Scrambled Eggs with Desert Truffles

I remember one time walking out of Hamra street, a once vibrant street in Beirut, during the last days of winter and seeing a vendor with styrofoam boxes overflowing with lump-like things held together with clear tape.
The first time I saw these sandy-stone-like produce I thought they were the world prized truffles with the amazing flavor and the unique aroma. I made risotto and shaved* some of those on top. I even buried one in a jar of short grain rice to fragrance it for risotto.

*shaved, more like crumbled it on the box grater’s slicer side only to get grains of sand later with every bite because I didn’t clean them well

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Only later did I learn that these truffles are not the same thing.
These beautiful spores are called Desert Truffles. They are harvested not using dogs or pigs like western truffles but by roaming the desert landscapes (not desert dunes, but bare lands with rare vegetation) looking for bumps and cracks in the land. They dig their hands down and pull out the sand hoping there’s a something worthy in there.

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Grown-up Bourbon Easter Egg Cookie Truffles

Last year, I shared a couple of traditional recipes we make at our family. This year, I decided to experiment with recipes that are new and different. It might look like a children dessert, but it is more fun. And I’m not talking about the confetti decoration on top. It has liquor.

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I have been sick ever since the weekend, but I have these recipes to share before the time is due. They are easy and the ingredients are feasible. You have no excuse. They’re fun, delicious, and they have booze! GO AND MAKE THEM! Continue reading