In large kettle combine meat, water, salt, oregano, peppercorns and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer and simmer 2 hours. Remove beef when cool enough to handle, cut up meat and discard bones if any. Strain broth and skim off excess fat. Return broth to kettle. Add cut up meat, tomatos and all vegetables except cabbage and red pepper, if desired. Simmer for 30 minutes, then add cabbage and simmer for 30 minutes more.