August 24, 2012
This isn't a recipe really
it's me bragging about my lunch last Friday
Today is just another Winters day in Canberra, except it's snowing!
Not a terribly common occurrence here. Sure we get dustings of snow on the mountains, but not usually here in the suburbs.
And today's snow is not sleet, not gritty little almost tiny hail like stuff, but big fluttery fat flakes. It almost looks 'real'!
Snowy days are such a treat that I decided I would celebrate with a Wintry treat of my own. I've had my little stash of truffle goodies hiding away for a while now and what a great reason to go-for-broke in the Winter Indulgence stakes.
I wish you could smell this!
A while ago I made a Truffle compound butter
I used a good quality butter and folded through some finely chopped gorgeous fresh truffle that I got at the local farmers market. I softened the butter, mixed through the truffle, formed it into a log, wrapped it very firmly in wax paper then plastic wrap then froze it. How handy in case of truffle cravings! This is lovely smeared under the skin of a chicken before baking,dotted on a perfectly poached egg, spread on some toasted bread, or with a dollop melting over a lovely medium rare steak- yummo
I also had some yummy truffle oil, and some Truffle Salami that I found at Aldi of all places!
Now to build the ultimate Winter Sandwich!
I started with a Scharr brand focaccia
Spread with some fabulous truffle butter
Generous amounts of truffled salami
Topped with a delicious French style goat cheese
Popped into a warm oven for about a minute- just until the fridge chill is off the ingredients
Freshen it all up with some nice peppery rocket and earthy beet leaves, drizzled with decadent truffle oil and a touch of white balsamic to cut through the extra richness of it all
Top with the rest of the roll, serve with a side salad drizzled with more truffle oil and white balsamic
AND DIG RIGHT IN!
I curled up on the couch with a furry rug, a purring kitty, a good book, and watched the snowflakes fly. All I needed was an open fire and it would have been perfect indeed
Now for the extra extra special bit:
Would you like to see the perfect end to my pretty perfect lunch.....
that's right... A Gold Dusted Truffle Macaron!
So Dear Readers, do you think that was a lunch worth bragging about, and do you enjoy truffles?