If this week of rain and wind taught us anything, it was that stew is never a bad idea. 

Whether a hearty beef stew topped with dumplings, a light and refreshing fish medley or an aromatic coconut curry, a steaming bowl of yummy things cooked low and slow can turn any day around. 

Here are some of the most delicious stews to make this weekend - or even batch cook for the months ahead! 

1. Donal Skehan's Irish stew with cheddar dumplings

2. Lamb curry with coconut milk

3. Neven Maguire's Mediterranean monkfish stew

4.Vietnamese Pho with Chicken Dumplings and Pak Choy 

5. Toulouse sausage puy lentil stew