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Resolution: Black Truffle [Jan. 7th, 2003|09:22 pm]
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New ingredient 1: Black Truffle.
This is part of my New Years Resolution.

This is the first dish in my quest to use new ingredients. I've had a truffle sitting in my pantry that I've been meaning to use for a while. Tonight I finally got a chance to use it.

I prepared a roast chicken with truffles. Along with that was some apple dressing and green beans topped with sauteed mushrooms. This was paired with Perigueux sauce, a rich combination of stock, Madiera, and truffles.

It came out very well, I thought. I like the rich earthy taste of the wine and truffles with chicken, even though reds aren't traditional with poultry (AFAIK). The sauce (technically a gravy as I did finish it with some cornstarch rather than doing a pure reduction) went very well with the simple apple and bread stuffing.

All in all, success for the first new ingredient! (If anyone wants further recipe details, speak up and I can post 'em.)

[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2003-01-07 09:49 pm (UTC)
Why no, there's no Iron Chef fetish in THIS house... *looks innocent*
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2003-01-07 10:43 pm (UTC)
It's like a haiku in my mouth! *insipid giggling*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-01-07 11:15 pm (UTC)
The truffles were, of course, "luxurious".

I did try to hold back when writing the description. :>
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2003-01-08 09:28 pm (UTC)
Damn. No, you know, I mean dayum! Can I come over?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-01-08 11:12 pm (UTC)
Sure! ...well, I mean, like not tonight, but you know, in future. :) Give a call sometime.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2003-01-08 11:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, maybe you can help me out! I've had a truffle sitting under the couch for several weeks now, and I'm at a loss how to get it out. I figure now that you're a hardened truffle chef, you might have some advice.

I'm not prejudiced against truffles, mind you! It's just this particular one that's a problem. It rolls back and forth and kicks up dust, it makes disparaging comments about everyone's shoes, and it persists in making rude and inappropriate noises when I'm trying to play with my new GameCube. Plus it has unsavory friends. Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-01-09 09:36 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, it can be quite a problem when truffles go feral.

I suggest you attempt to lure it out by placing a pile of caviar and foie gras on the floor a couple feet from the couch -- truffles are naturally attracted to other overpriced foodstuffs. Hide on the couch with a butcher's knife and, as the truffle comes out to investigate, a few swift blows should finish it.

Aim for the neck. If you can figure out which part is the neck, that is.
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