It's Truffle time!
One of the joys of living in south west France is the glorious black truffle.
The finest black truffles in the world come from the Périgord.
The season is in full swing here, with small markets popping up in car parks where the truffle hunters lay out their swag in baskets.
A small truffle will currently set you back €40 or €50 but that will be enough for several divine omelettes (store the truffle in a box with your eggs and they’ll acquire the earthy, woodland scent) or roast chickens (slip the thinnest possible slices under the skin before cooking). Shave them over a salad of soft leaves, walnuts and cabecou (the flat round goat cheese, also from the Périgord), or softly scrambled eggs. Heaven!
If you’re lucky, your new home in France will come with truffles - or at least an interesting selection of mushrooms growing in the garden.