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Cheesy Dumplings

  Winter days and dumplings seem to go together.  The stick-to-your-ribs warmth of a bowl of stew can only get better with a fluffy dumpling on top.  Today was one of those days, cold and bright, stew and dumpling weather.  Now underneath those cheesy dumplings is a simple base of ground beef fried off with lots of onion and garlic.  The sauce is a cupboard cheat of instant gravy ... you know the one.... ah, Bisto.   I know it all sounds very 'school dinners'  but sometimes that's exactly what you want.   On to the dumplings: 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/3 cup butter or baking margarine 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional) Preheat the oven to 180C or 375F.  Make your base of stew and have it bubbling hot.  Stir all the dry ingredients together in a good size mixing bowl.  Put the vinegar into the milk and set to one s

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