I know I have been meaning to do this for you all and it has taken me a while to finally make it; please excuse the fact that I don’t have a recipe I am just going via memory etc..  I wing everything i cook but that’s the fun of cooking you can make everything your own just by throwing things in. So here it is *drum roll*:

Brown the meat till it is all nicely browned, i use olive oil but if you want to indulge i would use bacon grease lol… harsh Irish answer eh??
add a bit of olive oil, brown onions and about five cloves of garlic (finely chopped), salt, pepper, oregano, 2tsp of soya sauce, pour in water till about two inches from the top of your pot and add in beef oxo (about 4-5 packages), three bay leaves.
It should look something like this, at this point taste it add things to taste, salt, pepper, etc and let boil.  Mix a little corn starch and water in a container shake till mixed, stir while adding to thicken it up.  Throw in nugget potatos, carrots, peas etc. Any veg is good enough.  I threw in a couple extra cloves of garlic minced which made it extra yum-O 
Now i’m letting you all in on my secret ingredient; this may be strange but its true and it works and it adds a little something extra.  For a big pot add about a kitchen rounded teaspoon of it into your stew and again mix.  At this point start making the dumplings.  This is the part my hubby does and its SOOOO good.   2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening,aka margarine
1 cup milk
Stir flour,baking powder,and salt together. Work in shortening with tips of fingers or pastry blender. Add milk gradually and mix with a fork to a soft dough. Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto hot stew mixture,allowing space for dumplings to rise. Cover pot closely. Boil hard for 12 to 14 minutes. Do not lift cover during coking. Serve hot.
Yield:6 to 8 servings.


This is our finest stew and let me tell you NOT ONE DROP of leftovers. 


  1. OMG this is the first recipe I’ve ever seen with marmite in it! (i saw the pic but not where it’s included in the recipe. what am i missing?) we have a jar, hubby keeps it for some home remedy treatment, got to ask him for what again, but i’ve never thought about cooking with it. great recipe! i seriously can’t wing anything that has to do with cooking. it’s a 50/50 chance i’ll screw it up with the recipe, much less by winging it.

  2. you can just throw it in anytime after you’ve put in the water before you put in the dumplings.

  3. Is there anything you CAN’T do!? Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! Seriously, I WANT some!!!

  4. oh honey…keeep em coming…i love food posts:)

  5. sorry hun i don’t live in the US BUT some of my readers have some SUPER yummy food so i hope they see this and check it out!

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