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Herby Dumplings

As much as I share the British love of potatoes, once in a while I do crave something a little different. Also as cheap as potatoes are, wheat is still cheaper and so Dumplings can turn a Stew (an already wallet friendly meal) into something hearty and fulfilling for mere pence!


These don’t strictly need to be baked and will cook through in the stew itself, but they do have a much nicer texture if they are.  They can be eaten simply with a spoon along with the stew as they have such a light crumbly texture. Remember a little goes a long way as they are very filling.


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.


*Remember to seek medical advice before consuming herbs in large amounts of you are on any medication or pregnant.


Fresh herbs are always best, they retain more of their vitamins and minerals compared to dried and have a much stronger flavour but of course for camping dried is certainly more convenient. The best (and certainly the cheapest!) way to have fresh herbs on hand is to simply grow your own, they do really well in pots so you don’t have to have a garden and also tend to like drier climates so it’s OK if you forget to water them occasionally. A sunny window ledge will suffice, the kitchen one is ideal as then they’re always right where you need them! 

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We of course can’t have a garden ourselves in the motor home but I couldn’t give up my fresh herbs so we bought a couple of mini herb planter kits from Unwins. Along with the pots scattered about our parking spot at 'base camp', they’re great little kits and are a handy and cheap way to get started, especially if you don’t want to pay for a full sized bag of compost with no garden to put it in as that’s included too!       

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)



1. 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!


How much do you like dumplings? Leave us a comment below!

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Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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