Meet your local host Ciara at the entrance to the local Milk market in Limerick city, a busy and lively canopy-covered market. As you walk around and discover local and regional produce sold by Ciara's favored vendors (many of whom she knows very well), you'll purchase a few ingredients for your vegan cooking demo. In Ciara's charming kitchen, you will learn to cook a global vegan meal from recipes she has created on her own. Your meal may include dishes such as a smoked carrot pate served on black cabbage with a dill dressing, an aubergine and wild mushroom pie topped with sweet potato and crunchy radishes, and a dessert of chocolate and coconut cake or chocolate mint mousse. Your cooking demonstration will last about two hours, during which you will watch Ciara make three different dishes from scratch, while chatting, eating and helping her prepare a few of the ingredients for the meal. Once the food is ready, you will sit down together to enjoy the meal.
Ciara is a true artist with food and is able to create delicious vegan treats that make you forget there is no meat in the meal. Ciara’s love for cooking started as a four-year old helping her mother make meatballs and curries in the kitchen. She has been cooking ever since! As a teenager, she catered parties and later studied hotel management and cooked professionally, running kitchens in Sydney. A vegetarian herself, she was disheartened when cooking tons of meat professionally and decided to become a vegan. She wanted to cook the things she enjoyed cooking and eating and started offering 100% vegan cooking classes. Ciara likes to encourage people to eat a more plant-based diet by cooking delicious vegan foods that she sells in local Irish markets. She recently released a cookbook titled “Happy Vegan Christmas”! She is passionate about bringing people happiness through food and by introducing them to delightful flavor combinations that she has perfected in a variety of kitchens from Sydney to London to Limerick, and excited to share her cooking talents with travelers! Please note: This is not a hands-on cooking class, but a cooking demonstration in which you will have the chance to watch an expert cook, and learn the tips and techniques involved in putting together a vegan meal.