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The Smell Alone will have you Hooked!

The sound and smell of sizzling food is one that that gains an audience in every restaurant.  Having first come across cooking on hot stones many years ago in Switzerland I was pleased to stumble across Black Rock Grill Limited.  This family run business was initially set up in 2004 and their passion and dedication soon ensured that they became the leading supplier of cooking stone products to the professional food service industry.  With a range of great quality stone ware items foodies will find everything they need to create a fun centre piece and talking point for dinner parties and romantic meals in.  Whether you are serving hot food or cold the lava rock is very versatile.  Simply chill in the fridge to serve sushi or antipasti or heat it up and let you guests do the cooking.

  The simplicity and healthy side alone should entice and the best part is you don’t have to have any cooking talent at all to create dishes that will have your family and friends begging you for more!

I was fortunate enough to have a sharing stone set sent to me to review.  I was impressed at the simple yet effective design.  How good does this look!

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The solid, stylish frame allows the stone to be taken to the table safely and is very easy to clean, simply give it a wipe.  The stainless steel underplate is not only durable but again also easy to clean.  This is a great quality product designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.  The stone is solid and can be placed onto and taken out of the underplate easily.

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I decided to get creative in the kitchen in preparation for using the stone and whipped up two very easy recipes that you simply must try.

Sweet and Spicy Beef

Ingredients

200g Fillet Steak

2tbs Tamari

0.5tsp Chilli Flakes

2tbs Mirin

0.5tsp garlic granules

2tsp Sweet Freedom

Method

Combine all the dry ingredients.  Slice the beef into slices that are approximately 0.5cm thick and add these to the dry mix.  Add the Sweet Freedom and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

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Fajita Style Beef

Ingredients

200g  Fillet Steak

1tsp Hot chilli powder

1tsp freshly ground sea salt

1.5tsp Paprika

1.5tsp Garlic granules

1tsp Cumin

1.5tsp Sweet Freedom

Method

Combine all the dry ingredients.  Slice the beef into slices that are approximately 0.5cm thick and add these to the dry mix.  Add the Sweet Freedom and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

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In addition there was also 250g Fillet steak that was to be cooked plain and some vegetables to cook on the stone.

250g White mushrooms

150g Mangetout

1.5 Red pepper sliced

1 White onion sliced

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I made a sauce and also put some Dijon in a small serving bowl to be used for dipping.

Wasabi Mayonnaise

1.5tbsp Mayonnaise

1tsp Wasabi paste

0.5tsp Chopped coriander

Once the stone had been preheated it was put on the base and brought out to the dining table.  A selection of the veg and beef were placed onto the stone for cooking.

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From the minute the steak touched the stone it began to sizzle and it and the vegetables smelt amazing.  The aroma kick started our taste buds into eager anticipation of what was to come.  I’m not sure what is it about this food that gets us excited, does it awakened in us some kind of primal instinct because I for one become like a woman possessed, or, it could be the foodie in me trying to come out (I have had one for lunch that day).  Cannibalistic jokes aside, whether it is veg, meat or fruit that is sizzling on a hot stone it seems to breathe life into a dish.

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The beauty of this form of cooking is that it can be very healthy as you decide whether to use oil whether to season with salt etc.  The length of time the meat cooks for is totally up to the individual and the three of us wanted out meat cooked to different levels so we were all in charge of our own cooking.

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You can see the smoke rising from the stone and the smell really is amazing especially with the marinades that I used.  The flavour of the plain beef and texture was great and that of the two marinated types of beef was so good I wish I had made more.  The stone cooked everything to perfection and all we had to do was take the food when it was cooked to the level we wanted.

There are so many cooking combinations that you can experiment with when using the stone.  You can cook a mix of meats or fish and the handy burners that you can light below the stone ensure it will stay hot for as long as you need it.  I’m looking forward to getting creative with chicken and maybe even some prawns soon on my Black Rock!

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Well thanks very much you’ve made me hungry!! Seriously it looks like a fantastic piece of equipment and fun to use. The recipes have set my taste buds tingling. Thank you

    1. I was really pleased with the outcome of these recipes and the stone seems to help make even plain food taste wonderful.

  2. It sounds fantastic even hubby liked the recipes

    1. That’s great Veronica, he might like one of these for Father’s day so he can give it a go as well.

  3. I love cooking and finding new ways to do so. This looks great and a fun way to get everyone involved too. x

    1. It really is a conversation starter, my friends are looking forward to their next meal using this.

  4. That looks like a fun way to cook steak and the outcome looks quite delicious

    1. It really is and there are so many things that you can cook on the stone that I find meals on it rather exciting!

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