It's just terrific when I'm reading along, minding my own (or actually the character's) business and they hit you with food that absolutely needs to be tried. Now! So, it was whilst reading one of my favorite authors' cozy mysteries, Death at the Door, by Carolyn Hart, that I came upon this:
She opened the door and was greeted by a delectable scent. She paused. "Mmm, something smells wonderful."
You see what I mean. That cries out to be made. And, so I did. Unfortunately, my husband has messed up sinuses, so never walks in and says "Mmm, something smells wonderful." Sigh. But, at least I get to savor it the whole time it's cooking. In this case, four hours."Flank steak simmering with onion and bay leaf, soon to be Cuban shredded beef seasoned with sauterne and Burgundy." Max emptied the contents of a bowl into the skillet...
Annie, the heroine, and owner of a mystery book store, is often involved in helping to solve crimes on the island, off the South Carolina coast where she lives with her husband Max (also a good cook). I love that they are happily married, besides being fully developed and interesting characters. So many literary detectives and amateur crime solvers are riddled with angst, messed up and otherwise generally not fun to be around.
Anyway, off I went to procure the necessary ingredients, after searching Google for a righteous sounding recipe. Which I adapted slightly. You might think, 4 hours, oh boy, that's a lot of cooking. But, the nice thing is, you can put it in a slow cooker or skillet on very low, early in the day, and forget about cooking dinner. It's in the pot.