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Homemade Westcoast Crackers & Seasonings Cookbook Giveaway

Homemade Westcoast Crackers & Seasonings Cookbook Giveaway

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Look Mom, I’m in my first cookbook!

It doesn’t have my name on the cover, but I am very proud to have been included in Seasonings, Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands by Pender Island residents and friends, Andrea & David Spalding.

Highlighting some of the food growers, gatherers, producers and cooks across Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Saltspring, the recipes in Seasonings reflect the variety and abundance of island food throughout the seasons, and include four celebration menus contributed by the region’s top chefs.


Which, apparently, includes me!  I had the pleasure and honour of contributing a three-course dinner menu for the Winter Solstice:

  • Hazlenut Bisque
  • Beef Wellington & Baked Golden Beets
  • Caramel Pound Cake with Brandied Apples

Andrea and David also gave me a lovely little write-up, including an explanation of what I do all day.

As an online-cook/chef, my day is a little different than your average industry professional.  While a restaurant cook may spend 12+ hour days in their kitchen at work, I spend an equal number of hours at home, split between sitting on the chair in my office, writing, and standing on the fatigue-reducing rubber mat in the kitchen, creating new recipes.  In between, I talk and type up both IV and my other blog, Outlander Kitchen, to anyone who will listen.

It can be real grind and I have to dig deep for inspiration some days, but I wouldn’t change what I do for anything in the world. (Well, I would take a steady paycheque, but that’s getting closer…)

pre-baked crackers

This homemade version of Raincoast Crisps is heavily adapted from Mae Moore’s Wetcoast Cracker recipe in Seasonings.  Preferring homemade to paying $8+ a box crackers (no matter how delicious), Mae created a recipe from the ingredient list on the box and then generously passed it on to several Pender neighbours, including me.

As many of you know, I am incapable of using a recipe as anything more than a guideline.  So my version of Mae’s crackers are quite different.  Both are delicious.  If you want to try Mae’s, you’ll have to buy the book. ;)

Or, follow the instructions below the recipe to enter to win a signed copy of Seasonings from Island Vittles!

(Click on the title below for a printable version of the recipe.)

: Homemade Westcoast Crisps

: The homemade version of those delicious, artisanal crackers…you know, the really expensive ones that you love…but your wallet doesn’t.

  • Flour (all-purpose, ww, spelt, rye or a combination) – 2 cups
  • Baking Soda – 2 tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Buttermilk – 2 Cups
  • Brown Sugar – ¼ Cup
  • Honey – 1/4 cup
  • Raisins – 1 Cup
  • Walnuts, chopped – ½ Cup
  • Pumpkin Seeds, roasted – ½ Cup
  • Sesame or Flax Seeds – ¼ Cup
  • Fresh Rosemary, chopped – 2 Tble
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease (4) mini loaf pans or (2) 8″x4″ loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the buttermilk, brown sugar and honey and stir a few strokes. Add the raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and rosemary and stir just until blended.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Slice the loaves about 1/8″ thick and place the slices in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet. If you used regular sized loaf pans, cut each cracker in half.
  6. Reduce the oven heat to 300° F and bake them for about 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes, until crisp and deep golden. Cool on a rack. Store in a sealed container.
  7. Serve with cheese, chutneys, or all by themselves


  • You can freeze the unsliced loaves until needed.  When ready to use, partially defrost, slice, then proceed as instructed for the second bake.
  • Be adventurous — or frugal — use whatever nuts and seeds take your fancy, or those that happen to be in your pantry. (I made a rhyme!)

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Copyright © 2009-2012 Island Vittles/Theresa Carle-Sanders. Don’t Steal – Karma’s Real.

And now for the big giveaway!  Enter to win an author-signed copy of Seasonings, Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands (hopefull) in time for Christmas.

