Week Twelve: Nici's Steak & Kidney with Dumplings!

It's been a tough week, but Nici's come through with a comforting, warming dish that'll lift your spirits!

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What a week it has been. We know it will have been a tricky week, stirring up lots of different emotions, so we want you to know we’re very much here for you at the moment.

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As Annabelle White said to us earlier in the week, this is very much the time to be cooking food that’s not just nutritious, but familiar, comforting and warm. Well, today Nici has the perfect recipe to see you through any cold or tough days when you need a little pick-me-up.

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Steak & Kidney with Dumplings

Nici Wickes

When I took to the road in a rented campervan recently, with my darling parents along for the ride, mum brought along a big pot of her famous steak and kidney which we enjoyed for an easy heat n heat dinner then again on toast for breakfast.  Absolutely scrumptious!

Serves 4


  • 350g beef steak, either chuck, cross-cut blade or rump

  • 100g (about one)sheep kidney, halved, membranes and fatty nodules (white bits) removed

  • 2 tbsp plain flour

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • ½ tsp salt

  • Decent grind of black pepper

  • 1 or 2 carrots, diced

  • Dash of Worcestershire or soy sauce

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 200-250ml stock or water


  1. Cut beef into large bite size pieces and kidneys a little smaller. Dust meat in flour.

  2. Heat oil in a medium-size, heavy based saucepan and brown the onions.  Add the floured meat and don’t disturb until some pieces (the ones on the bottom) are well browned.

  3. Season with salt and pepper, add carrots, a dash of either Worcestershire sauce or soya sauce, bay leaf and pour in enough stock or water to almost cover the meat. Put the lid on and bring to a simmer and cook gently over a low-medium heat until the meat is tender - approx 1.5 hours. Cool overnight.


  • 1 cup plain flour

  • 50g butter

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley

  • ½ cup milk (approx.)


  1. Rub butter into dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, salt - until it resembles breadcrumbs.

  2. Add chopped parsley and then mix in the milk bit by bit until you have a soft dough. Flour your hands and gently pinch of tablespoonful sized balls of the dough, rolling each gently into a ball and dropping onto the simmering stew. Work quickly until all have been added.

  3. Replace the lid and cook for 10 minutes until the dumplings are light and fluffy and cooked through (check one by breaking it open).

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