I was about to try my first ever taste of truffle when I was simply told, “It’s the most delicious thing you’ll ever eat!” But after hearing virtually the same thing when I tried durian (vile) and another time when I tried natto (painful), I assumed it would be yet another much hyped up ingredient that I wouldn’t love.
And maybe because I had such low expectations that in turn I ended up getting hooked?! The aroma and taste is quite unique with a rich earthiness – perfect for a girl who doesn’t have a sweet tooth but addicted to hot savoury goods instead. I started using truffle butter on toast, shaving truffle on risotto and adding truffle oil to scrambled eggs. It’s quite a versatile ingredient and makes even the most simple of dishes uniquely powerful with just a dash.
So is it worth all the hype? Well in a way, yes…since it’s not the easiest thing to grow and harvesting involves specially trained animals (dogs and pigs usually) to track the truffle scent. But if you are curious to see (and taste) what the fuss is about you should make your way down to the Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 festival in Manjimup from June 28 – 29.
Tickets are selling out fast but the event includes truffle hunts and master classes with Matt Skinner and Kate Lamont.
I had a sampling on Tuesday night at the Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 launch party at Bib and Tucker. Head chef Scott Bridger served an assortment of truffle goodness with mini steak tartares, cheese pizza, seafood burgers and artichoke soup. So good!
Find out more about the festival on the Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 website. And if you would like to win two General Adult weekend passes (sadly I won’t be able to make it) for the festival ($30 value each), simply go on my Facebook page to enter.