Monday, June 18, 2012


What is a Truffle
  • Often called the diamond of the culinary world, a truffle is a rare, edible mushroom that is considered to be a delicacy due to its intense aroma and characteristic flavor. They have a firm texture and are most often shaven on top of food before serving, although they can also be used to infuse flavor into dishes. Though there are hundreds of different species, only some mostly those found in the genus Tuber are considered delicacies. Truffles grow underground in symbiotic relationships with trees and are difficult to find; as a result, they are usually harvested in the wild by trained hogs and dogs.
  • Truffles are usually classified mainly based on their appearance, smell, and taste. Found in a variety of regions around the world, many are commonly known by their location rather than their technical name. Their value varies depending on their rarity and specific aromatic qualities the rarest are the most expensive food in the world.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Squid, Lemon, Avocado

Preserved Lemon
Peel off any stickers on the lemons and wash. Cut both ends off so you can see some of the flesh and blanch for 3 minutes in non salted boiling water. Shock in ice water. Make a brine to your liking at least 50-50 salt to sugar, add any spices you like and brine to a boil. Place the lemons in a heavy duty plastic container. Pour the hot brine over the blanched lemons let cool to room temp. Put a lid on the container and put in a cooler. Let the lemons brine for 1 month, then cryovac in portions.

Fried Squid
Lemon Pudding
Avocado Mousse
Chunky Remoulade
Lemon Powder
Pickled Shallot
Caramelized Shallot
Picked Herb Salad
     Chive Tips
     Ruby Streak
Minus 8