Home Alone

Eggs With Truffle Oil and Other Yummy Bits

It was my daughter’s last day of formal classes of high school yesterday and today they celebrated ‘muck up’ day. This is where they go to school in fancy dress and celebrate by throwing water bombs and flour at each other (eggs are now banned because they smell after a while). The school put on a bit of a carnival themed celebration for them. They had a bucking bronco, bouncy castle, photo booth and lots of carnival style food.

So, my baby has grown up!

13 years of school have flown by as I can clearly recall taking her to her first day of primary school and her first day of high school. Next Thursday her final exams begin – 5 exams over the next couple of weeks and it will all be over. It’s been a tough year. She’s learned a lot and we’ve had a few tears stemming from the pressure of this final year. But today, it was all about celebrating and the school recognising how wonderful this group of kids have been throughout the year.

So, she’s out at her best friend’s place tonight celebrating with the girls…no doubt as they are now all 18 years old, there may be some alcohol involved. Having said that, my daughter has not taken after me in the alcohol department. One glass of something that resembles and tastes like lolly water is enough for her and she tells me she likes Cider – go figure – No Vodka?

My man is on a ‘man date’ watching some manly film with his best mate, so I’m home alone for a few hours. I seriously can’t remember the last time I came home from work to an empty house – and by empty I mean it’s only me, the dog and the cat. Luckily as soon as they are fed they settle down for a very long sleep and there’s total silence.

My friend took a bunch of kids on an excursion today to ‘The Victoria Market’ and she was so kind as to bring back for the rest of us in our office some d’Affinois cheese (we call it Shar Pei cheese as the white rind is so wrinkly – like my dog which happens to be a Shar Pei). I love this cheese. It is so creamy but very high in fat which is probably why I like it.

Being on my own meant that dinner was all about me and I wanted, as Nigella says, “Minimal effort for maximum pleasure.”

This was the total opposite to last night’s post of exploding parsley for the white bait. Tonight everything was done quietly and gently with a dreamy look in my eye and I loved it!

Eggs with truffle oil, some creamy, dreamy d’Affinois, caramalised onion jam, slices of home made fennel salami and a glass of chilled white wine.

Now to chill out on the couch before the man gets home.

Cheers to great tasting simple food and wonderful wine!


Truffle! Truffle! Truffle!

Truffle Oil Linguine

My day trip to the wineries not only saw me come home with some great wine, it also provided me with the opportunity to indulge myself in some other amazing food stuff…the nicest goats cheese I’ve ever tasted as well as a jar of chiili for cheese thingy and some very expensive but amazing truffle oil.

I was in food heaven on Wednesday but came crashing back down to hellish Earth bound reality today when I saw my bank balance! OMG! I’m now broke (thank you truffle oil!) and have to wait another week and a half til pay day…oh well at least there’s lots of goodness and love in my pantry!

My handsome man says I have ‘issues’ when it comes to the rapture I feel for food and great produce…seriously if he lived on his own he would probably buy plain label everything from the stupidmarket  because “It’s all the same isn’t it?”

Well, it isn’t all the same at all actually! As he has slowly but surely learned as I do not hear him complain when I serve up food he has sworn he would never eat because “Ive had that before and it was awful!”…Well, he hasn’t had it the way I make it – the Helen way! It’s been a great experience for me to know that I have opened up his world when it comes to food…and while we are on the subject of having ‘issues,’ this is a man who has converted our 3rd bedroom into a dvd store. He owns more than 12,000 dvd’s and a few hundred blu rays (yes, you read that right) and buys collectable figurines, mainly of the horror genre…talk about issues.

It would not be an unusual thing for us to sit on the couch, each on our own laptops for hours, not saying a word, him looking up movies to add to this months order and me looking up food things I can buy on line, or recipes, or my other love…shoes! A match made in addiction heaven!

Well, this post was supposed to be about the truffle oil linguine I made for dinner tonight. It doesn’t look like much but it tasted incredible and really, there are no words, just Homer Simpson like drool… 🙂


  • linguine
  • Salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Few drops white truffle oil, or to taste
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • reserve some of the pasta water (about 1/4 cup)


Make your linguine ( I don’t think I need to give you instructions for this).

In a bowl whisk the egg, cream, Parmesan, a few drops of truffle oil and white pepper.

Put the drained pasta back into the pan you cooked it in, then add the butter and about 1 tablespoonful of the cooking water. Stir to mix.

Stir in the egg mixture and keep mixing so that the pasta becomes smooth, soft and lightly coated. Taste to see if it needs any salt or any more truffle oil and add accordingly.