Monday, June 11, 2012

BLACK DIAMONDS OR BLACK GOLD IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

KEE@FSWMAG.COM
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Chefs with Western Australia's Minister of Tourism Dr Kim Hames holding a truffle worth thousands!


BEING SO HIGH CLASS, REFINED AND WORLDLY WISE, I AM VERY PARTIAL TO TRUFFLES, THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE AND RAREST MUSHROOM.

Traditionally, the best truffles come from France but that delightful nation no longer monopolises the production of high quality truffles as Mundaring in Western Australia also produces this delicacy. 

Since few Malaysians have heard of Mundaring, this town is only 45 minutes by car from Perth and the drive is so charming and relaxing you might wish it takes 2 hours!

So if you have some money and lots of good taste, go to Mundaring Truffle Festival at the weekend of 28 and 29 July this year. 

If you have not tried eating noodles or spaghetti or any food drizzled with sliced truffles, then you have not lived. Anyway all the most expensive dishes in France and elsewhere all contain truffles, either diced and sliced for those on a budget or chunks of them for the rich who just sign the bill without checking.

Perth is so near to Malaysia and the Aussies are more friendly than the Froggies and everything's cheaper than France so live it up. The world will end this December so this is your last chance to enjoy Mundaring Truffles Festival though presumably we can continue eating truffles in heaven and for free somemore but don't take chances OK in case I don't see you there.


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Only the truly rich can afford to buy and eat this giant truffle but you can afford slices of them. Truffles are like abalone so beloved by the Chinks. Only the rich chinks can afford to eat a whole abalone but many can afford sliced ones with noodles
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Sliced truffles are drizzled onto risotto or rice or noodles so you enjoy the exquisite aroma and heavenly taste without breaking the bank
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Every drop, slice and piece counts as truffles are worth their weight in gold so if you drop your truffle on the floor, pick or lick it up
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Linley Valley pork are also delicious and much, er, cheaper
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Long table lunch
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Chefs with WA Tourism Minister Dr Kim Hames
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Ode to truffles!
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Truffle mania takes over the street
 

BLACK GOLD WEEKEND OF DECADENCE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

  • Mundaring Truffle Hunt Returns 28-29 July
  • Truffle Hunt  With Sniffer Dogs  June – August

With the advent of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian truffle season makes its appearance again from June to September. The popular Mundaring Truffle Festival returns on the weekend of 28-29 July. The Festival will highlight the French black truffles, also known as ‘black gold’ from Oak Valley Truffles farmed in the south west of the State.

The entertaining gourmet weekend set in picturesque Mundaring is just a short 45-minute drive from Perth and will feature an array of truffle-themed dishes, exhibitions and master classes. With a spectacular line up of chefs, the 2012 Festival will welcome Neil Perry, Guillaume Brahimi, Alain Fabr├Ęgues, Nino Zocalli, Anna Gare, Bruno Securo, Iain Lawless, Marianne Kempf, Herb Faust, Emmanuel Mollois, Xavier Pique, Dan Masters, Dan Sharpe, Don Hancey, Sophie Budd, Sunny de Ocampo and Vincenzo Velletri … with more to be confirmed!

Ticketed Events (include General Entry):
·    Long Table 200 metre (seater) Truffle Luncheon - As the weekend kicks off at the same time as the 2012 London Olympics, Saturday will see the WA Culinary Team compete against Sunday’s French Culinary Team, preparing four-course truffle dishes matched with Watershed Premium Wines.

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