leek 1 medium, halved and sliced
Carrot 1 medium, peeled and diced
Sunflower oil 1 tsp
Eating apple1, peeped, cored and diced
Dried mixed herbs a good pinch
High meat-content sausages 400g, skinned
Fresh white breadcrumbs 50g
Puff pastry 250g
Poppy seeds ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Fry the leek and carrot oil until softened. Add the apple and cook for 2 minutes. Tip into a bowl, add the dried herbs, season and cool. Season to taste.
Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. mix the sausage and breadcrumbs with the veg. Roll out the pastry to a 35*30cm rectangle and put on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
From the meat mixture into a long sausage shape and put in the centre of the pastry, leaving 2cm at each end. Cut 1.5cm strips away from the sausage meat along the length of the pastry. Fold in the ends and then alternate strips of the pastry up and over the sausage meat, crossing over each other neatly. Trim the excess pastry and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for 35 minutes until crisp and golden.
Life always gives big opportunities in the form of small hints. The big move in Pankaj Bhadouria’s life came with a small step when she decided to leave her successful teaching career spanning over 16 years and enter India's 1st televised cookery reality show - MasterChef India on the leading GEC - Star Plus.
And as they say, fortune favours the brave, Pankaj went on to become a worthy winner and with it India's first ever MasterChef.
The comfort of the classroom gave way to the adulations, accolades and a host of achievements. Pankaj hosted her first cookery show - "Chef Pankaj ka Zayka" on Star Plus during Sep-Oct 2011 where she showcased her passion for cooking. The success of this daily show added another flavor to her sweet success.