What a perfect stew for the storm we are having. The gravy is rich and I did add a bit more cornflour to make it thicker. I also added in a can of peas because we like them.I did take out mushrooms ( not allowed) so added in an extra 1/2 onion. Otherwise directions and recipe followed to the T. DH is home today due to the weather. His office closed! He keeps looking at the stew and keeps asking when is dinner. LOL I have taste tested it and YUM! The beef is so tender and rich tasting. The veggies take on the spice flavorings easily and well I could go on. Know if you want to make a stew this is a definite one to make! My plan was to cook in the slow cooker but decided to do it stove top and my house smells divine. Comfort food to the max! This is a 5 star keeper and I cannot wait til tomorrow for leftovers!