At Child Paths, we are very blessed that our Business Development Manager, Alan,  is a chef by trade. We are always treated to delicious recipes from Alan, and we thought it was time to share some of these tasty dishes with our Child Paths community. We are aware that a lot of parents may be back to the office now so all these recipes are with that in mind, so they are nutritious, tasty and easy to make! 


1. Traditional Soda Bread


● 250g wholemeal flour

● 200g plain white flour

● 1 teasp. bread soda, (sieved)

● 1 teasp. salt

● 1 egg

● 350ml buttermilk, approx.

● 1 teasp. Honey


1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F).

2. Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a bowl.

3. Combine the egg with the buttermilk and honey then mix into the flour. Add a little

more buttermilk if the mixture is dry – it should be a soft dough.

4. Pour the dough into a lightly oiled loaf tin.

5. Sprinkle the sesame seeds or porridge oats over the top of the loaf if using.

6. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

7. To know when it is cooked simply tap the bottom of the loaf – it will sound hollow

when it is fully cooked

8. Remove from the tin and wrap in a clean tea towel while cooling. This will keep

the crust soft.

2. Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Mash


● 450g lean minced beef

● 1 tbsp oil

● 1 onion chopped

● 60 grams of garden peas

● 2 carrots, peeled and diced

● 1 tbsp. plain flour

● 400g tin tomatoes

● 2 tbsp. tomato purée

● 125ml water

● Salt and black pepper

● 1 kg Sweet potatoes, cooked

● 1 egg yolk

● 1 tbsp Butter

● 1 litre milk or cream


1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.

2. Add the onion and cook until soft. Remove from the pan and keep warm.

3. Heat a little more oil in the pan and brown the meat.

4. Stir in the flour and cook for a few minutes.

5. Add in the onions, peas, carrots, tomatoes, purée, water, salt and pepper.

6. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes.

7. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F).

8. Pour the mince mixture into a baking dish.

9. Mash the sweet potatoes with the egg yolk, butter, milk or cream and salt and

pepper. Pile the sweet potatoes on top of the mince and score with a fork.

10.Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the sweet potato is nicely


3. Yummy Pancakes



● 250gr self-raising white flour (standard flowers work too, they just come out


● 1 pinch of salt

● 30 gr caster sugar

● 2 eggs

● 500 ml milk (room temperature)

● 60 gr Irish creamy butter

● A small dollop of butter for cooking




1. Mix the flour, eggs and the caster sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix well and then add the milk slowly to the mixture, stirring all the time to make

a smooth batter. Use a whisk if you can as it helps it come out smoother, then

leave it to rest.

3. Melt the butter in the microwave then slowly add it to your batter and mix again.

Cover your batter with cling film and put it in the fridge to rest for an hour or a

little longer.

4. Once ready, heat a non stick pan and add a dollop of butter until it melts and

coats its base. Pour a ladle of batter in the pan and move the pan so that it forms

a thin pancake, then leave to cook for about a minute.

5. After that time, the bottom side of the pancake should be cooked enough to allow

for easy flipping/turning. Flip and cook for an extra minute, then remove, put on a

dish and sprinkle with sugar, then repeat with all the others. Serve hot.


Serving suggestions

Honey, mixed fresh berries, nutella & marshmallows, fresh cream, butter, ice-cream etc.

4. Delicious Apple Cake



● 300g flour

● 15g baking powder

● 150g sugar

● 3 eggs

● 100g butter

● 100ml milk

● 4 small apples (if using large cooking apples, 2 are more than enough)

● Grated lemon rind (or a few drops of lemon juice)




1. Grease a tin with butter and set aside

2. In a large bowl, mix the sugar and butter, then slowly

3. Slowly add the eggs, one by one, mixing well after adding each one

4. Add the milk and mix

5. Add the lemon and mix

6. Add the flour and baking powder

7. Mix very well until all ingredients come together to form a sticky, heavy dough

8. Peel the apples and add them to your mixture

9. Mix well

10. Pour into the tin container and flatten so that all the base is occupied and the top

of the cake is level

11. Use a spoon to sprinkle sugar on top

12. Bake in a preheated oven for 40 min at 180C

13. Serve!

5. Tortilla pizza




● spray oil

● 4 wholewheat, plain flour or corn tortillas (about 19cm/71⁄2in diameter)

● 1 small garlic clove, halved

● 400g tin chopped tomatoes (preferably with herbs)

● 125g grated cheese cheddar & mozzarella

● 280g jar roasted red and yellow peppers, drained (about 175g/6oz of actual


● 70g/21⁄2oz rocket

● flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper




1. Turn the oven ideally as high as it will go, making sure two shelves are in place –

about 240C/220C Fan/Gas 8.

2. Spray a bit of oil on two large baking trays and put two tortillas on each. S

3. Spray a little more on top of the tortillas and then rub the cut side of the garlic all

over the tortillas – this gives the pizza extra flavour.

4. Divide the chopped tomatoes evenly between the 4 tortillas, spreading them out

but leaving a 1.5cm/3⁄4in border.

5. Divide the cheese and peppers evenly over the top.

6. Pop both trays into the oven to bake for about 4-6 minutes (depending on how

hot your oven is), or until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are crisp and

golden-brown on their edges. Swap the trays around on the shelves half way

through for even cooking.

7. Remove the tortillas from the oven and slide onto serving plates. Top with the

rocket and basil (if using).

8. Season with a little scattering of salt and pepper.


6. Wholesome Beef Stew



● 800g of lean diced beef

● 3 tbsp plain flour (can be gluten free)

● 2 tbsp oil

● 1 medium onion, chopped

● 2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped

● 3 medium carrots, sliced

● 500g waxy potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks

● 1.1 litre beef stock

● 2 tbsp tomato puree

● 2 tsp brown sauce

● 3 sprigs of fresh thyme

● 2 bay leaves




1. Add the diced beef and the flour to a large sandwich bag, close the top and then

shake the beef around until it has been coated in all the flour.

2. Heat the oil in a casserole dish or large shallow pan. Add the onions and cook for

2-3 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

3. Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and put them in a bowl.

4. Add the flour coated beef to the pan. You can add more oil at this stage if you

think it is needed.

5. Fry the beef for 3-4 minutes until it has browned on all sides.

6. Add back in the onions and garlic along with the rest of the ingredients. If you

can’t fit all the stock in the pan at this stage just add as much as you can. As the

stock reduces you can add more.

7. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cover loosely with a lid and

leave to simmer for 1 hour, stirring a few times.

8. After 1 hour remove the lid and continue to simmer for another hour, stirring

every so often.

9. Enjoy!

If you decide to make any of these dishes, please tag us on our social media channels! We would love to see your creations!