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Herby Dumplings

herby dumplings camping sideAs much as I share the British love of potatoes, once in a while I do crave something else and Dumplings can turn a Stew (let's face it already a wallet friendly meal) into something hearty and fulfilling for mere pence! They're also the prefect side for camping since flour is both portable and versatile!

These don’t strictly need to be baked and will cook through in the stew itself, but they do have a much nicer crumbly 'biscuit' texture if they are baked. A little goes a long way as they are very filling, two per person is plenty! even after an active day


There is a lot to be said about the health benefits of herbs, I sprinkle them on meals wherever I can to help keep my body working at its best. See the list below for an overview of what they can do for you and what they partner best with.


Ingredients: (makes approx. 12 dumplings)

140g butter/lard/vegetable shortening

250g self-raising flour

Salt & Pepper

Chopped herbs of your choice (fresh or dried)

1-2 tbsp water (to bind mixture)



making dumplings for stew1. Rub the fat into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.

2. Stir in the herbs and season well.

3. Add the water and bring the mixture together to form dough (don't forget to clean your hands and stash any rings etc somewhere safe...)

4. Roll the dough between your palms to make approx. 12 golf ball sized dumplings and drop them into the top of your stew.

5. Cook without stirring in the top of the stew until roughly doubled in size, for best results uncover and bake in the oven until slightly browned.

6. Scoop the dumplings carefully out and serve a couple each with a hearty portion of stew!


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