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My Spin on Things

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

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

bowl of soup

One of my favourite winter soups is African Peanut Soup, a combination of stock, peanuts, sweet potatoes, onions and some heat. There are many variations of this soup, but in general it’s a very thick, hearty, slightly spicy main course soup that is usually served with rice. Peanuts are widely available in Africa but with […]

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Blueberry Crumble serves 8

I love to use frozen fruits and berries in the middle of winter. It really makes me feel like a bit of summer is in the house. To glam this blueberry crumble up serve it warm in tea cups with a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream your call. Berries: 6 cups […]

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Orange Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze Serves 12

This lighter version of cheesecake is an awesome combination of orange and chocolate. Make it the night before for cheesecake perfection. You’ll need a food processor, a stand mixer or an electric beater to make it. Ingredients: 1 – 284 mL can mandarin orange segments in light syrup, optional Cheesecake: 2 – (250 g) pkg. light […]

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Host Gift Season ~ thinking beyond wine, flowers or chocolate

My mom taught me that you always bring a host/hostess gift when you get invited over to someone’s place for dinner or a party or a tea party or a, well, any kind of invite. And as a good daughter I took her advice, at least on this one thing. Some other bits of wisdom, […]

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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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