I am shocked that this stew/soup with all it's wonderful ingredients turned out to have such a bad taste that I couldn't force myself to eat it. I tried to doctor it up with some spices, but nothing would hide the bitter, pungent taste. I think it might have been the bay leaf, or maybe the combination of cabbage and kale (both of which I love). I cried tears as I poured my good ingredients down the sink and cried again writing this bad review. Maybe someone else can fix up this basically healthy recipe, but I couldn't. Sorry Raquel.