Truffle Hunting and Auberge de la Truffe
It was a drizzly summers day in France, not what we were expecting at all for our holiday in Perigord in June but perhaps the perfect day to spend in the truffle museum in Sorges and then from there to the restaurant Auberge de la Truffe for a long lunch. Perhaps if it had been gloriously sunny day we may not have indulged in a long three coursMe lunch but we were in no rush this day to walk round in the rain so Auberge de la Truffe is where we stayed. Auberge de la Truffle is a Michelin rated restaurant so we knew we were in for a treat.
They say the best ways to eat truffle is in a salad, omelet or risotto, or if you are feeling really flash just lightly fry as much as you can afford in butter. At €60 a hundred gram it may not be too much.
We chose an omelet at the restaurant which was beautifully light and served with a salad with local walnuts, this followed a soup of carrots and we finished with a walnut parfait and chocolate sauce and an apple Tart Tatin. Well we thought we had finished but when we ordered coffee we received a plate of sweet treat to accompany the coffee; macarons, frangipane cake and pate de fruit. The service was excellent and the maitre de was very encouraging and helpful with my little French. A wonderful experience if you go truffle hunting in Perigord.
The truffle museum is just along the road, where you can learn all about the history of growing truffles to the varieties as well as how to begin your own truffle farm. I did buy myself a very very very small truffle, enough to make a risotto for two people and hope to share this with you later. I dream about cultivating my own truffles but the north island of NZ is probably too warm in winter but maybe could try with just one tree.
Here’s a few pics also of where we stayed.
Our villa and pool and the local village Bourdielles.