Winter Warmer Recipe – Global Scouse Day 2023

If you’re from Liverpool, or have visited the city, you may have heard of Scouse. This hearty dish is a staple in Liverpudlian cuisine and is typically made with beef or lamb, root vegetables, and potatoes. This recipe is perfect for winter hygge.

I’m currently living about 10 minutes drive from Liverpool city centre. Whilst not an actual scouser, I grew up nearby with my mum’s recipe of beef stew with dumplings, served with beetroot being a frequent meal. It definitely is a winter warmer, and I’ve been thinking about eating it quite a bit lately in this cold weather.

This week, was Global Scouse Day, so what a day to celebrate this beloved dish, and what better way to do that than with a delicious beef scouse recipe?


  • 1 lb or 450g beef stew meat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 beef stock cubes made up with 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp gravy granules
  • 1 tbsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Packet of dumpling mix (or make your own with self raising flour and suet or butter)
  • Jar of pickled beetroot to serve
  • (Optional crusty bread for dipping)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the beef stew meat over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, sauté the onions and garlic until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes to the pot and stir to combine.
  4. Return the beef to the pot and add the beef stock, gravy granules, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
  7. Follow the instructions to make up dumplings and add to the top of the stew for
  8. Serve hot with beetroot and optional crusty bread, maybe even a pint of beer!

Enjoy this comforting and delicious beef scouse recipe on Global Scouse Day 2023. Whether you’re from Liverpool or not, this dish is sure to warm your heart and fill your belly. You can choose to substitute the beef for lamb if you fancy a change.

Why I haven’t written for a few years!

Hello, readers of Cocktail In Hand! It’s been a while since my last post, and I wanted to take a moment to explain why. You may have noticed that some of my last blog posts talked about self care, well for the past few years I’ve been trying to taking care of my mental health.

Part of that included focused on starting a business so that I never had to work in a toxic workplace again. Whilst I tried to hold it together, working in a toxic workplace after suffering emotional and physical abuse in my marriage took a major battering on my confidence and health. When I started this blog, whilst I was aspirational about what I wanted to do, I knew nothing about blogging or how to make money from blogging.

Starting a business is an exciting but challenging endeavour, and it requires a lot of time and effort. It was a lot harder than I imagined.

As I poured my energy into building my new venture, this blog had to take a backseat. I had to prioritise my time and resources to try to ensure the success of my new business.

At the same time, I was also struggling with my mental health. As an entrepreneur, it can be challenging to manage stress, anxiety, and burnout. I was experiencing all of these things, and it became increasingly difficult to find the motivation and creativity to write for Cocktail In Hand.

During this time, I realised that it’s okay to take a step back and focus on myself. Mental health is essential, and neglecting it can have significant consequences. Sadly for some people it’s not possible to just throw an anti-depressant at it, alternate help is required and this meant I took the time to prioritise self-care.

But I missed Cocktail In Hand and want to get back into my writing. But first I want to work on branding and improving the website. I’m also planning to create some products which I hope you’ll love! Alongside, I have some exciting blog posts to share, and I can’t wait to reconnect with my readers.