filed29 Jul 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
On the 28th July in 2003 the first ever (well, the first documented one) truffle was found in Western Australia’s Manjimup. Ten years on, the Wine and Truffle Co. is so successful they now export to the US, Germany and France.
I went on a truffle hunt last week and I can still smell that earthy aroma. And as you can see below hunting for truffles is a very simple process…once you’ve selected the right plot of land, inoculated the trees, trained the dogs and waited several years to break even. No wonder they are so expensive!
Meet Raisin, the truffle dog
She’s on the scent
Digging for black gold
Ooooh, that earthy aroma!
Raisin certainly deserves a tummy rub for her hard work
Time to leave the gorgeous forest of Oak Trees
And enjoy our spoils. The simpler the ingredients, the better the truffle is savoured
We found 1295 grams in just half an hour and at $2.50 per gram that’s over $3,000 dollars worth.
For more gourmet delights in the region check out The Great Southern Gourmet Hunt
filed23 Mar 2011 fromCarmen Jenner
WELCOME to The Not So Amazing Race. The first part of the Joneses’ challenge is to gain access to an apartment for their stay in Paris. The Jones family comprises of husband and wife, Jason and Simone, and three-year-old Jessica.*
None of the Jones family will speak French on this leg of the race. The final challenge is teamwork. Will Jason and Simone make it to the end as a married couple? Their prize is a month’s use of …
filed10 Mar 2011 fromCarmen Jenner
THERE are few places as lively, vibrant and stimulating as Paris. I’m not entirely referring to the city either as my daughter is named after the City of Light. It seems fitting that the two should meet. But if you shudder at the thought of dragging young children around vast museums, consider these tips on how to toddle around the French capital.
1. Cafe culture: Sip hot chocolate together as you watch people and dogs. Discuss, write, draw and photograph …
filed08 Nov 2010 fromCarmen Jenner
The harpist serenades us as lady-boys shoo away flies with white cloths, or are they merely surrendering to the scorching heat? Celebrating our daughter’s sixth birthday, we’re having lunch at No Problem Restaurant in a wooden structure suspended on stilts over a mangrove on Mactan Island, one of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines.
We’re sampling the traditional dish of Sutukil, a term derived from three words Sugba (SU), Tuwa (TU), Kilaw (KIL) meaning to broil, …
filed28 Oct 2010 fromCarmen Jenner
If you’re moo-ving around the Margaret River region three hours south of Perth, you may notice some life-size cow sculptures left-over from the CowParade Margaret River, an international event held in over 50 cities. The competition saw local artists hussling up the bovine creatures in all kinds of attire and positions. It seems only appropriate to start your cow hunt in the charming dairy town of Cowaramup, situated on the Bussell Highway and just 10 minutes north of …
filed28 Oct 2009 fromCarmen Jenner
The unthinkable has happened. Like a down-trodden wife, my beloved suitcase, has reluctantly been disgarded for a newer, shinier model.
Clad in navy blue, she was the ideal size for a quick getaway or an extended trip, and very popular among family and friends. I didn’t mind, as I saw this as an opportunity for my suitcase to getaway, even when I didn’t have the chance to myself. Although well-travelled, she didn’t look too shabby considering her lifestyle.
My old …
filed13 Oct 2009 fromCarmen Jenner
My mother used to have a sticker on her car that read, “Live long enough to be a burden to your children.” By the age of 31, she had six daughters giving herself plenty of time to fulfil this quest. Twenty three years later my parents departed from the Perth International Airport for the very first time. It was obvious they were virgin jet-setters because they didn’t turn and wave as they sailed down the hall to immigration. Everyone knows …
filed20 Sep 2009 fromCarmen Jenner
THIS PARISIAN LIFE – PART I
“One is not born a woman; rather one becomes a woman.” – Simone De Beauvoir
The French model wears a petticoat crafted from balloons. The model behind her flaps wings styled like a bird of paradise. Men sit rigid in their seats during this Parisian couture fashion parade, admiring these heavenly beauties.
Cameras flash, flattering some of the models and insulting others, who sneer at the audience. We are engulfed in wall-to-wall …