She could tell you about the beautiful carmelization of the meat as it was cooked in the renderings of the now crispy bacon.
She could tell you how beautifully the onions and shallots sizzled in the pan - picking up beautiful color as they cooked down to buttery goodness. And how the cognac sizzled as it deglazed all the yummy bits from the bottom of the pot.
She could tell you how the carrots and parsnips picked up color and flavor from the aromatics that went before them.
She could embellish on the addition of the bouquet garni and the reintroduction of the lovely caramelized beef to the pot.
She could also speak to how bottle of Shiraz that was slowly poured in.
[Halt! I must take a little detour for a rant. When I went to the store to pick up a bottle of red for this, I asked the proprietor if he had any Syrah in stock. He didn't know what a Syrah was... UGH. Even I knew that and I am the most unschooled, least likely wine connesieur there is. So, I took the Shiraz - because it was a fruity red and I knew it would be a good stand in. But come on, people. If you run a store like that, know your products.... Ok. Rant over.]
She would also speak of how relativley non-complex this dish was to prepare - even though it did have several layers of preparation. She would also express how grateful she was that once the initial prep work was done, this dish really required very little intervention. Which was wonderful, because this girl popped her bread into the oven when she started prepping and as the crusty loaves exited, popped the daube into the oven. Left instructions with the "downstairs help" on when to stir. Set the timer and climbed into her bed and pulled the covers as high as they would go.
And since you all are very, very, very lucky, this girl will not elaborate on WHY she never got to "go to" the "My Go-To Beef Daube", but she will instead focus on the gratification of those who did get to "go-to" and relay their appreciation for this particular dish.
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