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Thursday, September 02, 2004

truffles in the sand...

i'm not an expert on truffles in kuwait but i've observed people in ecstasy over the coming season enough to wonder about it. what's so special about those things anyway? and why do i feel they taste like weird potatoes? hmmm...

well at least the whole world seems to agree on the delectableness of truffles so we're not alone... must be an acquired taste though. i've still got to try those black and white truffles of europe - they could be different and i've come accross quite a bit of info on cooking and storing them such as in cognac! (where there seems to be a reciprocal benefit - the cognac and the truffle both taste better)

oh and apparently when iraq invaded kuwait in 1990 some people were more distraught about losing truffles than homeland! (can't confirm this though - sounds urban legend-y to me)

are the sandy truffles of the desert the same as the white ones of europe? a definitive answer from any of you out there would be appreciated...


  • Truffles in Europe are very similar to the truffles of the Desert but not the same. European truffles grow around trees and are found by specially-trained pigs, snuffing them out. The European Truffles have a much stronger taste and flavour than the truffles found here. They are also smaller.
    Truffles of the desert are larger and milder in taste. The White big ones are definitely the creme de la truffle world here in Arabia. Found in Libya, Algiers, Saudi, Kuwait... I suppose wherever there is a large desert.
    I am a Truffle-Fanatic. We went truffle-hunting once and found Huge White Ones, they were Beautiful. I cut them up, cleaned them, and made them into a delightful Rissotto... YUMM-EEEEE (*sigh* when will I ever get over my addiction to food?)

    By Blogger PinkSuedeShoes, at Friday, September 03, 2004 4:09:00 PM  

  • PSS - when will you invite me to savor the products of your apparent culinary talent...

    By Blogger frigg, at Friday, September 03, 2004 5:03:00 PM  

  • Once Truffle Season Kicks in.. We'll have a Winter Desert Picnic.. Wouldn't that be nice? The Invites Out, everyone!

    By Blogger PinkSuedeShoes, at Friday, September 03, 2004 8:51:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Mad M2000 مــادم الكويت, at Sunday, September 05, 2004 9:10:00 AM  

  • I think going out for truffles has something to with our roots. Going out the desert and digging for them, then cooking them. It seems the younger kids dont remeber that or never took part in it. I remeber before the invasion going out to the desert to visit families tents and looking for them. Then we had all those minefields and people were afraid to go out, so kids never grew up with that experience.

    By Blogger nibaq, at Sunday, September 05, 2004 12:22:00 PM  

  • The Kuwait Union for New Teachers (KUNTs) and their colleagues - The Dubai Association For Teaching (DAFTKUNTS), and the Saudi Arabian Department (SADKUNTs) encourage teachers who are moving to the middle east to get involved in this social and professional organisation. We organise parties, help and fun. A place where expat teachers can get together and help each other out.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, September 14, 2004 3:23:00 AM  

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