Anyhoo...I've had a real lazy day today, mainly spent reading blogs and leaving comments and generally just enjoying living my life through blog land, really sad to hear about Pumpkin I know how hard it is to lose such a beloved family member. Lots of love to Veggie Sue. Lazy days call for lazy food and for me that either involves leftovers or a one pot wonder. Well - I ate all the leftovers last night so out came the cauldron sized saucepan and Stew and Dumplings were born. This is a great winter warmer and once all the veggies are peeled and cubed - it's all pretty simple from there. Use what ever veg you have and the quantities are basically up to you – you can make as little or as much as you want.Veggie Stew serves 4 Ingredients Potatoes Olive Oil Turnip Carrots Onions Leeks Swede (Rutabaga) Parsnips Garlic Bay Leaf Parsley Bisto Gravy Granules (Beef style Bouillion) Marmite ( even if you don’t like it, I have served this to people who say they hate the stuff yet they love this recipe ) Water or Stock Dumplings 5oz Flour 2 oz Veggie Suet 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Mixed Herbs Water to bind so as the Dumplings form elasticy shaped balls
Method Boil the Potatoes, drain and set aside. Peel and chop all the veggies to whatever size you want. Put some Olive Oil in a big pan and add the Onions, fry gently for 5 mins then add the garlic and all the other veggies except the leeks and Potatoes. Cook for 15 mins stirring to make sure nothing sticks to the pan. Add the Leeks and cook for a few more minutes. Add water or stock, as much as you want, pop in the Bay Leaf, cover and simmer for half an hour on a low heat. Stir in the Gravy Granules to get the consistency you want, add a teaspoon of Marmite and the Potatoes and cook for another 10 mins stirring often. Season with Salt and Pepper and add the Parsley. Now to make the Dumplings. Place the Flour and Suet in a bowl, add the Salt and Herbs and mix up with a fork. Gradually add water stirring inbetween each addition, I used about a cup. You want a sticky dough like consistency that forms an elasticy shape (Wow! My Literature teacher would be impressed with that description!!). If it's too dry add more water and likewise, if it's too wet add more Flour. Place the Dumplings on top, pop the lid on the pan and cook for 15 – 20 mins on a low heat. Serve! Don't move for the next two hours and fall asleep halfway through the boring film you were watching! Today's song shall be Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
This is stuck in my head quite a lot - it is my rescue song. You know when you try to get an annoying song out of your head so as you stop bursting forth with it whilst walking round the supermarket? Try this one - it works every time. Oh the power of The Floyd!