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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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

The sun

There is a sun that shines so bright
that its rays can never be dimmed
for this sun is nothing like anything
anyone really knows
each that I get to really know this
amazing sun, I feel warmth
kindness and a good soul
this sun is talented above the rest
in many things, much more then just one
this sun is many things,
many can see it stands above the rest
with a pure heart, a truly good sun is hard to find
this sun is nothing short of awesome
And I am so glad to know this great light,
for its something i adore.

This is an old poem but sometimes it’s good to share

10 ways to learn a new language

1.Choose one language of a place that interests you

Some many people when choosing to learn a new language, have a hard time choosing.

From french, to Chinese or even Russian. How do you start ? First you must choose a language of a country that interests you or that you think you may use. For example the second language I learnt was French, as I had a general passion for French.

2. Enroll in classes or buy a language book

The first step is to enroll in a language course, if you need help when studying this is perfect for you but search around because sometimes prices can be expensive. If a classes don’t fit your lifestyle, then buy a book. For this you will need self-motivation, and practice and also to search the sound on google translate.

3. Download Duolingo

Duolingo is a great free app that can be downloaded to androrid or apple. While there are only a few languages to select from if you have the choice of your language then do it. It works on your writing, listen and hearing abilities. Do this while on the bus or just in general spare time to enhance your skills.

4. Listen to music in the choice of your language

Downloading and listening to music in the choice of your language is a fun way to learn new words and keep up your pronunciation. Even dancing to the music and knowing the words in a way to have fun with it.

5. Put post-stick notes everywhere

Putting post-stick notes all over your house of objects is an amazing way to remember and learn words. For example put a post-stick note of your door, of the word of your chosen language, also under write the sound of the word.

6. Learn the sound of the vowels

If you are learning a latin based language learning the vowels will ensure you can speak the words correctly. It will also make it easier to sound words out and form the sound of it in head even if you are unsure of how the other letters are.

7. Talk to native speaks of the language

Speaking with a native speaker is one of the best ways to speak a language, not only will they help you to speak correctly but you will be able to understand what they are saying. Also when you speak with a native speaker you learn words that are more commonly used  . There are times when you may use the formal way to speak a language but it may not really be spoken in the country.

8. Ensure you practice at least 30 minutes per day

To make sure that you that you are learning and able to speak you must practice, practice. Doing at least 30 minutes per day will ensure that your are getting the most out of your learning.

9. Confidence

One of the most important things is confidence and trying to speak it even if you are not perfect. So many people study a language for years and cant even speak it. In order to speak you must try.

10. GO TO THAT COUNTRY AND DON’T SPEAK YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE

The final thing is to book your flight and go to the country. There is no better way to learn then to immerse yourself in the culture. Also by not speaking english and forcing yourself to converse in that language you will learn. It will be much better then any of the of the 9 steps above. There is no greater feeling then being able to speak fluently in more then one language.