Aussie “Steak, Bacon and Cheese Pies”(Vegan).

Sadly in Australia we do not have many traditional dishes, however one of them is a pie!! This is my take on a vegan steak, bacon and cheese pie. I used to love getting these as a treat a a child, and now I share then to the world as a adult.

Ingredients 

(Mushroom Gravy)
2 tablespoons vegan butter
1 onion, finely sliced
100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
bunch fresh herbs(rosemary etc)

Filling
600g vegan mince(IVP or vegan mince)
6 slices vegan bacon, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
300g vegan cheese, grated

Pastry
2 teaspoons vegan butter
12 sheets puff pastry

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Mushroom Gravy
1. Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook, stirring for 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add flour, Cook, stirring for 1 minute.

2. Slowing add stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly too prevent lumps for forming. Cooking for 3 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens. Season with salt and pepper, nutritional yeast and fresh herbs. Adjust liquid quantity to achieve consistency you require.

3. Leave to simmer on a low heat until filling is complete.

Filling

1. Heat oil in medium frying pan over. Add vegan mince, cook for 10 minutes. Add vegan bacon and stir until cooked. (Around 15 minutes in total).

2. Once cooked, add mince to mushroom gravy mixture and set aside.

Pie
1. While the mince is cooking, grease 2 muffins tray with vegan butter.
2. Cut 12 puff pastry sheets into quarters and put each quarter in a muffin tin, until you have 24 lined.
3. Add a tablespoon of the mince mixture into the middle of the puff pastry muffin tins. Then add a small amount of the vegan cheese. Fold over the extra pastry to close the top of the pies.
4. Coat the top of the pies with a small amount of vegan butter,cook in the oven for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Serve with a desired salad.

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Warm Winter Protein Power Salad

This is a super yummy salad that can be served as a side or main dish. It’s super quick and easy to make and you will most likely already have most of the ingredients on hand. Super great in winter and a way to make sure you are getting protein.

Ingredients
1 can of butter beans(or bean of choice)
6 large leaves of kale
1 peeled onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 small chili
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
small amount of fresh herbs(brazil, rosemary, chives etc)
1 teaspoon of vegan butter
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
1 cup of quinoa
500g of fresh baby spinach
small amount of chopped cherry tomatoes
fresh olives if desired

Method
1. Heat stove and cook quinoa as stated on the packet of the particular quinoa you have – while the quinoa is cooking begin on the next step.

2. Drain and rinse beans, then add to food processor. Add all other ingredients to the food processor (bar the spinach, olives and lemon) and blend well.

3. Once everything is blended together(into a smooth texture), put this mixture on a frypan on a high heat with vegetable oil. Cook for approximately 5 minutes.

4. Reduce pan to medium heat and add spinach and tomatoes. Once the spinach has reduced in size stop cooking.

5. Add this mixture to the cooked quinoa and stir well.

6. Add in the olives and as much lemon juice as suits your taste and stir.


Enjoy.

Healthy Chocolate Banana and Strawberry Breakfast Cookies.

During the week on my way to work, I always am in a rush to get out the door. These cookies are super simple to make super healthy. I like to make large cookies as I will just eat one of the way out the door. They are also good are yummy snack without the day.

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

1 cup macadamia spread(or almond or peanut butter)

¼ cup quinoa

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of sheared almond and sunflower spreads


Extra
1/2 cup fresh chopped strawberries
1/2 cup coconut flakes
small amount of sunflower seeds

Method
Preheat oven on 180 degrees.
Mash bananas, the add all the ingredients and mix together.
Line oven tray, shape cookies into desired size.
Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and wait at least 10 minutes for them to cool.

In less then an hour you have you breakfast for the week, super healthy and a boost in the morning. 

Breath

Take a breath,
It is ok, it is just you and me.
I will be waiting patiently for your scars to heal
and lend a helping hand when you need.
I will push you to be your best self.
I  will remain clam, when you are at your worst
For this connection is for life.
Im not just someone that will walk on by.
I will stay for a while
when you open your eyes
I will be here others may have torn you down.
but I will always help to  pick the pieces up
for most days you radiant like a ray of sun
that feels my heart fill with warm.
Do not worry my darling, I am here.
You are special and you are dear

The Time

Time and fate brought us to a place.

Of something pure, something real                            

And even though it was magical.                             

You sometimes need to step out.                             

Of a place to realise it’s not meant to be forever         

While my heart is filled of warmth.                   

With the memories we shared.                                    

It’s fate that took us our separate ways.                   

And I hope your open you heart.                               

One day to endless to love.                                      

To be a person someone can depend.                  

Upon until their dying day.                                          

I’m not longer sad to part ways.                             

Perhaps one day we shall look back                 

and smile we meet in a place when                           

We we’re both not looking for a form.               

of love whether a friendship or a partner.                        

But now finally I have closed my heart.                    

To you, goodbye I wish you nothing.                         

But the best xx

Stumbling

The numbing feeling on the world hits me
But we are only here once in the world
So we should live each day like its our last
however so many of us stumble
stumble to find our groove
for I will never be one to just
fit into to anywhere or anything
the world has become my home
the endless of path of wandering
my friend, my road to good health
happiness is not a path
But its how to choose to live
A choose this moment to live
and to push myself to new things
I dont know what tomorrow will
bring, I can only hope
the ones I care for
are ready and willing
to take on the world
and love like I do

My Guide to San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico(Vegan Eating Options)

After spending quite a few months on Island Holbox, Mexico I was seeking a new adventure with no idea of what to do. “Go to San Cristobal, you will love it.” said my good friend. So the next day I left and took a 24 hour ADO bus from Cancun to San Cristobal (950 pesos) and arrived in this lovely city high in the mountains.

