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my Canadian: fantastic Canadian-style foods for the Manx consumer

my Canadian was started in early 2010 in Douglas, Isle of Man by Ellen Paul. Born in Ottawa to a Canadian mother and Scottish father she moved to Scotland in 1990. Marrying a Scotsman did not induce her to master the art of cooking haggis, neeps an’ tatties as Ellen always used her excellent Canadian recipes whenever entertaining. Ellen’s love of sharing this fantastic food with Scottish and Manx friends is the foundation of
my Canadian.

Using locally sourced ingredients where possible, all her products are made on the Island. When putting together her business idea in 2009, Ellen realised that not only were her recipes adapted to suit a gluten-free diet, but there was also a gap in the market for this kind of product. “Being Coeliac is boring”, and yet you don’t have to be wheat- and gluten-free to enjoy her foods! Best sellers include savoury Garlic Crab Spread, slightly sweet Cranberry Pecan Spread, mildly spicy and perfect with crisps Delicious Curry Dip and heavenly Creamy Delight.

You can find my Canadian products at the Farmers’ Markets from April to November, at Tynwald Mills, Thursdays, 11am-3pm; The Villa Marina Colonnade, Douglas, the first Saturday of each month, 10am-2pm, and at special events such as Tynwald Day, The Southern Show and The Food and Drink Festival. Ellen has also participated in both North Quay markets in Douglas. Over the Christmas period, my Canadian were at The Villa Marina Colonnade on Saturday, December 18th for a special Christmas Farmers’ Market and at Tynwald Mills on Thursday, December 23rd. The first Douglas Farmers’ Market of 2011 was on Saturday, January 8th and the next on will be held on the 5th February. From this year you can also find them at the Castletown Farmers’ Market which is the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Here are some photos of my Canadian products to feast your eyes on:

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Ellen is a strong supporter of the Farmers’ Market and believes that we should all support our local Manx farmers as well as all producers of good quality food and products made here on the Island. You can reach her on the web at www.mycanadian.co.uk.

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