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Truffle Burgers

IMG_0003Prep time 10 minutes  Cooking time 20 minutes.

These Burgers are topped with Truffle Oil and a Parmesan Crisp, and are served on a piece of Focaccia, or in a Burger Bun if preferred. It makes 4 Burgers.

480g/1lb fresh sirloin steak mince, or other good-quality mince.

175g/6ozs freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

1/2tsp salt & 1/2tsp pepper.

4 15cm/6in squares foccacia, or 4 Burger buns.

1 tsp white Truffle Oil.

Preheat grill to high.

Combine the beef, 55g/2ozs cheese and seasoning in a bowl.

Divide the mixture into 4 equal-sized portions and shape each portion into a patty.

Heat a samll frying-pan. Pile a quarter of the remaining cheese into two small circles, spaced well-apart. Heat until melted.

Using a slotted spoon, lift the circles onto a plate to cool and harden.

Repeat with the remaining cheese, so you have 4 circles.

Place the burgers under the pre-heatd grill and cook for about 4 minutes per side, turning halfway. they should be browned on the outside.

Place each Burger on a piece of Foccacia, or on the base of a bun. Drizzle each one with about 1/4stp of the oil.

top with a Parmesan crisp and serve immediately.

 Previously published n The American Diner; The Ultimate Burger Cookbook.

Truffle Hunting Tours Around the World in 2015

Meet the truffle hunters

Whether they are black or white, big or small, French or Italian, the season of one of the most gourmet products in the world it’s coming! It’s time to hunt truffles!

Did you know there is a special University in Italy for training truffle hunting dogs?

Known as white and black gold, truffles are a very special delicatessen because they are usually found only in some regions of Italy and France. They grow naturally underground, so it is necessary to train a dog to hunt them! Therefore, truffle dogs are the real protagonists of the truffle hunting, as they have the best sense of smell and can detect a truffle even from 100 meters away. In fact, there is a truffle dog University in Italy were they are trained to detect truffles since they are small puppies, being able to find thousands of euros in truffles just walking around the hills, it’s like a game for them! In the past, pigs were used as well but it was very hard to make them stop eating this edible treasure!

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Types of truffles.

There are different types of truffles and they mature at different times of the year, depending on the region. Therefore, different truffles are available throughout the year. They are usually classified by their colour, season and region; white truffles are considered more special than black truffles because they grow only at limited latitudes and regions, they have a broader unique bouquet and they don’t need to be cooked to show their intense aromas, so they are traditionally shaved directly on simple risotto, pasta, and egg dishes, allowing the truffle to be the protagonist of the dish. In the other hand, black truffles are grown in more regions and they have a delicious earthy, subtle bouquet, you can enjoy them with meat, risotto and pasta.

Would you like to experience the unforgettable thrill of truffle hunting?

Definitely Italy and France are our favourite countries for enjoying the best truffle hunting experiences. So we prepared for our gourmet food lovers a list of the best truffle hunting tours around the world!

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Italy

4-Day White Truffle Extravaganza in Piedmont

Indulge in a journey into gourmets’ paradise searching for the most valuable truffle in the world! You will be part of the white truffle of Alba celebration experiencing truffle hunting, wine tasting and gourmet dining in beautiful Langhe hills of Piedmont, added to the ‘World Heritage Sites’ List in June 2014. This tour is perfect for wine and truffle lovers that prefer the best of the best!

4-Day Wine and Truffle Holiday in Tuscany

Go on a white truffle hunt in San Miniato and participate in a cooking class! You will enjoy the beautiful Tuscany in a place that offers you an amazing view with a great food, tranquillity, comfort and not last great wines and truffles!

Truffle Hunting and Cheese Tasting Tour in Siena

Spend a colourful day in the rolling hills of the splendid Val d’Orcia, UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy a truffle hunting adventure with this full-day truffle and cheese tour. Delight in a great walk in the woods with licensed truffle hunters, dogs and spectacular views in the background made of charming hilltop towns and cypresses.

Truffle Hunting, Cooking and Wine Tour in Tuscany

Enjoy a truffle and cooking experience in Tuscany during the fall season with this full-day truffle, cooking and wine tour. You will hunt for truffles with a licensed hunter and his precious dog immersed in the woods and you will enjoy a delicious truffle lunch paired with amazing Chianti and extra virgin olive oil!

Truffle Hunting Gourmet Weekend in Marche

Enjoy a weekend break in Marche, Italy, where you’ll become a truffle hunting expert. Experienced chef, Monica will help you prepare a meal showcasing the truffles of the season. You will learn tips on how best to store, prepare and use fresh truffles. Also, you will enjoy a tutored wine tasting of a selection of the red and white local wines, led by a professional sommelier. If you are a truffle and wine lover, this is the tour for you!

Truffle Hunting Day Trip in Marche

Experience an authentic truffle hunting experience with the Truffle Hunters. You’ll take part in an exciting truffle hunt in the foothills of the Sibillini Mountains. Afterwards you will enjoy a fun cooking session at a truffle cookery school followed by a long, lazy truffle-based lunch.