I really had no idea what to expect from San Cristobal but safe to say, its a city worth visiting full of art, textiles, mayan culture and a load of cafes with vegan food. After spending 1 month in this awesome place, these are my tips to the city.

Places to Stay

Hostel Iguana is a lovely hostel located near the main food markets. With an amazing garden and view over the mountains, its great to chill or party. They have yoga daily, a funky bar and cooked breakfast that changes everyday. Beds range from 150 to 180 depending of the seasons.
http://iguanahostel.com/

Vegan Places to Eat

San Cristobal is a vegan’s heaven, which a nice change while traveling in Mexico. While there are any endless amount of cafes, these are my top picks.

Todo Vegano
Located on the main tourist street, this place has so many vegan snacks and even sell VEGAN CHEESE to take away. Try the chicken dumplings 30 pesos and delicious.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/todo-vegano-san-crist%C3%B3bal-de-las-casas

Falafel
As the name states this places is the best town in town to get your falafel fix. Head there on a Sunday or Tuesday to get 2 for 1. A falafel wrap will sent you back about 65 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g150802-d1414011-Reviews-Falafel-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Jardin Tonantzin


This place is next door to Todo Vegano, with quiet a few vegan options. But please do yourself a favor and have a hot chocolate with coconut milk. It is amazing. Vegan burger is also good but ask for it with no mayo!!!

https://www.facebook.com/Jardin-Tonantzin-1535575426751776/?rf=253604561508638

Cocolicie

While this restaurant its my personally they best place to eat in the city.  Their pasta is amazing but they also sell curry. You have to ask to have things made vegan. The wine list is great and vegan friendly. During weeknights, they have live music from jazz to rock. Its a lively funky place. You feel like your in funky bar in Berlin, New York or even Melbourne. 

Places to Party

Revolucion

One of the main bars/clubs to out this place is funky. Tuesday night is Salsa night so get your grove on. Upstaris is really fun also dont forget to check it out.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g664450-d2139049-Reviews-Cafe_Bar_Revolucion-Chiapas_Southern_Mexico.html

La Vina De Bacco

Love this wine bar with a epic range of wines from all over the world this place is great. If you get a bottle of wine you also get free tapas. Glass of great wine start from 25 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g150802-d1965913-Reviews-La_Vina_de_Bacco-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Places to sightsee and explore.

Free Walking Tour
There is a free walking tour that runs at 10 am and 5pm from the town center. It goes from about 4 hours and is a great way to get some knowledge of the city.

Centro De Textiles Del Mundo
Amazing place if your interested in Textiles from the local Mexicans.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g150802-d3857074-Reviews-Centro_de_Textiles_del_Mundo_Maya-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Mercado Municipal

This is the main food market in San Cris and its heaven. Local vendors sell an endless amount of fresh fruit and vegetables at prices you cant believe. Spend your time walking around. Also you can find an endless amount of beans and dry soy. If your vegan just avoid the meat section.

https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Mercado+%22Jos%C3%A9+Castillo+Tielemans%22/@16.7434772,-92.6369602,18z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xc43d0f8cdea76a99!2sIguana+Hostel!8m2!3d16.741746!4d-92.6360482!3m4!1s0x0:0x5740271d9457dc5b!8m2!3d16.7433803!4d-92.6363432

Sna Jolobil 

Great place to do some shopping for local Mexican things.
https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Sna+Jolobil/@16.7425011,-92.6381457,18z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xc43d0f8cdea76a99!2sIguana+Hostel!8m2!3d16.741746!4d-92.6360482!3m4!1s0x0:0x954a8c096d312495!8m2!3d16.742123!4d-92.6379941

Day Trips

San Cristobal is so close to many amazing national parks and adventures to explore the beauty of Chipas.

Canon Del Sumidero

This is a amazing Canon, a few hours from the city, where you can see monkeys and variety of wildlife. You can ask tour companies in the center for a tour. Its will sent you back around 200-400 pesos. The tour is worth it.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g664450-d1925372-Reviews-Canon_del_Sumidero-Chiapas_Southern_Mexico.html

Chiflon Falls

Another waterfall about two hours from San Cristobal, you can do a tour or get a collectivo from the ADO station. I stayed the night here and was worth it. Camping cost 30 pesos per person or cabins start from 500 pesos. There is nothing better then waking up next to these amazing waterfalls. A collective plus entrance is around 140 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g1732578-d4931650-Reviews-Cascada_El_Chiflon-Comitan_Southern_Mexico.html

Palenque and Aqua Azul!!!!

Many people do a few days in Palenque, however I just stayed the day there. Aqua Azul are amazing waterfalls that are clear blue and will take your breath away. Then once you get to Palenque spend your time walking around one of the biggest Mayan Ruins in the world. Its great to get a guide for the park, they are full with so much information and take you places that you cant go without it. It was 100 pesos for 14 people to do the tour in the park. However if coming from San Cristobal to Palenque its great to get a tour from the city. As you get to see two waterfalls and the park with all transport. This costs around 350 to 500 depending what company you go through compared to the ADO bus which is already starting at 320 pesos.

http://www.turismochiapas.gob.mx/sectur/palenque

Overall San Cristobal de Las Casas is a city that cant be missed in Mexico. With so much culture and things to do it is a must for everyone. Get blow away from how people from all around the world come to this charming and call it home.

If you have any questions or tips please free feel to message me.

Enjoy
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