Thursday, May 26, 2011

Truffles and More

Whole Black Summer Truffles (Php1,500/ 1.4 oz) - puree, mince or slice them over 
pastas, omelettes and risottos, or spread a puree onto sandwiches.

When I was maybe ten, my mom bought me a book where I read how pigs sniff out truffles. I remember it was a fun and funny book, because there was an illustration of a pig wearing a beret, looking for truffles. I know a beret! I get the reference, wasn't it French food connoisseur Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin who called truffles "the diamond of the kitchen"? Then again, like diamonds, truffles are insanely expensive. Get this, Casino King Stanley Ho, who probably has a predilection for truffles, has paid over $300,000 for about a kilo of truffles. Not just once, but twice.

But since we all don't have casino empires for cash cows, you might want to check out Cecille Capistrano-Poblador's truffle enterprise, Truffles & More.

Cecile imports truffle products from Rome and the US and distributes them in the Philippines. According to Cecile,  

"These truffle products enable both the chef and home cook to experience the unique truffle flavor without having to splurge on buying fresh truffles.

They may not make you swoon quite as dramatically as a whole specimen will, but a small sprinkle of this highly aromatic mixture of sea salt and small chunks of black truffle or this luxurious blend of honey and truffle can really perk up any dish, or at least add a hint of near illicit decadence to any meal."

Sounds divine to me! Here are some of the truffle & olive products that Truffles & More brings in. You might want to get these for your pantry. Consider it a sprinkling of diamond dust in your kitchen!

White Truffle Oil (Php 950/ 100 ml) - a few drops to make a rich enhancement to the flavor of 
salad and pasta. Makes pizza taste a whole lot better.

Truffle Salt 3.4 oz (Php 1,250/ 3.4 oz)- feel free to use this anywhere a recipe calls for salt. You can sprinkle it on top of almost anything. Turns omelettes into a decadent dish.

Truffle Tagliatelle (Php 1,100/ 8.8 oz) & Black Truffle Sauce (Php 1,100/ 3.2 oz) - an elegant main course in minutes. Serves 3 to 4 people. Black Truffle Oil (Php 850/ 100 ml)

Black Olive & Green Olive Tapenade (Php 550/ 8.8oz) - best on warm focaccia or toasted slices of baguette, spread in a very thin layer. It is also terrific on sandwiches. Spread it on the inside of the bread before you make a grilled cheese (best w/cheddar) or a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich. It's also a good dip for baby carrots or just about anything else.

Cecille particularly recommends the truffle salt and oil for eggs, steak and popcorn -- she says the bottle goes a long way as you don't need much, and the truffle honey for entertaining (served with a cheese platter or drizzled on top of toasted bread with goat cheese). The thought of these alone already puts me in a truffle tizzy. Yum!

Visit the Truffles & More Facebook page for recipes and other ideas.

Truffles & More is the Exclusive Distributor of Sabatino Tartufi Products in the Philippines and more. Available in Metro Manila, Cebu, Bacolod & Davao.

Truffle Products:
Truffle Salt, Truffle Honey, Black and White Truffe Oil, Truffle Pasta Set, Whole Black Truffles, White Truffle Cream, Black Tartufa Sauce, Red Balsamic Vinegar Flavoured with White Truffles

Other Products:
Pure Spanish Saffron, Black and Green Olive Tapenade, Red and White Balsamic Cream

Phone: +63917.855.9637

1 comment:

NT said...

Where can you buy truffle oils in Manila?

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