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Winter vegetables stew with coffee & home-made cheese dumplings!

on 10/01/2012

The tasty veggie stew with home-made cheese balls after simmering & steaming! Yum!

This is the stew served on your plate & ready to dig in! It looks a bit brownish but is ooh so tasty with the rich coffee, soy sauce & vegetable stock in here! Yummy! :)

Yesterday, I made this tasty winter vegetables stew with coffee, vegetable stock & home-made cheese dumplings.I changed the recipe to my needs. I changed the quantities a lot because we like our veggies here in this house. This was an excellent vegetarian dinner. It is also egg-free.

This tasty dinner is great for entertaining, easy to make yet so flavourful. This comes from the book: Vegetarian New style, Nicola Graimes. I have lended it from my local library & it was translated in Dutch. The original is in English. This book was published in 2011. The author divides the book in chapters like: raw, grilling, baking, stewing, roasting, steaming & simmering.

It is one fabulous book. She takes vegetarian dishes to a whole new level of cooking, presented like in top restaurants. It is all about discovering new flavours & how to combine them beautifully into a new dish, each time, each chapter. This book is top-notch! You will find more than 200 new & invented stylish vegetarian dishes. In Dutch, it is published with Kosmos Uitgevers, Utrecht/ Antwerpen.

I think you all will love this fabulous dinner!

Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds


** For the stew:

1 large red onion, peeled & cut into finer pieces

1 large turnip, ( 400 gr, weighted when cut up ),peeled & cut up into equal bitesize pieces

2 big yellow carrots, ( 200 gr, weighted when peeled & cut into smaller equal sized pieces )

100 gr mini shiitake, cleaned & cut into 2 or 3

7 thinner green celery stalks, cleaned & cut into smaller pieces

2 medium parsnips, peeled & if you have a harder interior root, cut it away & use the rest, cut into smaller bitesize chunks ( I used 420 gr netto )

200 gr netto well rinsed, well-drained white cooked beans/ I use organic

2 tablespoons ( 2 x 15 ml ) of a Japanese dark soy sauce

200 ml of freshly brewed strong coffee

250 ml of a good & hot vegetable stock

1 large dried bay leaf

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

black pepper

a fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO )

1 tablespoon of wholemeal spelt flour or normal white flour

** For the cheese dumplings:

90 gr self – raising flour

40 gr of aged cheddar, cut into pieces

40 gr baking margarine, cut into pieces

1 tablespoon of flat-leaf parsley, roughly cut up

black pepper

1 to 2 tablespoons of cold water


1. Take a large stewing pot with fitting lid. I use Le Creuset. Place on a fitting fire & add 2 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO. Heat up on medium high. When hot & sizzling, add chopped red onion & celery pieces. Fry for 5 minutes until softer. Add chopped turnips & parsnips. Stir. Place the fitting lid on & fry for about 5 to 10 minutes until softer. Add EVOO if you need to. Stir often. Add carrot sticks & chopped mini shiitakes & fry for 5 minutes. Now, add the flour & stir well around in the pot. Fry for 1 minute. Later, this will help to thicken the stew. Add the beans & mix. Now, add thyme & scatter it all over the vegetables. Stick the bay leaf under the veggies. Pour coffee, vegetable stock & soy sauce over the vegetables mix. Mix carefully with a spoon trying not to break up the vegetables. Bring the stew to the boil & than turn the heat lower to simmer the stew for about 10 minutes, with the lid on. Than, stir well through the stew.

2. In the meantime, make the dumplings. Take a food processor & place self-raising flour, cheddar chunks, parsley pieces, baking margarine chunks & 1 tablespoon of cold water in it. Add some grinds of black pepper. Place the fitting lid on & blitz until it all comes together into a dough. If too crumbly to form a sticky dough, add 1 tablespoon of cold water extra & blitz again & again. Try to form 1 big dough ball & roll it out evenly on a floured chopping board. Flour your rolling-pin if you need to. Cut 8 equal sized pieces out of it. Roll each piece into a little ball so that you get out of it : 8 equal sized little balls. Place the 8 dough balls for about 1/2 to 3/4 th into the hot stew, a bit apart from each other because each dough ball will rise!!! See this picture:

Placing the cheese balls halfway or 3/4th into the hot stew!

Place the fitting lid on & heat the fire on medium high. Bring to the boil & let it boil for about 15 to 20 minutes just until the dough balls are risen & cooked trough & the vegetables are just cooked but still hold their shapes. My stew was ready after 20 minutes. Lower the temperature of your fire if you need to. Taste! It has to taste fab! I didn’t add any pepper or salt because the soy sauce is already a bit salty. It tasted perfect!

Serve instantly & serve warm! Enjoy best with a loved one! You don’t miss any meat here! I assure you , you will take seconds! ;)

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28 responses to “Winter vegetables stew with coffee & home-made cheese dumplings!

  1. Betty says:

    Waw, Sophie!
    That vegetarian stew looks amazing & appetizing too! Coffee in a stew ,that must smells great!
    Yummm! :)

  2. Ina Gawne says:

    Sophie – this looks fabulous! I bet coffee would be excellent here. I have only ever used coffee in a baked bean dish, but this sounds delicious!

  3. boeddhamum says:

    Coffee in the stew, I don’t know what taste that will be, but knowing you it will taste great! I love recipes with winter vegetables, I’ll let you know when I tried it, grzt

  4. Happy new year.
    I hav enever had this dish, but it sounds so good especially those dumblings looks super yumm.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Happy 2012 dear Finla! :) Happy times!
      I made these dumplings for the very first time & they tasted superb! easy to do too! :)

  5. Louise says:

    I’ve recently rekindled my love of cooking with coffee so your stew is a welcome addition to my “cooking with coffee files:) The cheese dumplings sound like a perfect match, Sophie.

    Thanks so much for sharing…

  6. Hotly Spiced says:

    That certainly looks like a very nutritious meal. I would be curious to try a stew made with coffee! I’ve not heard of that before. Love the look of your cheese dumplings.

  7. Valentina says:

    Sophie, this looks so yummy! I’m so intrigued by the coffee! I’m inspired! :-)

  8. Blond Duck says:

    Homemade cheese dumplings! :)

  9. Tandy says:

    I love the sound of the cheese dumplings :)

  10. grace says:

    those cheesy dumplings are a magnificent touch, sophie! excellent stew. :)

  11. Sophie, it looks delicious! And even though it’s vegetarian, it looks as hearty as any meat stew. The coffee is a fascinating addition!

  12. Juliana says:

    First of all “Happy New Year” Sophie! This stew with coffee sounds delicious especially with the cheese dumplings…perfect for the cold weather.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

  13. Sophie33 says:

    Happy 2012 to you too, sweet Juliana! :) Perfect comfort food, I agree! :)

  14. After copious amounts of soups, I can down on stews now. Thank the lord!! That’s one pot of deliciousness. xoxo

  15. Dewi says:

    Love this cheese dumpling!

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