The mountain tops all around us are white; the ground is frozen solid and sparkles in the sunshine; but no snow has fallen here yet (much to Max’s chagrin). Having grown up in Saskatchewan, land of snow, I breath a sigh of relief. Rain is infinitely easier than the white stuff.
In the kitchen, cooking has naturally gravitated towards large pots of long-simmered meat and vegatables. Hearty fare for cold winter nights. Red wine is a given. Candles get lit at dusk. We talk (and talk), and laugh, and are cozy.
On a recent trip to the big city, I picked up the ultimate braising pot: a Staub Limited Edition Paul Bocuse La Cocotte (4.5-Qt.). It is a matte black beauty with the famous chef’s signature on the side. I had been eyeing this for months, so when Cook Culture announced a sale on Staub, with one well-timed phone call, I was able to snag the last one available for miles around. Currently sold out at Amazon.ca and at this writing, only two left on Amazon.com (here) they are clearly a highly desirable item.
Here are the specs:
- Tight fitting flat lid features self-basting spikes for continuous, even distribution of juices throughout cooking, so food is moist and flavourful.
- Interior black matte enamel finish produces a natural non stick surface that is more resistant to scratches and chips. It won’t discolor or rust and never needs seasoning.
- Brass or Nickel plated knobs that are heat resistant up to 500ºF
- Smooth bottom is suitable for use on any cooking surface, including induction.
- Made in France and developed in conjunction with France’s most celebrated, world renowned chef Paul Bocuse.
The inaugural braise in the Staub was a beef cross-rib roast. Made in the usual way with carrots, celery, broth et al….let me just say, the usual chitter chatter around the table ceased as everyone ooohed and ahhhed over their plates. From oven to table, the Staub cocette not only keeps foods piping hot, it also makes a beautiful presentation for everything from casual family meals to more elegant affairs.
All in all, a keeper.