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Karen Martini had to persuade her sister to share this with you all ... This version of banana bread is super moist with a finely textured crumb.

Karen Martini had to persuade her sister to share this with you all . This version of banana bread is super moist with a finely textured crumb.

There's a secret ingredient in these Lebanese pies to make the insides sing! Karen's silverbeet and haloumi pies with sausage (or ricotta).

These are delicious still warm from the oven with tzatziki or some natural yoghurt spiked with Sriracha, or your favourite chilli sauce. They're also great cold, .

Karen Martini's deep, dark and delicious chocolate-orange tart.

This is a darkly rich and deeply chocolatey tart, sweet, smooth and pretty indulgent – decadent, some may say. And although this is pretty intense, the .

Plum kind of wonderful! This plum , almond and semoline cake recipe has a large, moist crumb and a high fruit-to-cake ratio. I like it warm from the oven with a dollop of quality cream.

Semolina, almond & blood plum cake - This cake has a large, moist crumb and a high fruit-to-cake ratio - serve with a dollop of quality cream.

Baked chicken polpette (meatballs). This is an easy and delicious midweek meal. To make it stretch simply cook some quinoa or small pasta and eat for lunch the next day.

Chicken polpette: Any leftover meatballs will make a satisfying sandwich filling.

Char-grilled fennel and carrot salad with champagne vinegar, tarragon and fried haloumi.

Chargrilled fennel and carrot salad with champagne vinegar, tarragon and fried haloumi - This salad works beautifully with grilled meat or chicken and makes a perfect partner for a baked whole fish.

A fried haloumi salad by Karen Martini to try for summer.

Karen Martini Fried haloumi with white cabbage, date and green chilli salad

Cold soba noodles with bean sprouts, soy and ginger by Karen Martini. Styling by Caroline Velik.

This dish makes a great work lunch . cold soba noodles with beansprouts, soy and ginger. You can dress it up with some torn nori, sesame seeds, pea shoots, diced avocado or shredded chicken.

A refreshing recipe for summer: seared tuna with herbs, basil seeds and egg by Karen Martini.

A refreshing recipe for summer: seared tuna with herbs, basil seeds and egg by Karen Martini.

Panforte bliss: buy the best chocolate and fruit you can.

Panforte bianco with pistachios, almonds and cherries recipe. This version of panforte makes a perfect gift and a little goes a long way. Serve thin slices of it with coffee late on Christmas Day

This would make a great side for grilled lamb chops or spiced barbecued chicken, but it's quite delicious on its own.

Rainbow chard and quinoa salad Karen Martini This would make a great side for grilled lamb chops or spiced barbecued chicken, but it's quite delicious on its own.

Karen Martini's version of a classic Thai fried beef dish traditionally features sun-dried, then deep-fried, beef with a chilli sauce. The result is reminiscent of beef jerky, with a chewy, dry texture and deeply savoury flavour.

Karen Martini's version of a classic Thai fried beef dish traditionally features sun-dried, then deep-fried, beef with a chilli sauce. The result is reminiscent of beef jerky, with a chewy, dry texture and deeply savoury flavour.

Kale, olives and artichoke take a tasty dip in tapenade. It's great on toast or crostini, alongside lamb chops or roast chicken, on eggs, or stirred through pasta with ricotta and crushed toasted almonds.

Kale, olives and artichoke take a tasty dip in tapenade. It's great on toast or crostini, alongside lamb chops or roast chicken, on eggs, or stirred through pasta with ricotta and crushed toasted almonds.