The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. –
Discovering new flavours and how they may compliment each other is an exciting journey, and when done with success, can be made into creations worthy to be considered a work of art. What better way to fill your culinary palette than with a visit to Herma’s. This week our interest lies with truffles and how they enhance and elevate foods with a unique earthy and delicious flavour.
A Culinary Journey with Truffles
Just one whiff of the intense aroma that comes from truffles will have you salivating for the rich flavours sourced from this sought-after, foraged, edible, subterranean fungus – a rare delicacy. Find a large assortment of truffle products at Herma’s that will allow you to experiment and create like never before.
Enjoying Truffles this Summer
Truffle Hunter’s Black and White Truffle Oil incorporates some of the highest quality truffles – shaved and expertly blended with cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Asparagus and Poached Egg
with fresh Parmigiano and Truffle Oil.
All you need to do is blanch your asparagus in salted water for 2 minutes and poach your eggs. To serve, simply lay the eggs on top of the asparagus and sprinkle according to taste with fresh grated parmesan and a drizzle of aromatic truffle oil.
Corn on the Cob
with Truffle and fresh Parmigiano
After preparing your corn (6 ears), baste with a mouth-watering mixture of garlic (3 cloves), 4 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, transfer to your serving plate and sprinkle corn with about 1/2 a cup of finely grated Parmigiana. Before serving, drizzle with 4-5 tablespoons of White Truffle Oil.
with Saint Agur Blue Cheese and Truffle Oil
Combine 1/2 cup of St. Agur Blue Cheese, 1 clove of garlic (minced) and 1-2 tablespoons of truffle oil. Heat over the stove or in microwave (30 seconds to 1 minute). Blend 1/2 a cup of Mayonnaise and a smidgen of salt into the mixture.
Truly amazing! Our favourite.
Mushroom Ravioli Sauce
Combine 4 cups of heavy cream and 4 teaspoons of black truffle oil in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and 4 teaspoons of butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has a creamy consistency, about 5 minutes.
with Onions, Truffle Oil and Parmigiano
Pre-heat oven for roasting at 400 F. Combine sliced potatoes, thinly sliced onion (1 yellow), garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet or baking dish. Toss potatoes until they are evenly coated. Roast for 40 minutes. Place potatoes on a serving dish and drizzle with truffle oil.
Also try roasted vegetables with truffle salt as a finishing touch to foods like brussel sprouts, French fries, broccoli and popcorn. To cook veggies, place on a baking sheet, add olive oil and truffle salt. Roast to perfection.
Other truffle products found at Herma’s…
Delicious & Sons Black Truffle & Mushroom Sauce – Martelli White Truffle Honey – Giuliano Tartufi Spolverata di Tartufo Truffle Powder – Borgo de’ Medici Extra Virgin Olive Oil (White Truffle Flavour and Black Truffle Flavour) – Stonewall Kitchen’s Truffle Aioli – Giuliano Truffle Pearls – Royal Command Winter Truffles – Braswell’s Truffle Mustard – Tartufata Mushrooms and Truffle in Oil – Plantin Risotto with Porcini and Summer Truffle
Olive Oil used with the above recipes…
Galantino L’Affiorato Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This award-winning olive oil is created in Puglia, Italy by the Galantino Family. It is filled with notes of green apple and green artichoke and is perfect for drizzling over green salads or tossing with fresh vegetables and roasted potatoes. This olive oil would also be lovely drizzled over baked or stewed fish, sea food and other delicate dishes.
NEW Bottle Design for one of our most beloved balsamics…
Aceto Balsamico di Modena Invecchiato
Distinguished by its high density, it has a well-balanced and harmonious aroma and sweet flavour. Its notes of honey and vanilla make this the perfect vinegar for experimenting with the sweeter side of the balsamic spectrum!
Pair with vegetable or pasta salads, fine meats, aged cheeses like Parmegiana, cream-flavored gelato or vanilla ice cream, strawberries, pineapple, even cherries!
Romancing with Rummo
The drawn-out process of coaxing wheat and water into a miraculously elastic union has been the practice of Rummo pasta-makers for 175 years. Choosing just the right ingredients and testing the pasta to make sure that each batch meets Rummo’s high standards guarantees that Rummo will continue to gain the respect of Italians everywhere, whose deep love for pasta demands excellence. Below is a refreshing summer pasta recipe of theirs that will be sure to delight.
Linguini with Lemon Recipe
photo and recipe by Rummo
FOR 4 PEOPLE
360 g Rummo Linguine – 3 organic lemons, juice and zest – 1-3 anchovy fillets – 1 clove garlic – salt and pepper to taste – sprig of mint – 45 ml extra virgin olive oil
Sauté garlic in olive oil. Add the anchovy and sauté until it begins to break up. Add lemon juice. Bring water to a boil in an ample pot and add salt. Cook the Linguine for 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss well with the sauce in the pan. Sprinkle with mint and lemon zest to taste. Toss and serve.
Dreamfarm Tops the Lists
Taco has shared some exciting news concerning Dreamfarm Kitchen tools which just confirms what we have always known – that Dreamfarm’s innovative superior design offers something more than your average kitchen utensil. Here is what Taco has found in magazines concerning these wonderful products.
First and foremost the Scizza in People Magazine…
photo by Dreamfarm
Other kitchen tools by Dreamfarm have made the news as well…Dreamfarm’s Ortwo Pepper Grinder made Good Housekeeping’s list of the 7 best Pepper Mills and Grinders (and was considered to be the best one-handed pepper grinder), WGNTV named Dreamfarm’s Clongs as being one of the 8 best tongs in the world, AllRecipes named Dreamfarm’s Spina as having the best design of all salad spinners.
We are proud to carry these innovative products which make creating in the kitchen easy and fun.
Herma’s Signature Products
Made from scratch in Herma’s very own kitchen, we believe this is one of our more refreshing offerings as it combines lemon with cheese. It makes the perfect topping for appetizers, pairs well with salmon and is deliciously refreshing all on its own spread on your favourite cracker. Find in Herma’s Cheese Shop.
Celebrating Summer Sale continues
50% off all Linens
Enjoy saving on tea towels, aprons, kitchen towels and more.
**Also find an array of fun sale items laid out on our long dining room table toward the back of the store.
We look forward to seeing you in coming days as you begin a new journey in the world of culinary arts.
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