I got this idea after making the original stew named "Vegetable Beef Stew" from ChangingDiabetes-us.com. I noticed how similar the ingredients were to the "Hobbit soup" so I added a little here and changed a little there. I prefer to use fresh vegetables when I make any kind of soup or stew- just as a hobbit, wizard or man would! Also, I use tomato paste instead of ketchup- you make your choice. Note: Prep time is a guessaminet. Depending on if you already chopped up the vegetables the night before and what not. This stew would taste grand with steak, chicken (or rabbit if you choose), and/or tofu with beef or chicken stock -- mix and match however you fancy! I place the steak tips in the freezer for 30 minutes and cut of the fat before cutting the meat into cubes. You could also use ground meat instead. I would think you could prepare and cook on the same day. However, I chose to cut the vegetables the day before so prep time was a bit faster. Enjoy!