Was verry easy to make as I put it all in crock pot, using just stewing beef cheap cut no fat. Used same wine with 2 turnips, no tomatoe soup. But used 2 tlbs tomatoe paste. Never browned meat & added my own fresh chilli. Thickend towards end of cooking with cornflour. I think its the best beef stew we haver tried. Thanks Adrienne: P.S Cooked for 5hrs in crock pot.