T is for... Wait and See!

A to Z Challenge

I DON'T want to give away the punchline of this (true) story so you will have to wait for the end to see what T stands for.

My niece works as a housekeeper for an elderly, wealthy woman in Austria who lives in a big house. With the European refugee crisis going on she kindly took in a Syrian family. They are a very nice family and all was well.

However, a few days after they arrived my niece noticed something in the fridge that was smelling very bad. When no one removed this bag of something unidentifiable (to her), she thought it was an item of food the guests had forgotten was there.

A few days went on and when it was time to deep clean the fridge, my niece threw out the bag.

In the evening the house owner asked her what had happened to the truffles in the fridge. The penny dropped - that bag of smelly stuff had been very expensive truffles. House owner was exceedingly cross as they had cost her nearly 250 Euros (£200, $288).

My niece said her employer didn't speak to her for four days!

So T is for Truffles: The Great Truffle Kerfuffle of 2016..

  • People react to truffles in absolutely different ways. And scientists are getting close to the solution of the mystery of why it happens. Almost 25% of the population don't experience the smell of androstenone - the chemical that contributes to the truffle musk aroma (and drives female pigs sexually ecstatic). Another 40% of people are extremely sensitive to androstenone: they say it smells like rotten wood or sweat. The rest of the population likes its scent. (From Fine Foods Delicatessen).

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  1. I bet I would have thrown it out too. I am glad your niece didn't get fired.

  2. The poor dear! I feel for her. What a literally rotten, stinky situation.
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  3. I absolutely LOVE the taste of truffles--I cannot afford them but, oh, they are divine!!!

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    1. Truffles have never appealed to me. I have tasted them many times and couldn't taste anything much at all.

  4. Well, now I want to go smell a truffle. I hope the supermarket doesn't get all ticked off.
    I also hope I don't meet any horny pigs.

  5. Well, now I want to go smell a truffle. I hope the supermarket doesn't get all ticked off.
    I also hope I don't meet any horny pigs.

  6. I like this post for two reasons. 1. Making me wait to see what T was for, and 2. The information on truffles which I know nothing about. A very neat little tale with an informative appendix. I want to go out and buy a truffle now, is I an see how I react to it.