Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Beef, beer & dumplings

Warm enough to wear only a light jacket, a sunlit kitchen at 5:30pm and papery cherry blossoms...Oh my, Spring has almost sprung!

I feel sympathy for Winter, it gets such a bad rap and has so few fans compared to its more popular and vibrant siblings. I myself, am an Autumn supporter, but not so much that I can't appreciate what the other seasons can offer. The signs of Spring's hastening arrival has lit a fire under my bottom in regard to making as many Wintry meals as I can before the weather is too warm for molten chocolate and hearty stews.

ease: 4/5. Takes a while.
prep time: 25mins to get it into the oven (the dumplings take no more than 5mins.)
cooking time: 2 hours (includes making the sauce, I only reheated it all at the end for 2mins as it was still hot).
total: 2 hours & 25mins.

taste: 3.5/5. It turns out that Ryan isn't a fan of beef stew, and this dish was similar to beef stew for him. On the plus side he loved the dumplings and the meat was tender, otherwise it had too much of a gravy taste for him. I halved the recipe which is definitely enough for two.

would I make it again: No.

recipe: http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/beef-beer-and-dumplings.htm


  1. A wonderful combination! That dish looks so tasty and comforting!



  2. This looks so hearty and I feel like I know what it smells like already, but how could I?!

  3. This is one of my favorite winter meals!
    This one looks so comforting :)

  4. how funny! I saw this recipe last night in my copy of GT and I'm going to make it on the weekend. Like you I'd a fan of autumn too, the mild weather, the beautiful colors and the best sunsets! In Melbourne its an extra bonus, some days its hot like summer, some days its cold like winter.....how can you lose???!!