Herma’s News – Luxury Foods – Truffles, Pasta, Duck Confit, African Rice Dish, Croque Monsieur and More

Luxury – (noun) the state of great comfort and extravagant living.

Dear Customers,

For us, luxury means to experiment with interesting flavours and to enjoy the best of foods like charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, olive oil, olives, truffles, sauces, pasta and more. Take a look at just some of what we offer that will have you bathing in the lap of our kind of luxury.

Truffle Serving Suggestions

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 like those found below.

Truffle Oils may be added in unison with flakes of parmigiana to pasta dishes, risotto, soups and drizzled over pizza.

Truffle powder may be added to enhance any food with the taste of truffle, like that of French Fries for instance. Just remember, a little goes a long way.

Truffle pearls contain the juice of truffles and are delicious. With the look of caviar they also play a nice decorative role when placed in soups, with eggs and also sprinkled over plates of gourmet finger foods.

Truffle mustard may be spread on anything calling for mustard. We especially enjoy it on a juicy hamburger which gives it an elevated taste.

Truffle vinegar may be made into a salad dressings for something entirely different or perhaps as a nice dipping sauce for bread.

Mushrooms and Truffle in Oil may be added to either plain butter or chicken stock along with grated Parmigiana. Use as a condiment for pasta and rice or add to meats, fish, boiled vegetables, eggs, warm crostini and  pizza.

Hint while cooking…Avoid overheating so as to not lose the truffle’s aroma.

How to Choose Pasta

At Herma’s we feel lucky to offer an amazing selection of quality pasta from Italy. Whether your favourite is Rummo or Mamma Nuccia, you can rest assured that you will be enjoying superior flavour.

Tubes (like penne, ziti, rigate) – hearty, thick sauces

Ribbons (like pappardelle, a wider noodle) – used to sop up creamy sauces

Rods (like spaghetti) – olive oil and tomato based sauces which will coat each strand evenly

Shapes – chunky vegetable sauces, the crevices will trap the sauce

Duck Confit – Tres French!

We carry an amazing Duck Confit that has been cooked very slowly in duck fat and herbs, the French way. Find in our freezers.

Gordon’s suggestion on how to prepare…

Defrost Duck and bring to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 400 degree F.

Lightly season both sides with salt and pepper and place in a baking dish.

Cover baking dish with lid or tin foil and place in oven for 10 minutes.

Remove lid or foil and place in oven to broil for a few minutes to crisp.

According to Gordon the meat is fall off the bones delicious when prepared in this way.

Ti Kay La’s Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a fragrant dish that is revered across the sub-region of West Africa for its unique sweet taste and subtle spiciness. This dish, also called Benachin Rice, is popular in Chef Victoria’s St. Lucia and can take hours to prepare. To make it easier to enjoy at home Victoria created her own delicious recipe and put it in a jar.

Find instructions on how to prepare this rice dish on the side of the bottle – Sauce for Benachin Rice.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

Pictured are Taleggio, Beppino Occelli’s Grappa and Manchego on a cheese platter in-the-making. Grazing on special cheeses is a wonderful way to bath in the lap of our kind of luxury.


More than just Fondue…

photo by Emile Henry

When we mention Gruyere, we generally like to talk about its melting properties and how it is the ideal cheese for fondue. While that is true, we also consider it delicious served on a cheese platter, shredded into soups and also baked into French foods such as Quiche and Croque Monsieur, also Mac n’ Cheese.

Croque Monsieur and Fondue Recipes

To view recipes for a delicious Croque Monsieur and also Fondue go to the blog section of hermas.ca or click on the link below…

Croque Monsieur and Fondue Recipes using Gruyere – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

Stay cozy at home while enjoying the classic flavour of the Parisian Bistro. Melted cheese, Béchamel Sauce and delicately sliced ham await you with this popular French sandwich – yum! 

At Herma’s have Porchetta ham sliced to your liking by Janis, Margaret or Herma and don’t forget to pick up a nice piece of Gruyere.

Rare Parmigiano Reggiano at Herma’s!

Don’t miss your chance to purchase this special Parmigiana Reggiano. You have three Choices each being made with the milk of a different breed of cow: FreisanDisolabrunaRed Cows 


Emile Henry Dishes

Emile Henry 16 Piece Set of red, ceramic dishes – Regularly $410.00, NOW $205.00 + tax

All Jacqueline Kent jewelry and accessory pieces are 50% off. 

Place your bid for Sookie!

Auction taking place ends February 3rd on National Doggie Date Night. All proceeds go toward the Northumberland Humane Society. 

Our Husky looms over three feet tall and is valued at $900.

Stay well, be safe and make sure to visit us for all the luxurious foods we have to offer.


Meredith Ender

Communication Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts