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question about stew for tomorrow's dinner . . .

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lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:20:17

dumplings; do they go in the stew or separately?

& sock or bisto?

RubySlippers Sat 30-Aug-08 19:21:14

in the stew

and Stock and no bisto

use flour to thicken if necessary

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:24:08

oops blush I meant stock!

Thank-you RubySlippers, wasn't too sure! Never made from scratch before, mil usually does stew for us

DontNeedAnything Sat 30-Aug-08 19:29:35

I used to use Bisto.

Now I buy my meat from a butchers and it has sooo much more flavour that I don't need to add bisto.

And I tend not to put socks in...find they give the stew a bit of a nasty tang myself grin

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:40:16

pmsl, I didn't even realise DontNeedAnything! quite shocked I missed the 't' but then again, anything's possible with my spelling!

charchargabor Sat 30-Aug-08 19:42:14

I use stock as I find it tastes better. I have also found that after a few hours simmering, the potato breaks down a little bit and, when stirred, the bits that break off thicken it nicely.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:44:19

stock it is then, will leave the bisto well alone! & simmer for a few hours so my spuds break up a little bit

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 20:50:37

lucysmam - if you coat the meat in seasoned flour first (before you fry it off), this will help thicken your stew.

About half an hour before you want to eat, make your dumplings, put them on top of the stew, uncovered and then bung back in the oven. They will go brown and lovely and crispy on top. Yummy.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:00:51

oooooh, yum! thanks for the tip about flour, didn't know that. am quite looking forward to it!

CantSleepWontSleep Sat 30-Aug-08 21:03:07

Put lentils in about half an hour before it's done (I use orange ones) to thicken it - yummy!

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:08:55

I have munchies now talking about food!!! as always the collective mn brain has made me hungry hmm

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 21:09:59

mmmm I have just had some buttered malt loaf grin

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:12:41

oooooooh, not had that for years bella, am making notes for my 1st monthly shop in a couple of weeks so will add some!

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 21:15:25

just got a monthly shop today - took forever to put it away

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:19:36

bet it did! I'm thinking it may make my life easier though than shopping fortnightly and then popping to the shops at the end of the second week

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 21:23:15

my reasoning behind it was that my online shop every week was creeping up and up, so I thought I would shop once a month using a money off code (to cover the delivery charge) and then use the butchers and greengrocer once a week for fresh.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:28:59

yeah, I know what you mean about it creeping up, and up, and up! Trouble is, even when you plan meals for each day you still can't keep costs down sad

monthly & then butcher/greengrocer is a good idea. I might pop into ours and see what they're like when I'm out and about on Monday

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 21:31:28

I usually homebake quite a bit but for the last few weeks it has gone out of the window. But, I am going to get back on track....... mmm I can feel a chocolate cake coming on grin

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:35:43

I've been learning to bake! quite relaxing when oh is at footy and lo all tucked up to have an hour or 2 for me time in the kitchen

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 21:37:37

Yeah I find it theraputic. I love buying new baking books.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 21:39:00

not got any books whatsoever yet, just what i've learned off mn!

I have to go, oh is bored so I have to hand over the laptop before he gets whiney like my 19mo sad

bellavita Sat 30-Aug-08 21:39:55

good luck1

Bewilderbeast Sat 30-Aug-08 21:51:32

go in the stew about 30-40 mins from the end

Bewilderbeast Sat 30-Aug-08 21:51:33

go in the stew about 30-40 mins from the end

lucysmam Sun 31-Aug-08 08:36:09

cheers Bewilder! Oh wants them crispy so going to try a few separately for him as well smile

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