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Backyard Fresh Fig and Thyme Galette with Salted Caramel Drizzle

Backyard Fresh Fig and Thyme Galette      with Salted Caramel Drizzle

Off the shore of Canada’s west coast lies a food lover’s island paradise. Vancouver Island’s temperate climate nurtures a bounty of wild foods, heritage grains, organic produce, sustainable meats and artisan-crafted edible delights. Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea brings Vancouver Island’s abundant food scene into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere.


I live for fig season. This simple galette is the perfect way to showcase fresh figs at their peak of ripeness. The thyme adds a wonderful savoury quality that beautifully balances the sweetness. —el


½ cup full-fat sour cream

2 eggs, divided

4 Tbsp honey, divided

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 batch of chilled galette pastry (see below)

4 sprigs thyme, leaves only, divided, plus additional thyme leaves and sprigs for garnish

1 lb fresh figs, halved

Coarse sugar 



¾ cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp water 

1/3 cup whipping (35%) cream 

1 tsp flaked sea salt 


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk tog …

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Shelf Talkers for the Dark Days of November

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean November isn’t dark enough all on its own. Is there something inherently spooky about the autumn that lends itself to a celebration of the darker mysteries around us?

With the waning of the year, we’re surrounded by reminders of mortality, from the crunch of leaves underfoot to the snap of cold in the air in the morning to the faint whispers of smoke in the distance. And along with those reminders, the early evenings and the lengthening shadows hint at secrets beyond the darkness, beyond the divide between life and death ... Though perhaps that’s just me.

Or not.

The daring independent booksellers of the Shelf Talkers column have taken a peek into the darkness and come up with a great selection of titles for November, some fiction and a couple of local, true-to-life collections that will chill you to the bone and give you the perfect excuse to lock the door and pretend you’re not home. You’re not hiding, you’re reading.


The Bookseller: Colin Holt, Bolen Books (Victoria, BC)

The Pick: The Haunting of Vancouver Island, by Shanon Sinn

It is the perfect time of year to brush up on your scary stories, and Shanon Sinn is here, with a compelling investigation into supernatural events and local lore on Vancouver Isla …

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