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My Spin on Things

These posts are part of Mair’s “My Spin on Things” blog.

Holiday Traditions

Growing up in the Smith house Christmas was THE most magical time of the year for me. My Mom was Christmas itself. She loved everything about Christmas.  (For the record my birthday or as I like to call “It’s all about Mairlyn Day” is the other most magical day) Our house was so festooned over the […]

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Oat Bran Cereal

A hot breakfast made with oat bran cereal can be ready in about 5 minutes. Quicker to make than regular steel cut oats or regular large flake rolled oats, hot oat bran cereal is high in cholesterol lowering fibre aka soluble fibre. New research suggests that diets filled with fibre can not only support the […]

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Can’t get to sleep?

You haul yourself off to bed with a million details buzzing around your head and big surprise the coveted ZZZZ’s don’t happen. Here are some tips for helping you get to sleep every night: Say bye-bye to caffeine late in the day. Many woman as they approach menopause become caffeine sensitive, which explains why they […]

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Masala Chai

Chai is made with black tea, spices and milk and is served all over India.  With the huge influence of Indian cuisine in the UK, the best cup of chai I’ve ever had was at Dishoom’s in Edinburgh With a big nod to them, here is my spin on their house chai, a strong cup of […]

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How to Cook the Perfect Roast

After an appearance on Cityline in September I have had so many emails asking how I cook a roast, so I thought I’d better share my method. After I wrote Homegrown with the Ontario Home Economics Association and member Joyce Parslow PHEc shared Canada Beef’s method for cooking the perfect roast, it has become my […]

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Sweet Potato & Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

As a big believer in all things local, I love supporting our local Ontario farmers.  Every time you choose a locally grown or produced food you support the farmers and our economy. This Shepherd’s Pie embraces locally grown produce and turkey, all from Ontario. Family friendly and easy to make, I adapted the recipe from […]

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Roasted Roma Tomatoes

Capture the taste of summer and roast Romas for those long winter months when is so bleak outside you lose the memory of a hot sunny day! Tip: you probably will wish you had made a double batch….if you do, go ahead and double everything including the pan. Roast in two separate pans on two […]

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