You can add any extra veg you like, or a tin of lentil soup instead of pearl barley, both of which give a thick consistency.
Loved it! Only had baking potatoes so cut them into chunks. Like that it doesn't require browning the meat. - 11 May 2012
I added 2 medium sized king edwards peeled and chopped into small bite-sized chunks. I think the dumplings need to go in a lot earlier, like halfway through the process so that they get to absorb more of the juices and plump up otherwise they're like hard dough balls. 6 hours on high seems fine although an extra hour or 2 wouldn't hurt. The result was amazing. Be sure to have plenty of bread to hand afterwards to mop up the gravy. - 07 Oct 2013
I thought that this was ok,but it just didn't have the WOW factor for me,plus my 5 year old daughter wasn't that fussed about it either and ate it reluctantly,on the other hand my hubby quite liked it!Its not a BAD dish,but its just not for me! - 13 Jun 2012