Ingredients & produce, truffles

Intoxicated with the first truffles of the season

I’m going to give you a list of my top 7 truffle recipes. But first I want to tell you about my first intoxicating, dense and aromatic truffle of the season. Unexpectedly on Sunday Simon and Bernie from the pop-up truffle shop Madame Truffles (re-opening June 22 2012) returned from foraging in NSW with a giant truffle larger than an iphone and a pretty decent sized one as a gift for me. They were straight out the ground as fresh […]

South Melbourne, truffles

Pop-up truffles

Madame Truffles’ Simon McCrudden and Bernadette Jenner: opening this week next door to St Ali. T ruffle season is now in full swing, with supplies coming in from NSW, WA and Tasmania. And starting this Friday, Australia’s first pop-up truffle shop – Madame Truffles – opens for the month of July in the St Ali precinct of Yarra Place in South Melbourne. The shop, which will sell truffles from all three states, plus Victoria if supply allows, will also sell […]

Melbourne, truffles

The madame, the pope, the saint and the truffle. And the Fringe Food Festival.

What: Olifactory extravaganza: truffle tasting dinner When: Friday 1 July, 6.30pm Where: St Ali, South Melbourne How much: $65, including wine How many: 30 places How to book: Email me This is an invite to an exclusive exotic extravaganza, an olifactory experience beyond comparison a truffle tasting dinner being held to kick-off the Fringe Food Festival. Next Friday 1 July I have arranged a three course truffle tasting dinner cooked by Pope Joan’s Matt Wilkinson at St Ali in South […]


First truffle of the season

It was an urgent call to action the other Friday from Prahran Market’s Twitter stream: “Stop press! Black WA truffles in an hour ago! These were in the ground this time yesterday! Damian puke (sic) mushrooms” Pretty soon I was on the tram from South Melbourne to pick up the car in St Kilda. The tram terminating at Mart 130, I marched across the Albert Park and was drenched for the first time that day to pay $60 for 15 […]