Thursday afternoon, 4:32:08 PM, I get the call, "your truffle has arrived". How can you not be excited when you hear those words? How?
To be honest, I didn't really know how to use these ingredients as I wasn't even sure what they tasted like. But with a bit of googling, most things came up with very basic processes - eg, saute with butter. So that's what I did.
The asparagus, was different. It definitely tastes different to the standard supermarket variety. The texture was crunchier, despite its suppleness once blanched and sauteed (I hope I was meant to use the entire stem...as I said...no idea). It had a "fresher" or "greener" taste to it. Was it worth $10/bunch - maybe. The chanterelles, however, had a meatiness to them despite their size. The flavour was earthy, unlike the standard buttons that you would get. You could almost say they are like a shitake, but of course, the flavour profile is completely different, but the texture etc reminds me of why I love mushrooms so much!!
Simon Johnson, St David St, Fitzroy
Vegetable Connection, Brunswick St, Fitzroy