White Truffle: the Festive menu

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It’s the end of the year and, sadly, nearly the end of the season for White Winter Truffles. We are still able to offer you these delicacies for another few weeks, so why not making the most of it introducing a special dish to your festive menus?

We love our guests’ wide open eyes when we bring the precious gem to the table and slice it right in front of them. It’s a celebration of senses, of the here and now – it’s bringing conviviality to another level, a way to make your guests feeling special.

White Truffle: the Festive menu

We picked our favourite recipes from the best restaurants around and put together THE white truffle menu – we thought this could give you good inspiration on how to amuse your invitees. Of course with so much choice around the possibilities were endless, but somebody had to do the hard job of browsing each and every great restaurant’s menu!

Here’re our choices – get inspired.

The Festive Menu

Starter by the Orrery, London

Poached Lobster, Champagne velouté, white truffle

Main Course by Culina Restaurant, Beverly Hills

Agnolotti with braised rabbit, white truffle and leeks

Dessert by Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Araguani chocolate moelleux. White truffle, caramelized pears, Tonka bean ice cream

agnolottiPoached Lobster, Champagne velouté, white truffle

A very special Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year from us all!

How to use: Truffle Honey

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Fresh Truffles have a strict hunting calendar, which – following the biological life cycle of the fungi – states with precision when each variety can be foraged. This also means that, every year, a few impatient hunters are fined thousands of euros for being caught red-handed in the woods ahead of time.

Out-of-season truffles are often of poor quality, not having had the time to develop their aroma, and negatively affect future crops as the spores don’t have time to mature and spread to generate the next truffle generation.

 

So, what to do when it’s not truffle time? Fortunately, there are many methods to preserve truffles: in oil, butter or added to cheese, dried, frozen or in paste. One of the most delicious ways is Truffle Honey: our own sweet-and-earthy blend of honey and summer truffles. How to use it, though? Here’s some inspiration.

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Cheese

The easiest way to enjoy truffle honey is by making it part of a majestic cheeseboard. Aged and salty cheeses like Pecorino and Parmigiano and blue cheeses like Stilton and Gorgonzola are beautifully paired with truffle honey. Make your cheeseboard extra-fancy with dried figs, apples and apricots, add toasted pecans and artisan crusty bread, and dive in guilty pleasure.

 

 

Oozing goodness 

Elevate your baked Camembert by drizzling it with truffle honey just after taking it out of the oven, then serve with almonds, slices of pear and as much bread as you can handle.

Tip: does your Camembert curdle in the oven? Use a type from non-pasteurised milk – it melts perfectly.

 

 

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Mix together truffle honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to create a tangy sauce for potatoes, pork or chicken.

 

 

French twist

Use it in a truffle honey beurre blanc sauce and pour it over halibut fillets (here is a version with chanterelles from Food52, just swap regular honey for truffle honey).

 

 

Glazing poultry

Simply brush truffle honey over the skin of thyme and garlic chicken, or on the top of duck breast with apples and juniper. Stick in the oven and repeat the procedure as necessary.

 

 

Easy cheesy canapés 

Try drizzling truffle honey on crostini with blue cheese and grapes, goat cheese and beetroot (add a pinch of colour with some micro cress), or ricotta with lemon zest topped with pea shoots.

 

 

 

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Love Truffle Honey? Simply curious about it? Get it now, or treat somebody with a Truffle Marinade gift box.

 

 

Summer Truffles Hunting & How to make a good Black Truffle Risotto

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Warmer days, green leaves, first walks in the woods. Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum) season opens tomorrow – our dogs are ready for the hunt, swinging tails and quivering noses.

While we wait for them to spot the first truffles, here is a recipe to keep you salivating!

