Ciara Brennan

Ciara Brennan has been a vegetarian for as long as she can remember. Her mother reckons it’s because she saw a dead pheasant on the dinner table when she was very small and since then Ciara did everything she could to eat only plant-based food. Anything that resembled meat on her plate ended up on the floor or in the dog’s mouth!

Ciara Brennan has been a vegetarian for as long as she can remember.  Her mother reckons it’s because she saw a dead pheasant on the dinner table when she was very small and since then Ciara did everything she could to eat only plant-based food.  Anything that resembled meat on her plate ended up on the floor or in the dog’s mouth!

Despite this Ciara always had a passion for food and cooking in particular. That passion led her from Dublin to Shannon where she studied Hotel Management so that she could become a chef.  

During college, she enjoyed work placements in various types of kitchens from cafés all the way up to five-star restaurants.  It was a strange time for her as she found that her vegetarian diet just wasn’t compatible with chef training, because she had to cook and taste meat in order to satisfy her customers. She was supposed to be living the dream, working in fabulous restaurants in cities such as Geneva, but it actually dulled her passion for cooking so much that she gave it up professionally and moved into Human Resource Management.

However her passion for cooking never went away, and when she decided, along with her teenage daughter Shaena to go VEGAN, she decided to put all her beliefs, experiences and passions together and cook again, creating “Happy Food at Home”. 

Around this time Ciara received a breast cancer diagnosis. She had surgery and went through treatment and is fully recovered and more determined than ever to live a VEGAN lifestyle.  

Since its inception in 2016, Happy Food at Home has gone from strength to strength as a plant based bespoke catering and pop up business in various locations throughout Limerick and Clare.  In December 2017 Ciara self published her first cookbook -  “Happy Vegan Christmas.”  As an advocate for the plant based diet, she is regularly invited to share its merits on radio and at cookery demonstrations.

Cookery Demonstrations & Appearances

Ciara enjoys sharing her plant based knowledge and demonstrating how to make her flavoursome dishes at the Limerick Milk Market, home to her anchor stall.  She is regularly invited to showcase her expertise at festivals across Ireland and is available to deliver one on one and group cookery lessons that suit all skills levels in the privacy of your home,  Ciara is committed to providing the best learning experience with personal guidance, support and assistance.  Classes feature hands on learning opportunities with specially selected recipes and include advice on how to source the best ingredients and produce.

  • Dingle Food Festival
  • Taste of Dublin
  • Limerick Pigtown Food Series
  • Clare Food & Drink Festival
  • Upcoming appearance at Taste of Dublin Festive in December 2019

Locations

Thursdays – Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Fridays – Ennis Farmers’ Market, Roslevan, Ennis, Co Clare

Saturdays - Anchor Stall can be found upstairs in the Little Top Café at the Limerick Milk Market on Saturdays

Sundays – Herbert Park, Dublin

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