Monday, 26 June 2017

Macenmist Truffiere road signage

Macenmist road sign shhowing directions to truffiere
Road sign erected 2014
A few years ago after much toing and froing Council erected a road sign indicating the direction and existence of our truffle farm on Cappanana Road. This greatly assisted our visitors in finding the property.

It is now June 2017 and it appears that a road sign collector has taken a fancy to our blue sign as it is no longer on the post. In fact the bracket and the sign have both disappeared.

So yesterday I visited the Cooma Council office and spoke to a gentleman about the missing sign. He said he would pass the message on to the road division of the SnowyMonaro Council.

The next day I rang the Council office to make sure that they had the matter in hand and that the message was not just sitting on a desk in-tray. Reception transferred my call and the person on the end of the phone said that the message was received. I asked how long it would take to have the sign put back up only to find out that we are back to the toing and froing of 2014.

Our property sign went missing and there is only the road sign left
2017 road sign goes missing
We need to get a quote done first because they do not know how much it will cost, then we have to accept the quote, No doubt then we will need to wait for an account to be processed then the bill paid before the sign will be ordered let alone erected. Lets hope that it will be before the end of the truffle season in early September.
Oh yes .... it appears that the Council can use tamper-proof bolts so I asked them to do so. At which point I was informed that the result usually meant that the sign would be subjected to vandalism. Guess we just need to take the risk.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Westfield Truffle Market Day

Banner advertising truffle hunts at MacenmistToday was spent organising display material for the pop-up store in Belconnen on Saturday morning.
Recipe cards were printed, banners organised and truffle slicers boxed ready for sale, but most of all the truffle had to be found and prepared for sale on the day.
This month's festival market day is at Westfield Belconnen and next month if you missed the Belconnen event you will be able to enjoy another truffle market at Westfield Woden. At Woden if you are lucky you may be the winner of a Macenmist truffle hunt vouchers.
At 10am this year truffles supplied by Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines will be prepared by Chef  Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate. He will be cooking a soft polenta topped with microplaned truffle. Pialligo Estate Winery will also be featuring and pairing their wine with the dish.
Then  2 hours later enjoy some Macenmist truffle made into ice cream by Alaine Chanter from Foodish cooking school. The accompaning wine will be from Mount Majura.
The day was a wonderful success and many shoppers were able to take advantage of the pop-up truffle stall to purchase fresh truffle.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Chefs needing fresh truffle

Some of the first truffle ever harvested from the Macenmist truffiere
The morning started with a heavy frost and when I was brave enough to venture out to check the thermometer it read -5°C. So it was back inside, light the fire and have a warming cuppa. Truffle hunting will have to wait a few hours until it warms up.

Its just after midday and the sun is shining brightly with just the right amount of warmth. So today both dogs will be given a go at finding the black gold. I just have to make sure that they do not damage them with their claws. Their treats have thawed so its outside with the dogs and camera to see what we can find. Tawdiffu will be first (as she works at mach 10) next at a more sedate pace will be Fahren.
After about 90 minutes we head back to the shed with a bag loaded full of truffle. Thanks to both dogs we now have enough truffle for tomorrows deliveries.
All that remains to be done is the cleaning and packaging. Of yes, and of course the delivery.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Truffle is getting better and better

Making sure no contaminants are traipsed into the truffiere by disinfecting footwear

Just after 10am everyone walks down to  the entrance to Macenmist truffiere. We are about to hunt for black gold. Everyone is rugged up against the cold and as the mist surrounds us we all walk through a foot bath before following Tawdiffu into the plantation to find truffle.
The season is now well underway and the truffle is ripening as the soil surrounding the trees gets colder and colder with every frost. The cold temperatures are making the truffle smell better and everyone seems to enjoy the pungent aroma.
We have had a really good start to the truffle season and with each hunt more ripe truffle is being unearthed.
Tawdiffu still works on lead as she is young and very fast to find truffle. This means that potentially if she was off leash she could damage the truffle with her nails. She is very enthusiastic and tends to dig very fast and deep if left to her own devises. So by necessity we walk close to her.
Nature being fickle, we never know if anything will be ripe or if we will even find truffle on any given day. Let's hope that today is a good day.
Truffle dog "Tawdiffu" finds truffle
Yes we are lucky, truffle has been found and as a reward the dog is given an assortment of treats. These treats are sourced from frozen meat left-overs and could be any type of meat treat.
Needless to say the dog is happy to show us all where to find the truffle in order to obtain a tasty morsel.

Once the truffle is found and unearthed it is passed around for everyone to inspect and smell. Those venturing out on the truffle hunt also get to dig for truffle.
As time progresses we find more truffle under a number of trees, but the weather is still slightly chilly so after a good haul, the consensus of opinion meant that it was back to the warm truffle shed to clean what had been harvested.
Before cleaning, the truffle is weighed and then re-weighed again when clean to demonstrate just how much soil needs to be cleaned off them before they are ready for market.
Once the truffle is cleaned and cataloged it time to sit down at the table and enjoy a 3 course truffle luncheon.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Black Truffle record broken

As a belated mother's day present William decided to take his mother on a truffle hunt. Donna who will be staying with William for a few weeks is from the tropical Brisbane climate so was pleased to rug up before venturing out to find truffle with myself and our truffle dog Fahren.
Right on the mark Fahren indicated a find and being a gentleman William let his mothers excavate the truffle first.
Yes we found something Donna unearthed one truffle weighing 26grams.
After cataloging the tree number we asked Fahren to move on to find more truffle. It was now Williams turn to excavate.

No pressure !

The current record held by the Chefs from the Hyatt in Canberra was recorded in 2016 at 26 truffles from a single hole.

William being competitive embraced the task.
and  — YES —  the record was broken in fine style.

William now holds the record of 50 truffles from one hole. His truffle weighed in at 490 grams.
We will be displaying a photograph of William in our Truffle shed together with details of his haul.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Truffle Festival's Launch

Yesterday the Chef Minister of the ACT opened this years truffle festival. Although Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines started hunts on the June long weekend it is now official truffle time. The Mecure Hotel in Canberra used our truffle for the dishes that they served and at the Blessing of the Truffle Dogs the chef will also be using our truffle.  Yes we are blessed with early truffle. Its colder in this region than in the other growing districts of New South Wales so our season starts earlier and ends later. We also have hunts with truffle lunches and all day events planned for this year. So why not come and join us by booking on our website

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Truffle Dog returns to good health

At long last Fahren has had her stitches out and no longer needs to wear the "Elizabethan collar" she is one happy dog and is now able to enjoy her work finding truffle and of course being amply rewarded. Thank you to the vet and staff for all their effort