 


(note: this recipes calls for Black Truffles – you can use either Black Summer Truffle or Black Winter Truffles, depending on the season)

Risotto with black truffle and parmesan

 

I know, this sounds pretty basic – but let’s be honest – there’s nothing better than a simple and classic dish made with the best ingredients you can find. It’s not about the complexity of the recipe, but the harmonic meeting of a few great quality ingredients that combine together to put a little taste of heaven in every mouthful.

Also, it’s important to know the basics – making a risotto it is not that simple as we’ve been told. Nothing scary, just a few tips to follow so you end up with the perfect al dente rice, creamy without drowning it in cream.

First of all, get a small blonde onion, or – even better – a shallot. Slice it as thinly as you can and slowly fry it with a dollop of good quality butter until translucent. Add the rice (Carnaroli or Vialone Nano are our recommendations for risotto, make sure you’ll get the best rice you can find – it really makes the difference) and – THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PART – toast it. Yes, add the rice to the onion and butter and stir with a wooden spoon over medium-heath for 2-3 minutes, until all grains are shiny. Toasting the rice you are basically caramelising it with butter, closing the pores and allowing the grains to maintain their shape and texture.

After this crucial part, start adding a spoonful of vegetable stock at time, adding the next one only once the liquid has been almost completely absorbed. Keep stirring. 3 minutes before the cooking time, add the grated Fresh Black Truffle.

Once the risotto is done, close the fire, add a good dollop of butter, a generous sprinkle of Parmesan, stir briefly and cover. This helps the risotto assuming the creamy texture we all love. After a couple of minutes stir for the last time and serve – if you like – with some shavings of Parmesan and Black Truffle!

 

Ingredients – 2 people

170g rice
1l vegetable stock
30g Black Truffle
30g of shallot or blonde onion (no need to be very precise)
Butter
Parmesan

Win an Italian Truffle Christmas Hamper

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Promo gift box aWe’re offering a little foodie heaven this Christmas for free with the chance to win a bespoke Italian Truffle Hamper through our prize draw.  Worth over £30, it’s your chance over the festive holiday period to revel and share with friends the taste of Italian truffles.  For the hamper we’ve specially selected:

Have a look at our Top Truffle Christmas Recipe Ideas for some of he most creative ways how to use them.

How to Enter

To enter simply follow @WTATruffles either our Twitter account or Facebook page and retweet or share this post

  1. The prize draw is open to any UK or Irish resident, aged 16 or over, who follows the @wtatruffles Twitter account or Facebook page and retweets the tweet or shares the information about the prize draw referencing the prize of WTATruffles
  2. The prize draw starts at 12.00 UK time on Tuesday 16th December 2014 and ends at 11.59pm on the 20th December 2014..
  3. One winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries.
  4. One entry per person.
  5. The prize is the listed bespoke Italian Truffle Hamper.
  6. The prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable, and there is no cash alternative.
  7. The draw will be made by random selection on the 20 December and the prize posted to the winner’s home address within 4 days.
  8. The selected winner will be notified by direct message on Twitter or Facebook if they have won.
  9. If a response is not received by the winner within 30 days they will forfeit their right to the prize.
  10. WTATruffles reserves the right at any time and from time to time without any liability whatsoever, to modify (including dates of the prize draw) or discontinue this prize draw, with or without prior notice to Users.
  11. No purchase necessary.
  12. Please note that any personal data provided by an Entrant will remain confidential to WTATruffles and will not be disclosed to any third party without the Entrant’s prior consent, except that WTATruffles reserves the right to publish the name and of the winner on their websites/blog. All personal data provided by an Entrant will be used by WTATruffles solely for the purposes of administering the competition and notifying the winner. The prize draw will be governed by English law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  13. WTATruffles reserves the right to remove offensive, obscene and immoral entries.
  14. The following are not eligible to participate: (i) employees and immediate family members of employees of WTATruffles, its subsidiaries, agents and advisors and (ii) any other persons assisting with this competition.
  15. The Promoter’s decision is final and binding and the winning entry must comply with these terms and conditions. No correspondence will be entered into.
  16. This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter or Facebook and shall not be liable in any way whatsoever to the Users. Further, any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Promotion are to be directed to the Promoter, not Twitter or Facebook
  17. Promoters: WTATruffles, a subsidiary company of L’Aquila Limited, Registered Company Number 04910368, registered trading address at 860, Coronation Road, London, NW10 7PS

