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Sunday, 8 November 2020

Beef Stew & Dumplings 07/11/20


  • 1 .75 lb stewing beef partially fat trimmed (Shoebridge butchers)
  • 300g closed cup chestnut mushrooms, chopped and fried
  • 1 large onion, chopped and fried
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 5 tsp Worcester sauce
  • 2 x low salt beef Oxo/pint boiling water

6 hours on low + 45 mins on high with dumplings, last 20 mins open then 6 mins under grill.


  • 240g pack of Atora veg suet
  • 515g SR flour
  • 6 tsp parsley
  • 15 tbps cold water

Freeze, separated on GP paper for at least 2 hours, can then be boxed up and frozen/used as required.


4 dumplings added - divided into 4 portions - around 500g per portion.

Dumplings very good. Just should have put more than one in each portion! Meat - ok, just one chewy bit but no better or worse than anything else tbh. Mushrooms - rather firm and chewy. Either didn't fry them for long enough or just a different brand - Sainsburys.

Reduce Worcester sauce a tad and perhaps reduce to 200g/250g mushrooms.

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