I love a stew in the winter and its a tradition in our house that I make it, lately Will has taken to helping too and he is coming along well in the family tradition. Our simple but tasty stew is always made on a Sunday evening after Sunday lunch using the leftover meat and veg, like this - Big pot 3/4 filled with salted water to taste - we like a good bit of salt. Add all leftover meat no little chicken bones but lamb bones are ok. Add any other leftover veg. Add more veg - usually one whole chopped swede, an whole chapped parsnip. a chopped large onion. A cuple of large carrots peeled and chopped. two oxo cubes beef or chicken. Bring to boil, then simmer for a couple of hours, Reheat tomorrow afternoon add some potatoes and bring to boil. Dumplings with lamb and beef stew only in our house, dumplings are easy to make with suet and self raising flour. Serve hot with lashings of bread and butter, yummy. How do you make yours then.