1brown 1 to 1&1/2 lbs of stew beef in the oil. add tomatoes and 1&1/2 cups of cleaned chopped celery leaves and all. Allow to simmer 20 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook on medium for 1 hr. After an 1 hr. add 2 to 3 cups of chopped cabbage and extra water as needed to make sure that the cabbage is covered so that it will cook to tender. On medium heat boil an additional 1/2 hr. until the cabbage is tender. Turn on simmer for the last 1/2 hr. Remove bay leaves and serve. For a little more spice to your serving add some extra pepper.