Truffle trail with a city Vue

The hunt for truffles is as rewarding and earthy as the taste. And Vue de Monde's Shannon Bennett knows exactly where to look and how to cook the elusive delicacy.

Wearing gum boots (a last minute not very stylish purchase late last night!) we set out with Spice, Ziva a truffle dog in training and Spice’s offspring Trixie to hunt for truffles. She darts off and before long, she has located a truffle. Each tree has a brulee (meaning burnt) area which is a ring around it where grass no longer grows and this is where the truffles can be found.

Shannon lays a cushion down and bends down to sniff the ground. The scent is good. A dog may lead you to a truffle but you still have to sniff the ground to see whether it is ripe enough or not. Spice is about one season away from being able to detect perfectly ripe truffles. The season is short lasting just a couple of months but she is also trained off season to be able to detect them.

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