One of our favorite things to eat these days is bottarga. It's being called the new caviar. Bottarga can be tuna or mullet eggs. We indulge with "pasta con bottarga" -- we heat up some olive oil and garlic then mix in the pasta...when plated, we shave or grate the bottarga on top. It's a beautiful thing!
Our friends at Gustiamo.com want to make it as easy as possible for you to have bottarga and to be able to make this special dish. They have created a gift basket called "Bottarga" in a box- The new caviar! - and it sells for $100. If you tell them that you are friends of Tour de Forks, you'll receive a 5% discount. The "bottarga" in this gift basket is mullet roe dried in the Sardinian sun, an ultimate indulgence. The gift basket includes a box of single cultivar Taganrog spaghetti by Latini, a stellar bottle of pure extra virgin olive oil from Sicily and a special recipe from Gustiamo's chef. Everything is carefully packaged inside an Outer Borough Chic crate, recycled straight from the lively Bronx produce markets. See this gift basket and many others at www.gustiamo.com.
Bottarga can also be eaten very simply with bread, after being sliced in thin shreds and softened in olive oil for at least half an hour. Try it on omelets, rice, and mashed potatoes.
If you have some over the weekend at a restaurant or at home, let us know.