This is my mum's recipe. It's very special to me as it reminds me of my childhood when it was cold outside and I would come in from school to the smell of this cooking. Nothing better! Of course I've added bits and pieces to it over the years.
Line bottom of slow cooker with meat. Add sliced and diced veg on top, then scatter with the beans, barley, lentils and split peas. Add stock and top up with water if required so that the mix is just covered. Stir well.
Cook on High for 6 hours. Stir occasionally making sure you get right to the bottom otherwise the meat will stick and burn.
Follow packet instructions for dumplings and place on top of stew 30 minutes before the end of cooking.