Parent and Child Course – one of my favourites!

Anyone who has read my bog over the past few years will know that it was always a dream of mine to open up my Cookery School and I have loved every minute since that dream came true. I love sharing my passion for cooking with people and one of my most favourite courses is the Parent and Child course. It is such great fun and to see the interest the kids have in food and cooking and also their ability I know that the future of Irish food is in good hands.  We have two Parent and Child courses coming up and a few spaces have just become availabledue to a few cancellations! We would love to see you there. Oh, and here is one of the dishes we will be cooking on the day!

PARENT AND CHILD… One of my favourite courses. Love to see the passion for cooking the kids have. Pic from Saucepan Kids.

Pitta Pizza

Serves 4


  • 4 whole wheat pitta breads
  • 4 tsp sun-dried tomato purée
  • Cherry vine tomatoes, cut into halves
  • ½ Red Onion, Sliced
  • 85g Streaky Bacon , Cooked
  • 50g mozzarella , Balls
  • few basil leaves , if you like


Heat oven to 180C fan/gas 6 and put a baking sheet inside to heat up. Spread each pitta with 1 tsp purée. Top with the tomatoes, red onion, bacon and mozzarella.

Place on the hot sheet and bake for 10 mins until the pittas are crisp, the cheese has melted and the chorizo has frazzled edges. Scatter with basil, if you like, and serve with a green salad.

Basic Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ can chopped tomatoes, blended
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


Heat the oil in a saucepan. Cook the tomatoes and garlic for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally until softened.

Add the tinned tomatoes and fresh basil. Simmer for 10minutes until the sauce has reduced slightly.

Remove from the heat. Season and set aside to cool.

For pasta you can add red peppers to this recipe for an extra kick, cook them a little before the tomatoes until softened. To serve pour the hot sauce over warm pasta and finish with grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves

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One Response to Parent and Child Course – one of my favourites!

  1. Victoria Mcleish says:

    My youngest daughter is 10. She loves food! Big time. She cooks but generally on the sweet or cheesy side. Would love to have her inspired. My parents are friends of Tom & Margaret Murphy who are so good and kind and have taken them to your place before and due again soon. You are so kind to their family over the years.
    Would love to to share your experience with my Sophia. If there is a space please keep us in mind. Best wishes, Victoria Mcleish.

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