Saute the onion in butter or olive oil until translucent.
Add the beef and toss with onions until blended. Add half the seasoning mix and brown.
Holding back 1 teaspoon of the spice mix (for the topping mix), add the rest of the spice mix and garlic when the beef has just finished browning.
Remove the bread from the milk and add to the beef. Mix in until the bread has broken down and thickened the beef mix.
Add the 3 bay leaves and pour into a casserole dish (I used my 3 inch deep pie plate). Gently pack down.
Mix the cream, eggs and spice mix and pour over the beef.
Sprinkle with the almonds
Bake at 350°F fro 40-45 minutes until it has browned lightly on top.