What's all the Kerfuffle about Fresh Truffle!

What's all the Kerfuffle about Fresh Truffle!

Winter in W.A. is time for luxury. Black Perigord Truffle, grown in Manjimup is in season and harvested during June and July. Don't think you have to go out to enjoy locally grown truffle, it's simple to use at home.

There is mystery and intrigue about this so-called 'black gold'. For starters, it grows underground around the roots of oak and hazelnut trees, so no-one knows how much is there until the digging commences every winter.

The truffle fungus has a symbiotic relationship with oak and hazelnut trees, each being of use to the other. Truffle can only be grown in certain areas of Europe, and since 2004 the Southern Forests region of W.A..

Watch as Tracey makes scrambled egg (well actually, she creates a brand new egg dish!). You never know what's going to happen during a live video, no matter how much planning goes into the production!

 Truffle used well is a great addition to many dishes, but never put it with strong flavours - let it be the hero. Do not 'cook' with truffle, simply add to dishes as served.

When using, Keep it Simple Sweetheart is the best policy.

Truffle goes well with

  • Eggs
  • Potatoes, especially buttery mash
  • Steak
  • Mushrooms
  • Uncomplicated pasta dishes like Carbonara or a cream based sauce (not tomato based sauces)
  • Seafood
  • Mild soups such as cauliflower

Use a microplane grater, household grater (or if you have one, a truffle shaver) and grate directly over warm dishes.

Make truffle butter and freeze in portions (need 5 to 10gm grated truffle to 250gm butter). Use when liked from the freezer.

Truffle will keep best in the fridge for up to 5 days - place in lidded jar with a piece of absorbent paper. It will slowly become less aromatic and flavoursome.

There are so many easy ways to use truffle at home. You don't have to be a 5-Star chef to know how to get the best from this delicacy.

Order yourself some truffle while it's fresh, local and in-season. It won't break the bank and a little goes a long way. You'll receive my Truffle Information Sheet with recipes and storage tips with your truffle.

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