Apologies in advance, however. I made this on October 20 and I completely forgot to take pictures as I was doing prep. I was smart, however, and chopped all of the vegetables in advance: potatoes, carrots, onion, and celery. This recipe is super easy. You just throw everything in the crock pot, that is, the brisket cut in half, the vegetables mentioned above, sliced mushrooms, crushed garlic, and seasonings. In terms of seasonings, this recipe calls for beef bouillon, black peppercorns, and bay leaves. We didn't have any whole peppercorns, so instead I substituted an equal amount of ground pepper. Finally, you cover the entire thing in water and cook it on low for 6-8 hours.
This is what it looks like when done cooking.
The last step is to season the brisket with salt and pepper, and cut it. The image on the left is of what the food actually looked like when I served it.
So, unfortunately, I cannot evaluate this meal in terms of calories or cost. It was an okay meal, but really it was just that: okay. The meat was kind of bland. The vegetables absorbed much more of the seasoning so I liked them more, but when it came down to leftovers, I wasn't as thrilled by them. Ultimately, I had it a few more times, but then kept making something else for dinner because I didn't want to eat the leftovers... until the food ultimately went bad and I threw it out.
I wrote in my cookbook that it was "bland and boring when first served, but horrible as leftovers" and noted "don't make again."