Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Fresh Australian Black Truffles

Last week my good buddy Andy @ The Gourmet Grocer in Balmain very kindly gave me an incredible Fresh Australian Black Truffle to take home and cook with. It was great timing as the week before I got to see 2-hatted chef Guillaume Brahimi in action at qualia working with Manjimup truffles in his degustation dishes.

I’ll be honest, in the past I have found some fresh truffle really overpowering and not been a huge fan but I can honestly say in the past week, I’ve totally seen the light with this delicacy and found ways of cooking with it where it doesn’t take over but compliments in a subtle manner. Mixing it with butter really brings out the truffle’s flavour and a microplane grater is a wonderful tool to use when working with fresh truffles. Most people will be familiar with a standard truffle slicer but I found a really fine grater such as a good microplane works wonders too to inject the truffle into other ingredients without it being OTT.

Below are a few recipes I cooked up over the past week using this fresh truffle given to me by Andy. I hope you try them out and enjoy. I am now a total convert to roast chicken and truffle, this one was totally fab!


Katie x


Apologies for the delay but big congrats to Lisa Dieder in Cronulla for winning the hamper of American food goodies from Andy’s shop as featured in my recent All American Post. Lisa I will be in touch this week. Well done :)

Black truffle and garlic roast chicken

Black Truffle Fried Egg with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese

Black truffle shiitake mushroom and roast chicken risotto

All images © Katie Quinn Davies 2012


16 Responses to “Fresh Australian Black Truffles”

  1. July 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Absolutely stunning photographs!

  2. July 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Wow! I never had the chance to cook with black truffles, but it’s true these baby are powerfull! I wish I can have the chance to buy one or two some day! All your recipes looks like a delight!

  3. July 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I once bought a black truffle from Pike Place Market in Seattle and carried it around like a precious jewel until I got home. I felt a huge responsibility to do it justice, but had no idea exactly what to do. Eventually I grated some over scrambled eggs and a little more over some pasta, neither of which were spectacular. I remember I had seen a truffled chicken recipe somewhere before and wish I had had the guts then to make the dish. Next time I will follow your recipe.

  4. July 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I’m moving to wordpress as well.

    And now I so want an egg!!!!!!!!

  5. July 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    this looks amazing.. those fried eggs, delicious!
    xo, cheyenne

  6. July 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    God! This chicken wants to be eaten by me! I heard it calling for me. Thank you for the recipes and the stunning pictures!

  7. July 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    this is beautiful, love it

  8. July 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This is such a simple, classic and elegant dish! Nothing better than a delicious Roast Chicken – but with BLACK TRUFFLE BUTTER? Good Lord! The Risotto sounds absolutely divine too. I will most definitely try this recipe..GORGEOUS photos and styling as always Katie!

  9. July 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm
  10. July 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the photographs on your blog!

  11. July 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Well, I’ve been thinking what to write as I truly felt forced to do it to show my appreciation for your work/art… But there have been hardly any words that could fully describe what you do. Yet one comes to my mind and that is MASTERPIECE. And to me, your photos resemble old masters’ paintings… Vermeer, Velasquez, Van Dijck. I just admire them.

  12. July 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    You have one of the best food blogs EVER Katie, AWESOME.



  13. July 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    lovely photos..lovely food…


  14. July 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Everything looks AMAZING!!! Yum! Great work. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics.

  15. August 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    What a decadent brekkie! Love that truffle ;)

  16. Tranquility
    March 17, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Just brilliant photography!

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