Gifting Truffles – The Unique & Affordable Christmas Present

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Gifting fresh aromatic Italian truffles and artisan truffle products this Christmas holiday could solve that eternal “what do I buy them?” quandary, a gift which is simultaneously unusual, delicious and won’t break the bank.

WTAtruffles have been providing fresh Italian truffles to the best London’s department stores and high-end delis since 1987. For Christmas 2014 they will be selling their luxury Christmas truffle gift sets online, pre-made and which you can tailor to your own tastes via their new website wtatruffles.coopa.net.

 

Heady Truffles as Luxury Corporate Gifts

A gift box of fresh Italian White or Black Truffles makes the perfect luxury corporate gift. Refreshingly different, this gift celebrates the ‘here & now’, rather than that usual bottle of wine destined to gather dust in the cellar, and their indulgent sensuality require no kitchen skills to create a dish that is divine.

For a respected work colleague how about the heady combination gift box of Truffle Cheese and Truffle Honey for them to enjoy with family and friends during impromptu drinks over the Christmas break? A choice of an artisan Pecorino, Caciotta or classic matured Italian cheese that is studded with seasonal truffles and truffle infused honey to drizzle on cured meats starts at just £16.

Truffle Prize Delicacies Foodie Gift Box

For the serious ‘foodie’ desperate to recreate flavours from their favourite regional Italian restaurant or holiday in Italy we suggest our Foodie Gift Box: delicate truffle oil, perfumed truffle pastes and truffle infused honey to keep them entertained for the remainder of winter and available for £40.

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Gifting the Taste of Italy for Italophiles

Gift box 5R cFor those with Italian friends who you’re eager to give a taste of winter ‘back home’, or the voracious Italophile on a quest to reclaim Italy as their own, we suggest creating your own gift box for them. Winning gastro combinations include Black Summer Truffle Carpaccio for a bruschetta treat, or mixed with tagliatelle for a delectable pasta dish and with one of our truffle cheeses, keeping it simple like any good Italian concerning food.

Truffle Gift Boxes

All of our newly launched truffle gifts are packaged in seasonally festive boxes and all fresh products are sent securely direct from Italy on the same day as our hunters deliver them to us.  After listening to our clients we have reduced the minimum order of our fresh truffles to just 50g, ensuring that these prized delicacies get eaten all up!

It’s now simple to treat your friends, family and colleagues to an out of the ordinary Christmas with a truffle gift, safe in the knowledge that you are buying from stockists to the UK’s high-end supermarkets and best delis.

Truffle Lovers & Truffle Record Breakers

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Our truffle blog is newly live as the truffle world celebrates the sale of the largest found Winter White Truffle in New York.  It had been discovered close to our Italian base in Umbria and weighed in at a colossal 1.89 kg, just slightly smaller than an American football and costing £39,313/US$61,250 at auction at Sothebys.

Italian truffles are prized delicacies which had long been wrongly assumed in the UK to be out of most people’s culinary reach due to logistics and price, but with an increase in Italian holidays, loving patronage by celebrity chefs, truffle mania has meant that Italian truffles can now be enjoyed worldwide.  The buyer and only bidder for that record breaking Winter White Truffle was Taiwanese!

Catch the latest weekly prices for our Italian fresh truffles throughout the year, our hunters deliver us 5 different seasonal types.  As we believe everyone deserves a little treat, our minimum order is just 50g, which could cost as little for £28.50 for a Winter White Truffle or £19.50 for Winter Black Truffles. Each week we will be publishing recipes or a link to a recipe that we think sounds divine enough to share.

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