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.

8 Things People dont tell you after you travel

There are all types of people in the world, but there are a large group of humans, that fight against the norm and packed their lives into a bag for a large period of time, or perhaps forever. Smelling indescribable scents, hearing foreigns sounds and seeing sights that will never be forgotten. However after all the magically things are over, the journey is done, there are a number of unspoken phenomenons….

1. Everything will be the same as you left it

Travel not only opens people but also can change ones whole world view and who you are. You have changed so much but you find your home the same as you left it. Your friends and family are doing similar things to what they used to. There is not much change to your city, the way of life is the same. And your view on where your from will mostly likely change.

2. Post Travel Depression

Even if you love your home and are happy to be there. There is a time period, where you just feel stuck, bored and question life. It can be hard to settle into the typically 9 to 5 norm, especially after having your breath take away almost everyday. Every more so, when all you want to do is talk and remember that amazing time period of your life. But your friends struggle to see why you feel this way, or why your unhappy at home. As if your home, is not for you anymore.

3. Missing the people you meet aboard

If missing people from home while you were overseas wasn’t hard enough, now you have to miss the life time friends you have made. Bonds are made quickly and strong on the road, seeing people from all walks of life and countries come together. These people may have become your family or home for a time period and then their gone. And although you will meet again, you have to leave so many of them time and time again. Maybe they know you better then people from back home.

4. You do foriegn customs without realising it

Each country has their own set of habits and customs, and if you spend a while in one place you start doing small things too without realising. It’s maybe eating lunch as your main meal or saying cheers with every drink. Small things are ingrained into you.  But back in your home you discover after many people mention to you that what you doing is odd you have a few new habits.

5. A very real lust for authentic foreign food

After you get over trying all the food from your home that you didn’t have for a while your traveling such as vegemite(my pick), you miss the food that was like something you have never tasted. Even though there many amazing restaurants that may sell “authentic foreign food” its just not the same. That perfect curry and real tacos even its almost the same, its not!!

6. You struggle to remember the new languages or phrases you learnt

Perhaps you have learnt a few new languages or even phrases while overseas and your proud that you know it. But months past you slowly start forgetting the words and you will try at one point to remember of relearn them, but its get harder and harder the long you stay.

7. You will research new places to travel

If you have a time to yourself or a spare moment in time, its most likely you look at travel photos, blogs and even videos. This gives you a way to still connect to travel, while being able to dream of the next adventure even if its not anytime soon. The idea of a different country can perhaps even get you through a “normal” week.

8. You realise travel will be your greatest love affair of all time

For all the things you do in life, your hobbies, friends and lovers, nothing can compare your love of the road or the unknown. From the thrills, to the low moments, it is all worth it and there are not real words to describe this passion or what you done or felt.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”