Who’s For A Recipe? The Borough Market Breakfast Pie

To celebrate National Breakfast Week, the lovely team at Borough Market sent me this breakfast pie recipe. It looks yummy, I would leave out the bacon as I don’t eat pork but if you do try to make this please tweet me some pictures @whofordinner! This is a novel, tasty twist on a traditional English cooked breakfast from Lesley Holdship. It’s not just for breakfast though – it makes a great meal at any time of the day

Breakfast Pie

Breakfast Pie

Serves 6-8

Preparation time 40 minutes

Cooking time 75 minutes


350g plain flour
175g butter, diced from Hook and Son
125g smoked streaky bacon from Northfield Farm
25g butter
150g field mushrooms, sliced from Ted’s Veg
500g good sausage meat or sausages with skin removed
175g tomatoes, roughly chopped
125g black pudding, sliced from Sillfield Farm
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
150g tomato ketchup from The Tomato Stall
1-2 tablespoons milk


1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Place the flour in a large bowl then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs and there are no lumps of butter left.

2.       Bring together with 125ml cold water using a round bladed table knife, working the pastry as little as possible.

3.       Turn on to a lightly floured surface, knead very gently to make smooth then chill whilst getting the filling ready.

4.       Lay the bacon on to a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes in the oven. Heat the butter in a pan until really sizzling then add the mushrooms, cooking them over a high heat until they become a little golden and start to smell nutty.

5.       Squodge the sausage meat and tomatoes together. Get a 22cm diametre metal pie dish ready.

6.       Cut a piece of the pastry off for the lid, about ¼. Roll the large piece to fit the tin, transferring it by rolling it on to the rolling pin.

7.       Spread half of the sausage meat in to the tin, then layer the rest of the ingredients finishing off with the remaining sausage meat. Mix the ketchup with 100ml water then pour over the filling.

8.       Brush around the edges of the pastry with a little milk, then roll the remaining pastry to fit. Press the edges to seal, crimping all the way around.

9.       Bake for an hour until golden, then serve with a pint of ale.

Light Lunch at The Sparrowhawk Pub

A quick shout out to The Sparrowhawk Pub in Gypsy Hill for feeding me recently!

I caught up with a friend and her bundle of joy for lunch in this family friendly pub and it was delightful. I just love good quality pub grub. We ordered from their lunch menu which has dishes from around £7.

I ordered a King prawn linguine with a chilli and garlic sauce. It was wholesome, fresh and a pleasure to eat. It’s a simple dish that was made well and for great value. If you’re in the area you probably know about it already but if you’re exploring South London be sure to pop into this great place.

Prawn Linguine!

Prawn Linguine!

Visit their site on http://thesparrowhawkpub.co.uk/