Best Truffle Hunting Tours 2015

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Escape to the serenity of Tuscany for pure tranquillity, relaxation and rejuvenation. This break promises a boost to your wellbeing and a whole lot of fun too! You will stay amongst the vines and enjoy the unique experience of truffle hunting. Your truffle expert will take you to a secret location where you will partake in the hunt for the elusive Tuscan truffle. A delicious, truffle-themed lunch will be served afterwards at a traditional osteria and you will also enjoy a wine tasting in the hotel’s extensive cellar.

1 Week Autumn Gold: Truffle and Wine Tour in Tuscany.

You will stay in the magnificent 11th century Villa Maddalena situated in the centre of Montisi, a medieval hilltop village near Montalcino and the package includes your own private chef and sommelier for the duration of your stay. Chef Selina and sommelier Matt work together to create an unforgettable dining experience using the very best local ingredients and wines – including your truffle if you are lucky enough to find one!

8 Days Truffles, Chocolates and Sagrantino Grapes in Umbria.

Nature has bestowed upon us several luxuries and Umbria has some of our favorites; chocolates, Sagrantino wines and the ultimate, black and white truffles. During this amazing tour, you will indulge in all of these pleasures and more! You will taste Sagrantino wines under an awe-inspiring architectural dome and tour the town where this obscure grape grows. Not yet convinced? You will visit Rome, Todi, Assisi and Perugia and make our own creations at Perugina, Italy’s oldest confectionary! If you like to indulge, this tour will prove to be the ultimate!

France

Truffle Hunting Tour in Provence

This tour allows wine lovers and foodies to experience Provence away from the beaten track with one of France’s most historical countryside traditions. Whether summer or winter you can go on a truffle hunt, sample delicious truffles, world-class Champagne and rich olive and truffle oil. This is a unique and unmissable experience for any Winerists looking to explore and discover Provence.

4 Day Cahors Truffle

Winter truffles are one of the best kept treasures in the Lot valley. The soil and climate of the region so come and let your guide unveil the secrets around this noble mushroom. Your private guide will arrange and accompany you to a range of truffle oriented activities such as a truffle market, a demonstration of truffle hunting, a truffle lunch, a winery and the only exclusive truffle merchant of France.

 

 

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TRUFFLE-HUNTING TOURS IN PROVENCE

truf-prov1-1Go behind the scenes of the world’s most secretive business. Take a tour of a Provençal truffle plantation, learn how truffles are cultivated and truffle dogs are trained, and go on a hunt for France’s elusive “black gold” with professional hunters who know all the tricks of the trade.

truf-prov1-2You’ll be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage, and learn to tell the difference between the different types of French truffles and the “fakes” from China. Tours are followed up with a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne and a tasting of our Les Pastras olive and truffle oil. A real treat!

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Truffle Hunting Tour: Truffle hunt, truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, olive and truffle oil tasting: 70€ per person (winter), 60€ per person (summer). Minimum of 2 people.

truf-prov1-3Weekend tours at flexible hours, weekday tours at 6pm (summer) or 4pm (winter). Please book at least one week in advance.

Summer season: May 1 – September 30*
Winter season: November 15 – March 15*

* Weather permitting

Please contact us for more information or to schedule your tour.

truf-prov1-4Johann & Lisa Pepin, www.lespastras.com, +33 6 26 05 30 49

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50% of the profits from Les Pastras products go to the One Family orphanage in Haiti

With kind regards,

Johann & Lisa Pepin

www.lespastras.com
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White Truffle Weekends at Villa Lena, Tuscany – Autumn 2015

Villa Lena, Image Credit Ellie TsatsouThis autumn, Villa Lena in Tuscany will be hosting special weekends in celebration of the white truffle, trifola d’Alba Madonna, which grows amid the roots of oak, ash, and white poplar trees in their own forests.

Guests will learn to forage with their specialized agriculture team and Lagotto Romagnola dogs, to prepare and cook the truffles with the Chef-in-residence Guillaume Rouxel, from Le Dauphin in Paris, and enjoy multiple courses and variations of the Tuscan delicacy at degustation meals.

4 F1020025_830Set in 500 hectares of beautiful woodland, rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards; Villa Lena is much more than just a traditional Tuscan retreat. Founded as an artist residency and a hotel by contemporary art consultant Lena Evstafieva, her musician husband Jérôme Hadey and their friend Lionel Bensemoun, a successful entrepreneur and founder of the hip Parisian nightclub Le Baron, the three have collaborated on a retreat to bring together their experiences in entertainment, music, art, film and other creative fields in one place. As always at Villa Lena, guests at the Truffle Weekend will be included in the community of resident artists and musicians who will host special cocktails, a concert, and a creative workshop.

PACKAGE

Date: first date – 9th -11th of October

Price: 600 euros per person inclusive of VAT

The package is separated into two fees. The Truffle Package includes the weekend’s gourmet menu and all the activities (which are optional, in case guests would like to opt out of one or few).

_J1A7524Accommodation fees are separate since there are different sized apartments on offer. Guests are invited to stay in Fattoria – old stables converted into airy apartments with tall ceilings and views over the rolling hills or the adjacent 19th century Villa.

Accommodation Fees:

One bedroom suite for two people – 300 euros for 2 nights

Two bedroom suite for three people – 380 euros for 2 nights

Two Bedroom Suite for four people – 520 euros for 2 nights

http://www.villa-lena.it/