Dinky Recipe: Super Stew


There is nothing better than a stew when its cold and miserable. Visiting a friend in Ireland, we were treated to a beef stew with dumplings – made in a slow cooker…. Something I have now invested in!

This inspired me to stew it up when we got home. I based this on a Jamie Oliver recipe, He gives ingredients for a basic stew which you can then add a meat and a boozy mix to. I choose the pork and cider version… with a few tweaks. This was before my slow cooker purchase, so was done in the good old Le Creuset.


(serves 2 hungry people)


  • 500g diced pork
  • 500ml cider
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (or passata)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1 leek (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de provence
  • glug of olive oil
  • 1 x cooking or eating apple (peeled cored and quartered)


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas 4
  2. Heat a casserole dish and sweat off the vegetables with some olive oil for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the pork, cider and tinned tomatoes, plus a heaped teaspoon of mustard and 2 tablespoons of mixed herbs. Give it a good stir and add salt and peper to taste.
  4. Bring to the boil then add a lid and put into the oven.
  5. Cook at Gas 4 for about 2.5 hours.
  6. Serve with rice, potatoes or bread…. Mmmm.

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