“If collected at late maturation stages, the truffles will likely carry eggs and larvae — adding proteins and aroma to the truffle.”
The article by Nicholas Wade in NYT really did have a load of “new discoveries … reveal(ing) more than you really wanted to know”. (My emphasis, TQVM!)
Just like the sushi-lover horror story floating in the internet gravepine which has since put me off the Japanese delicacy forever.
Anyway, I have never tasted the so-called fungi named truffle especially due to the Pacific Ocean-trench deepness of the pocket that partakes in its consumption would require.
It is one of those delicacies – foie gras being another example – which seemed far too bourgeoisie in palate to dream and/or salivate about.
Just last night I (re) read the delightful short story by (Sir) Jeffrey Archer on Bob and Fiona – the two main characters in “The Wisdom of Solomon”.
In an early description of the lady with 30 inches of legs and a diet perfected on lettuce leaves and water, Archer wrote:
“… she read the wine list from the bottom upwards, ordered caviar as a starter and asked, with a sweet smile, for her pasta to be covered in truffles.”
Truffles and caviar; seemed to go hand in hand the two.
Both non too subtle hints of the fine dining, jet setting. luxury-filled lifestyle of the rich, the famous and all their hangers-on.
I wonder if Fiona would still want truffles had she read the article before the “get-to-know-my-best-mate” dinner.
A twist perhaps - the kind you don’t however usually find in Archer’s tales - would be her asking to have the more exotic kinds instead.
Those preferring to be visually sated with this warped sense of the foodie macabre can tune in to Andrew Zimmern’s Bizzare Food on Astro’s Discovery Travel and Living for some good retching views.
Then again, who am I kidding? Just like vegetarians might eye meat eaters with disdain, some people do seem to see creepy crawlies perfectly suited as protein sources.
I digress. To each their own, eh?
Anyway, The Sun has been running a few articles about another set of new discoveries; the archaeological kind in Lembah Bujang.
The latest being a sun-dial like construction, aged around 1,900 years old. Add this to the jetties and iron smelting workshops found earlier at the same site.
Deciphering the historical context of these discovery would be wonderful to tell us more about how it was all those years ago.
Wonder whatever happened to that civilization? A local version of the fabled Atlantis, maybe?
Again, for the visually incline look forward to Sam Worthington’s “Clash of the Titans”.
It doesn’t feature Atlantis but it does have the CGI-steroid’up new Kraken wreaking havoc and tearing cities asunder.
Kraken Smash Puny Mortals!
The Old "Puny" Kraken