating. Technically, it is that simple. However, to explain the wondrous complexities of caramel, food scientist Harold ...

Insider’s guide to food styling

My next food styling class : Insider's guide to food styling will run August 29, Essential Ingredient, Prahran. Book early, via Essential Ingredient. Classes fill quickly

Singapore noodles

Singapore Noodles. Better Homes and Gardens July 2015 issue. Karen Martini food Styling: Caroline Velik. Photography Marina Oliphant

Pumpkin soup with thai flavours

Better Homes and Gardens July 2015 issue. Karen Martini food Styling: Caroline Velik. Photography Marina Oliphant

Carrot Cake

Delicious carrot cake based on a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi. Styling and photography: Caroline Velik

Camping. Real Living

Lumberjack cake You could make this in a round tin if you like, but a rectangle will be easier to transport. Serves 6 Prep time 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 ...

Biscuits

When the baking mood hits you, a batch of biscuits is not only quick and easy to whip up, but extremely satisfying. These old fashioned recipes can be made by ...

Macarons

Foundation macaron recipe Preparation time: 30 mins plus 2 days drying and sieving Cooking time: 25 mins Makes: 80 macarons 200g almond meal 200g pure icing sugar, sieved 150g (from ...

Autumn mushrooms

AUTUMN is my favourite season, bringing with it crisp, sunny days and cooler nights. I look forward to its bountiful harvest and start planning my favourite dishes to cook. Nothing ...

Ancient grains

They’ve been around forever, yet ancient grains are enjoying a renaissance of sorts, popping up on the shelves of smart food stores and restaurant menus alike. Not just for health ...

A little luxe

Strawberry and champagne jelly from Cook with Us – George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan. Photo Mark Chew. Bring a little luxe to the plate with some gold leaf.

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