25 Aug 2016
September 4 is Father’s Day and if you’re still searching for the perfect gift, we’ve got your back.
The first Sunday in September is special – it’s a whole day dedicated to bestowing gifts and love on the incredible, dedicated fathers of the world.
So why, then, is shopping for these important men in our lives so agonising? Do you go with traditional socks and jocks (admittedly, these never go astray)? More aftershave? Or perhaps a Bunnings voucher because, you know, man stuff?
We’re suggesting none of the above. We all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so whether your dad is a foodie, or not, he’s sure to love the array of gastronomic and manly gifts on offer at The Black Truffle.
Here are our top five picks, perfect for dudes year-round.
1. Cookbooks from $40
This is the gift that just keeps on giving. For the competent male cooks (and we know there are MANY of you out there) our hand-picked range of cookbooks will inspire days of culinary greatness.
Pop instore and find Matt Stone’s The Natural Cook, Food and Beer by Ross Dobson, Milk Made by Nick Haddow, Cheese and Beer by Janice Fletcher, and The Truffle Cookbook by Rodney Dunn (all retailing from $40).
Our pick is The Complete Book of Pork Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making and Cooking by Philip Hashieder ($40). While the title leaves little to the imagination, this book is equal parts butchering guide (learn how to carve up beef, venison, pork, lamb, poultry and goat like a pro) and recipes. It offers age-old methods of curing meats including smoking and salting, and mouth-watering ways to make snags.
2. Bloody Mary Mix $18
Simply add Vodka to McClures Bloody Mary Mixer and you’ve got one of the manliest cocktails around. The mix is already spicy and acidic with a rich tomato flavour. Also in the McClures range are chunky sliced pickles marinated in either chilli or garlic and dill vinegar.
3. Noble Tonic Range $35
The only breakfast better than eggs on Father’s Day is pancakes topped with a mountain of crispy bacon then smothered in authentic Canadian maple syrup.
Made using maple syrup from Quebec, the Noble Tonic range is aged in charred barrels adding hints of bourbon and oak to the liquid.
Numbered from one through to five, the line includes two aged maple syrups and three vinegars, each packaged in a bold, masculine glass bottle with a white waxy seal.
4. Redgum Smoked Salt Flakes $19.95
If it was good enough for the Vikings, it’s good enough for us! Smoked salt has been a favourite Scandinavian seasoning for centuries and Redgum gives its gourmet flakes an Aussie twist by smoking them for 72 hours over native Eucalyptus. This imparts the unique characteristics of the wood into the salt giving it qualities that season steaks, lamb chops and other barbecue meats like no other.
5. Glasseye Creek Sauce Co’s Craft Brewed Sauce range
Hailing from New Zealand, this artisan range of condiments were created as an alternative to mass-produced flavoured sauces. Fresh, fruity and with a mild spicy bite, they elevate and enhance any barbecued meat – particularly game.