Posted on 2008/09/14 14:11:41 (September 2008).
[Wednesday 10th September]
Having bought a whole 250 grams of truffles meant that we weren't going to be eating anything else this week. So tonight for dinner I knocked up some truffle pasta. The 250 grams translated to six truffles of varying size, all slightly bigger or slightly smaller than golf balls. Tonight I carefully nosed each of the five remaining specimens (having used one in a risotto the day before) and chose the best, on the basis that they lose their pungency in just a few days, so it was probably best to eat the prime specimens ASAP.
The result was particularly successful this evening - I used a slightly unusual and interesting pasta shape (fusilli lunghi bucati), managed to cook it to a perfect al dente, and then just added some olive oil, a little grated Twineham Grange cheese, and then the shaved truffle, and tossed it all together to give the truffle a chance to warm through but not cook (as that seems to quickly kill off the flavour).
CHEESE ON TRUFFLES!?!?!!? Oh well, maybe it was good, but generally we tend to avoid it here in Italy because it kills the flavour... :P You should try a TRUFFLE CARBONARA (without bacon, just the egg and some pepper)...
Posted by Lox at 2008/09/14 18:21:19.
Well these were English truffles (and for that matter an English cheese) so I didn't have to listen to you opinionated Italians for once! :P
Posted by John at 2008/09/14 23:02:45.
In the evening me anc Chiara had some Spinach Gnocchi with Parmesan Zabaione and Truffles! :D:D:D:D
Posted by Lox at 2008/09/15 07:57:34.
My ! Truffles here (in France) cost a fortune ! How much did you pay for them ? Are you a rich man, John ?
Posted by Sheri at 2008/09/23 12:36:04.
Sheri: I paid 45 pounds for 250 grams (quite a lot) of truffles. Compared to other truffles I've bought in the past that was relatively cheap. I suppose that is something like the equivalent of 225 Euros / Kilo at current exchange rates.
Posted by John at 2008/09/23 21:20:59.