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My Spin on Things

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

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 it’s 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. Roast in two separate pans on two separate racks in […]

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Fudge Brownies – gluten free

Makes 16 – 2×2 inch squares OR one enormous brownie for a true fudgy-style brownie lover Flashback to 1993. I was a newly divorced mother of a three-year-old and my life wasn’t all that rosy looking. I was struggling with finances, keeping up with my mortgage payments, being a mom and trying to get my […]

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My Top Toronto Ice Cream Shops

Bless the Food Gods because Ice Cream Season is in full swing. Officially July is Ice Cream Month ~ who knew there was a designated month to eat ice cream in? As a self proclaimed ice cream-aholic, I celebrate Ice Cream Month every month of the year. Ice cream is my weakness and my best […]

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Scotland – my travel log

When you trace my roots I’m mostly Scottish, with a close tie for second place going to my English and Irish heritage. Many moons ago, after graduating from university, my best friend and I traveled to the UK and Europe. We were backpacking and staying at B&B’s, spending a night here and a night there. […]

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