This is so simple to make, on the hob, just let it simmer away. With spices, as I was used to when growing up, and loads of vegetables. Serve with 'bubble and squeak', mashed or plain boiled spuds and your favourite veg, or with proper dumplings.
Tie the spices together in some muslin (Wilkinson sell reusable muslin bags) to make it easier to remove them all. You can use 1 piece of mace instead of nutmeg, if desired.
If you want dumplings with your stew, preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Transfer the casserole to the oven for the last 30 minutes of cooking. Remove the spices, then add your dumpling mixture to the stew. Bake in the oven till the dumplings are cooked through.