Rub meat all over with minced garlic, salt and pepper.
Dredge in flour and fry in hot oil in a skillet until all sides are brown.
Pour off excess fat, and add vegetables, bay leaf and boiling water to the beef.
Cover tightly and bake in a preheated oven at 325 °F for three hours or until the beef is tender.
Turn the beef several times during cooking and add more water or soup stock if necessary.
You can adjust the seasoning if needed and when the meat is done transfer to a platter.
Strain the meat drippings and pour over the roast. Serve hot.