Guest chef

Sunil Vijayakar

London based cook and author Sunil has an impressive bibliography of recipe books, including titles from ice-lollies and healthy eating, to Indian, Italian and vegetarian cuisine.

Full English traybake

  • Serves 4
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total time 45 mins
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Full English traybake
Full English traybake

step by step

  • 1Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick frying pan and add the onions. Cover and cook gently for 15-20 minutes or until softened.
  • 2Increase the heat to high and add the mushrooms and garlic. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wide ovenproof dish or nonstick roasting tray. Arrange the tomatoes, cut-side up, among the veg and season. Roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • 3Meanwhile, put the spinach into a large colander in the sink, then pour over a kettle of boiling water to wilt it. Cool, then squeeze out any excess water and add to the roasting tin.
  • 4Make 4 hollows among the vegetables and crack an egg into each. Scatter over the oregano or thyme, return to the oven and cook for a further 6-8 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Remove from the oven, scatter over the cooked bacon and serve.   Warning: This recipe contains partially cooked eggs.
  • Photographs by Ria Osborne

Get ahead

Cook the onions a few hours ahead.

You will need

  • 1 tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 onions, thickly sliced
  • 1 x 300g pack mini portabella mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 8 medium vine tomatoes, halved
  • 1 x 200g bag young-leaf spinach
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano or thyme leaves
  • 4 rashers lean back bacon (optional), grilled and roughly chopped

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