Photo by Miles B. Miller – 2013
All Other Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013
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My most recent travels put me in Oxford, Mississippi for four days at the amazing Oxford Film Festival
where my new short (Grasshopper!) was screening along with my pal Richard Speight, Jr’s short (America 101) – which had it’s world premiere. I was entertained watching him get stopped like a rock star everywhere he went by avid Supernatural fans.
Bizarre hotel lobby taxidermy:
And good eats in cutie downtown Oxford:
From there, my boyfriend, Miles, and I headed to Memphis for an anniversary of sorts that we called our “Memphersary.”
Two days there eating great food at Flight
and we tried grilled oysters at Bleu:
We got caught in the rain on Beale Street:
Some vegetarian soul food sides at Rum Boogie Cafe (and a super intimidating-looking Miles):
We spent lots of time at the duck-obsessed Peabody & enjoyed looking at the Memphis Pusiness Journal sign from the roof.
And Miles ate lots of meat at The King’s Palace on Beale:
Then we took the Greyhound to Little Rock:
Classy & handy syringe disposal:
Too much to tell about Little Rock except that by the time I got there, I was craving something not fried & I was dying to cook something. These two desires were satisfied separately. Miles bought me a decadent lunch at Ashley’s in the Capital Hotel.
We shared an amazing shrimp & grits which was so good, I pretended not to see the ham floating in there & just avoided it:
I had a squash risotto:
And look at this ridiculous steak & potato tower Miles got!!!
The crazy thing was that these entrees cost an average of about $17 each but the cheapest wine was $14 a glass. Yikes!
In return, I went to the only grocery store near his condo and bought the ingredients to make him a beef stew.
The grocery is an upscale, little mini-market attached to Dugan’s, the Irish pub on the ground floor of Miles’ condo building. We spend a LOT of time at Dugan’s. Anyway, when I say I bought the ingredients – I mean I had to buy everything. Here is the inside of Miles’ fridge & freezer:
NOTHING. Nothing except beer, wine, club soda, tonic water & some film.
Here is the little market (shots taken by Miles):
Dugan’s little store is really a miraculous wonderland. Everything I could think of – they seemed to have. Not a selection of everything but a little bit of everything from laundry soap to fresh, raw salmon to fancy cheeses to cereals & canned goods. They make sandwiches & soups & have wicked looking pastries, inexpensive wines & honestly, just about everything else I could think of – albeit in small quantities.
By comparison, Miles is FAR less stocked – as he owns ONE pan with a lid & a slow cooker that gave him that he has never used.
Oh – and he has salt & pepper & a bag of Asian condiments (soy seen below) from a restaurant from which he gets delivery. And he has ONLY one knife – a steak knife.
I spent $45 in the store on a rib-eye, some potatoes & carrots & garlic & rice & a few condiment items, a can of tomatoes, a large container of rice and some olive oil.
Here is the kitchen:
Here is the view from the kitchen:
Here are the ingredients:
And here is what I did:
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Meat (a chuck larger than my hand & fingers) – cubed
4 garlic cloves – diced
2 TBS olive oil
1 red onion – diced
1 carrot – cubed
1 potato – cubed
1 14.5 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
1/2 cup red wine
1 TBS A-1 Steak Sauce
Crystal Hot Sauce (to taste)
Soy sauce and/or salt & pepper to taste
(You could add peas or any other veggies you care to, as well, or maybe some barley.)
Heat the olive oil & saute the garlic & onion until translucent. Add the cubed meat & cook nearly through. Add red wine & cook over high heat a minute or two.
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker & cook on high for 4 hours or on low for eight. I stirred mine around occasionally and added a packet of soy sauce – mostly because it was the only other ingredient handy with which to get crazy. Not a single spice (other than S&P) was added to this dish.
Unfortunately – I divvied this all up & froze it for Miles to have in my absence & completely forgot to photograph the results. I was also unable to taste it. What I can say is – it friggin’ SMELLED awesome while it cooked!
A few nights ago, Miles defrosted it all & shared it to his friend & his brother. He declared it a success & sent me the two photos I have posted here. He is a fussy eater so if he says it was good – I’m gonna believe him!
In closing – here is Miles & his brother Josh & their uncle, Watson. Little Rock is very photogenic!
Bloody Brain Shooters are not!
All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013