For me, this is soul food. It never ceases to amaze me that with a simple formula of “heat + time” an underwhelming combination of cheap beef cuts, vegetables and mediocre wine can transform into a beautiful dish of succulent meat enrobed in a this-is-guaranteed-to-put-hairs-on-your-chest type gravy.
If you don’t have a crock pot and you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I recommend you invest in one before winter rears its ugly head. I love that during the long, slow cooking time, a rich aroma fills the house and radiating heat fogs up the kitchen windows. It’s so exciting taking the lid off the pot hours later to unveil a “stars in your eyes” transformation.
I plan to make more of this kind of soul-warming fodder through the autumn and winter months and come spring I plan to emerge from hibernation a glorified Jedi crock pot master!