Slow-Cooker Sheperd’s Pie {The Theory of Everything}

{The Theory of Everything} 

“The Theory of Everything” is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with when studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. This biopic works to tell the story of Stephen Hawking outside of the scientific realm, and it is done so with grace.

The strengths of this film rely solely on Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking) and Felicity Jones (Jane Wilde). These two actors are truly phenomenal in these two roles. Stephen Hawking is the role that Redmayne was born to play. Eddie Redmayne met with Stephen Hawking only once before filming. “In the three hours I spent with him, he said maybe eight sentences,” recalls Redmayne. “I just didn’t feel like I could ask him intimate things.” Therefore, he found other ways to prepare for the role. He lost about 15 pounds and trained for four months with a dancer to learn how to control his body. He met with 40 ALS patients, kept a chart tracking the order in which Hawking’s muscles declined, and stood in front of a mirror for hours on end, contorting his face.

It is difficult enough to mimic a person as famous as Stephen Hawking, let alone  to portray the crippling and gradually increasing effects of Motor Neuron Disease. But Redmayne did so in a way that so clearly showed the profound emotions and inner suffering that Hawking must have experienced in his agonizing journey. Honestly, there were times where it moved me to tears. It is truly one of the most beautiful films of the season.

“The Theory of Everything” is nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Redmayne won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for this performance, and I truly believe he deserves the Oscar as well. This film has the potential to move your spirit in so many ways, I highly recommend it.

{Slow Cooker Shepherds Pie}
Serves 6

One of my favorite things about this film was the locations: From the streets of London to Cambridge, as someone who has been dying to go back to London ever since I went once as a little kid, getting pulled into that culture through this film’s beautiful cinematography was an amazing experience. So when I began brainstorming a recipe to fair with this film, I didn’t have to think very hard. I stumbled upon an article called “Why there’s no better British dish than a Sheperd’s Pie,” and the author couldn’t have put it any better. He said, “A well-made shepherd’s pie is a thing of true beauty, comfort food to be shovelled in with a spoon.”

Say no more, take me I’m yours.

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs ground turkey or beef (I used turkey just to do something different)
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 packet brown gravy
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 large potatoes
  • Milk
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (any kind)

Instructions:

  • Start cooking your potatoes. I chopped mine up and threw them into a pot while I prepared everything else.
  • Brown meat slightly and add to pot.
  • Mix the gravy according to packet instructions.
  • Mix in vegetables and the brown gravy.
  • Make mashed potatoes with potatoes, milk and butter and add to the top of the meat mix. Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the top.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours.
  • 15 minutes before serving add the cheese and cook for the remainder.

This dish fulfills every comfort food craving in your body, and is easy to make and for not that much money. I’d consider that to be quiet a win. Speaking of, be sure to check out “The Theory of Everything” and cheer on Eddie Redmayne at this year’s Academy Awards. Happy eating everyone!

2 thoughts on “Slow-Cooker Sheperd’s Pie {The Theory of Everything}

  1. And realize when you make this recipe, you can pretty much use what ever you want. I just started using sweet potatoes instead of white and love it!. You can use ground lamb instead of turkey! The combos are endless. Great recipe and I am a total follower/user of the crock pot. The crock pot is my friend:)

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