They are a favourite, and a very rich one, so I don't eat them very often. But one of the best things about them, apart from the first eating, when they are tender and rich with red wine and bayleaves (I forgot the juniper berries this time), is Night #2: shortrib risotto. Sometime in the last few years in this tiny apartment, I found myself with leftover shortribs and the idea of a risotto was born. Now it is standard fare and I always braise more than I need...
Mise en place, kind of: red wine, of a sturdy but fruity nature. This unfancy Swartland Shiraz was too young , but quite drinkable.
Long ago I decided that carrots were important for the risotto - they add a necessary sweetness. And I started off with finely chopped onion. Below are the onion and carrot, one whole clove of garlic, and some thyme from the terrace, to which was added a very small cup of Arborio rice, all stirred to coat with the small slosh of olive oil.
It all takes about 20 minutes.