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Beef with Carraway Seeds and dumplings

Oh my goodness, I have to get this one down STRAIGHT AWAY. We've just walked away from the dinner table and it. was. de. lish. us. We even decided while we were eating that THIS would be our dinner on moving day (coming up in less than 3 weeks.) It's so nutritious, warming and satisfying!!!

Not bad considering it all came from my own brain as I swirled the flavours around in my head and wondered what would go well? Is this how the chefs do it? I've often wondered how they actually 'wrote' recipes. What I normally do is adjust an existing recipe, but this is my first successful go at writing.

Can you tell how proud I am?


  • 1 kilo diced beef (finely diced 1cm) and doused in 2-4 tabs plain flour
  • plain flour
  • 1 litre stock (I used chicken because it was what I have in the freezer)
  • butter
  • canola oil
  • 1 tab carraway seeds*  (optional - not if on full elimination)
  • 1 leek, halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • WHILE BEEF IS COOKING, remaining vegies
  • 2 potatoes - diced 1cm
  • approx 8-10 brussel sprouts - halved and finely sliced
  • 2 carrots - finely diced
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1.25 cups plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tabs spring onions, finely sliced remaining greens
  • 175g cold butter - cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • In large heavy-based stovetop pot, gently heat butter and oil
  • Slowly cook leek, carraway seeds, garlic and salt
  • Remove leek etc from pan and add 1/2 beef
  • Brown beef, add to leek
  • Add remaining beef and brown
  • Add beef and leek back to pan
  • Add stock and stir
  • While that's simmering:
  • Finely slice whites and pale greens of spring onions
  • chop/dice the rest of the vegies and add all to the pan and allow to simmer
  • At this point I needed to add more flour to get the gravy thicker.... do what you must.
  • Check for salt.
*Very high Salicylates/Amines
I got my dumpling recipe from

  • "Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, sift the flour into a large bowl.
  • Add the chives and season with salt.
  • Use your fingertips to rub butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the water.
  • Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until evenly incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
  • Arrange the dumplings over the top of the beef mixture.
  • Cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through. Remove from heat."
Serve in pasta bowls, with a dumpling each and some peas on the side.

Verdict: Like I said: "OH! MY! GOODNESS!" Scoff, scoff, scoff..... seconds!!! Any more, Mum?

Tweeks: Well, using Carraway seeds is probably highly illegal in the Failsafe world. But I've chosen to use a 'high sal' item just this once. Oh, it was certainly worth it. I'll watch the next few days, but I'd really like to think that in the absence of other sals we'll get away with it. I'm already planning to make this again on a 'cooking session' when I put some food away for the moving week.


  1. Ohhh another to try!!!!
    I find that the occasional med/high sals is OK. We even have a few slices of tomato every now and again.

  2. Hi, How did you go with the carraway seeds? Any reactions?

  3. Niki, I think it went well. This is in the absence of other sals. :)


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