Proper Winter food – Beef stew and Dumplings πŸ˜

I love Sunday’s… a lazy start, in bed with Hubby, Andrew Marr (a Sunday morning political show) and a cup of coffee πŸ€—

A light brunch, scrambled eggs on toast, then prepare dinner, whilst hubby chops wood and gets the wood burner on.

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I peel and dice carrots, onions, parnips, Swede from an Aldi stew pack along with a couple of cloves of garlic.

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I brown off a 700g pack of Aldi diced beef, then add the onion and garlic, then thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, a sprinkle of plain flour, 2 crumbled oxo cubes, a good shake of Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

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Add the diced Veg, a half bottle of red wine, and the same volume of water, a big splodge of tomato purΓ©e, a good stir, then lid on and into the oven at 150 for 3 hours or so.

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Make the dough for the dumplings about a half hour before then end of cooking time, I add a cup of suet to 2 cups of self raising flour, salt and pepper and a dribble of iced water, till it binds.

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Take out the stew, a good stir, check for flavour, add what you think is needed, drop tablespoons full of the dumpling mixture onto the stew, then back into the oven, lid off for 20/30 minutes till the dumplings are brown and crunchy on top, and soft and fluffy underneath.

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Serve in a big bowl, dumplings on top with a large glass of red wine to drink with it, plenty left over for another day to serve with fresh homemade bread – 2 meals for the time of one – bonus….

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Whilst this was cooking, I made sweet potato and coconut soup for work lunches in the Thermomix, a peeled and chopped onion, clove of garlic, a large sweet potato, a can of coconut milk and the same volume of veg stock, cook at heat 100 for 20 minutes, speed 2, then wizz at speed 10 for a few seconds, taste season if needed and pour into microwave soup mugs – job done πŸ˜‡

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With some homemade Seed crackers to dunk in it 150g plain flour, 75g mixed seeds, salt, pepper 25ml olive oil and 175ml boiling water, mix together and roll out very thin between 2 sheets of baking paper and cook for an hour and a half in the oven at 150. Break up into pieces and store in an airtight container. These are really good and perfect to dip into soup πŸ˜‡

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Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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