Sign up to receive original recipes and special offers

The Truffle Man

Yum

The first time I heard him, he scared the living daylights out of me. There have been burglaries in recent years in Tuscany so when I was woken at 5:30 AM by heavy footsteps under my bedroom window, I was terrified. I peered out of my window and saw a man in old blue trousers held up by a rope and a weather beaten leathery face which was not exactly axe murderer material but still a little unsettling since our house is in the middle of nowhere.

 

My English upbringing winning out over my decade in New York, I politely asked him if I could help rather than asking him what he thought he was doing at 5:30 in the morning outside my window.

 

It turns out our small patch of land is laden with truffles and he maintains he sells them directly to Alice Waters among others; a story I found rather unlikely except for the fact that he had heard of Alice Waters.

 

We got to chatting and he seemed rather indignant that I wouldn’t fence off the property from wild boars as they were affecting his business. Given that he had no right to be there in the first place and I in no way benefited from his findings, I thought it was more than a little cheeky that he should be demanding an electrified fence. Off he and his dogs went and I returned to bed.

 

When I got up later that morning, I found 2 rather large truffles, waiting for me in the courtyard – an offering of peace and the main ingredient for that evening’s simple but delicious Tagliolini al Tartufo. Every year since then, I find little offerings left for me.

 

This year, it hadn’t rained in over 3 months and the heat had been so extreme that there were virtually no truffles to be found. By now, the truffle man and I have become friendly and he’s Giorgio even though I will always refer to him as The Truffle Man. This year, with no truffles to give me, he turned up with a different kind of gift! Little did he know it was actually my birthday and Mary, the 2 year old Eurasian Eagle Owl made my day!

 

 


Get the Recipe: Tagliolini al Tartufo

6 Comments

edith Strommen
edith Strommen

November 29, 2012

Great story Val, you have to all put these litte stories in a book xx
Edith

Valentina
Valentina

November 29, 2012

Only if I have you selling it!

Camilla Sanderson
Camilla Sanderson

November 28, 2012

Gorgeous writing Val. I want more!

Valentina
Valentina

November 28, 2012

Thanks Camilla!

Valentina
Valentina

November 28, 2012

No one puts Mary in an oven!

Mim
Mim

November 28, 2012

How did you cook the owl?

Leave a Reply

Comments have to be approved before showing up.