My mom came back from Europe last weekend with goodies for me! Have a guess what she bought. I could not wait any longer to use it and made my dinner a few nights ago with it.
Tata! She bought me a jar of truffle paste (below) that cost her 24 Euros! As much as truffles are acclaimed and I have read loads about their role as an ingredient, their high cost, their unique way of growing underground, the unique way of harvesting, all the way to how there are imitation truffles popping up in China, etc, I have to admit I have never tried truffles before.
But wow! Now I really can testify that a little bit goes a long way! After the "pop" from the tamper-proof cap was gone, I picked up a waft of earthy fragrance right away. It was strong and wonderfully comforting in a way. I had to stop myself from spooning the paste directly into my mouth. Yep, it was difficult but I did it. Needless to say, the earthiness of the truffles went really wonderfully with my whole wheat pasta. I literally licked my plate clean, using a bit of bread to mop up every single small bit, but not just because the truffle paste was expensive, but it is really that good. Thanks mom!