Fried eggs with turnip greens and … black truffles!

10382272_900950216650733_5919627831778522017_oDuring our visit to the Truffle Fair in Acqualagna I could not resist and got real truffles!

Right away, I called our dear friends from Fabrica del Gusto, Silvia and Donatella, to advice an easy recipe to bring out the flavor of my truffles!tmainTruffles (1)

This is a very simple recipe, each of you can make at home once you’ll get the most precious ingredient…truffles!2015-11-13 12.45.51

So let’s get started! Put some sliced toasted bread in a ramakin and add the turnips tops boiled to perfection, then salted and seasoned with a little extra virgin olive oil from Le Marche. Soak some vegetable broth on the bread and then set the turnip greens with a fried egg on top. Simply grate plenty of fresh black truffle and…enjoy!tgrating-black-truffle---luxirare-(X2) (1)

A tip: eat immediately so that the heat will bring out the most of the flavor of your truffles!

"Buon Appetito!"

With few ingredients and in short time, you’ll be able to serve a very special meal!

Don’t forget truffles can be used to enrich any dish: from appetizer and main dishes, especially meat. Before going back to New York I really have to find out more recipes like this!

Luckly, nature gives us treasures of immense value and…taste!

“Buon Appetito!”


Acqualagna: the world capital of truffles

Truffles from Acqualagna, in the Marche

Truffles from Acqualagna, in the Marche

I go mad for dishes with the truffles!

Unfortunately in New York I do not have much chance to eat them that often. Truffles are not so easy to find and, above all, they’re really expensive. That’s why after landing in Italy a few days ago, I took the chance to visit the National Fair of the White Truffle of Acqualagna in the Marche.

Panoramic view of Acqualagna

Panoramic view of Acqualagna

However, what I am about to share with you, my dear friends, was a rather shocking revelation to me. How many times have you bought the truffle sauce or the truffle oil? When I was still living in Italy, I used to buy these ingredients pretty often. Flavoring eggs or pasta with the truffle oil was almost like celebrating some positive event in life.

When talking about the flavor we’re often referring to the scent released by the food or the drinks. What I did not know, and perhaps not even most of you, is that this statement may not be enough to protect the consumer from buying an “authentic” culinary item. These products are often the result of chemical processing of petroleum. In fact, most truffle oils are not made from actual truffles. Instead they are a synthetic combination of the thioether, one of numerous aromas or odorants found in truffles, with an olive oil or grapeseed oil base. This substance is even classified as carcinogenic, and it is just the result of an artificial synthesis that doesn’t even come close to real truffles ‘aroma’!

One beautiful and real truffle

One beautiful and real truffle

After visiting the 50th edition of the famous White Truffle Fair in Acqualagna, I really got to know what I’ve just shared with you. I was there to taste different dishes offered by the chefs during their coking shows and also to attend some ot the many workshops organized for the occasion.12030367_897327850346303_2787248599841714942_o

I found myself in ‘Piazza Mattei’, the central square of this town that calls itself the “truffle capital”. I was full of enthusiasm and ready to dive into the world of truffles and to discover secrets and rumors about this top Italian fall culinary item.

Acqualagna: capitale del tartufo

Acqualagna: the world capital of truffles!

After wandering through the stands of truffle suppliers and restaurant owners, I went to the ‘Palatartufo Theater’ to listen to the talks about truffles from the local artisans and experts.I was incredibly disappointed infinding out how often I added chemicals to my dishes, while thinking I was using  genuine and special ingredients.

Many events and workshops will take place during the National Fair of the White Truffle in Acqualagna

Many events and workshops will take place during the National Fair of the White Truffle in Acqualagna


Attending one of the many events and workshops organised during the National Fair of the White Truffle in Acqualagna

I fully support the struggle that leads the National Association of Italian Truffle Hunters against truffle’s frauds.

An invitation to all those who are lovers of this unique ingredient: beware of scams and carefully read the labels of the item you’re going to buy. With these small tricks, we will raise awareness over the scam and avoid food that can even be dangerous for our health.10007426_897726836973071_1309021942408856100_n

Tip of the week: visit the ‘White Truffle Fair’ in Acqualagna which will be held for several days, on November 7/8 and 14/15. If you’re in the area, make sure not to miss this incredibly ‘authentic’ event!

For further infos you can visit the official website of the Acqualagna Truffle Fair by clicking here (English translation provided)