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, telling me what your favourite Island Vittles recipe or post is, and why.
  2. For a 2nd entry, subscribe to Island Vittles’ posts – Choose “Subscribe to IV’s RSS” or “Receive new posts by email” located near the top on the right sidebar.
  3. For a 3rd entry, tweet the title and link of your favourite Island Vittles recipe on Twitter.  Make sure to tag me @IslandVittles to ensure I see your tweet.

The contest is open until 6pm, PST (GMT-8), Sunday, December 9th, 2012.  I will pick the winners with the help of a random number generator and make the big announcement on Monday, December 10th.


  1. Oh, way yum. I have to pick a favorite? I can’t. Can I go with most memorable? It was the stinging nettles one where you did video and it was fun to see you and hear your voice. You made some really cool stuff with the nettles, but it was the gathering video that I loved.

  2. Carole Resnick
    November 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    All of your recipes are great. I can’t choose one.

  3. Alylene
    November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I’ve tried several and my husbands favorite is the onion gravy, nummy good. I made a stock from IV from my turkey carcass turned out so great.

  4. Kerri Geppert
    November 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’m a new subscriber to your blog and have bounced around a bit on your recipe list so I don’t have a favorite favorite yet. However, your Meatloaf Hand Pies with the cheddar crust will be right up there. They were a hit with all the men in my house and the few that were leftover quickly disappeared the next day.

  5. April
    November 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I came here via Outlander so this is a great new find! Unfortunately, I don’t get to say a favorite recipe here! No worries. I’ll get the 2nd one ;)

  6. Laura
    November 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I really look forward to all your great recipes. I really enjoyed the ones you sent on your vacation
    while traveling around Britain. Great for us stuck at home…like we were packed in your suitcase
    and traveling along and enjoy all the sites and tastes. I’m a really big fan of the Outlander series
    so appreciate all your recipes.

  7. Andrea Spalding
    November 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the mention of Seasonings in your Blog Theresa. Of course we included you!!!! Love your food.

  8. Shelley
    November 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    My favorite Island Vittles recipe is still the one for Theresa’s delicious Tomato Jam! I’ve made this the past two summers with an abundance of garden tomatoes.

    I would be a most grateful recipient of a copy of the “Seasonings, Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands” cookbook!

    Thanks for all of the great cooking ideas that you share, and Happy Holidays!

  9. Elaine Boyle
    November 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Just found this through Outlander Kitchen – your recipes look really interesting!

  10. Lorilei Cochran
    November 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    FAVE? Ummm, your bacon and asparagus Quiche are on my TO DO list. We love quiche around here or frittatas. And I’ll have to make the crackers on this post. They look AMAzing.

  11. Lorilei Cochran
    November 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Bacon and Aspargus Quiche!

  12. Lindsey
    November 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I haven’t tried too many IV recipes (been too busy with the OK ones), but my favorite so far is the tomato jam. Not quick, but very simple, requires very little effort and has amazing flavors! I liked it so much I even blogged about it! Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on your first cookbook appearance!

  13. Richard Fox
    November 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    As I’ve commented before, you have an uncanny knack to post recipes just at the precise time I need them, like your Meyers lemon chicken recipe right after I was given a bag of Meyer’s lemons and needed to cook for friends, and then the cauliflower mash when I needed a lo-carb potato substitute for a Thanksgiving dinner. Both were delicious!

  14. Mary Boyd
    November 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Theresa: This is NOT an entry–’cause I just won an OK contest; HOWEVER, I want to say that this book looks delightful. Congrats on being included. (If you draw my name (!) toss it away and draw another.)

  15. Marlen
    November 30, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I am hosting a Martini night in a couple of days and those are so going to be on the snack menu :-)
    They look so yummy!!

  16. Carolyn
    November 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Huge, HUGE congrats Theresa!!! Your recipes rock so they are most definitely cookbook worthy. And how funny that we made such similar crackers from different sources of inspiration. :)

  17. Carina Rodebak
    December 1, 2012 at 4:30 am

    My choice is the recipe of salten Moroccan Lemons, which I´m planning to make a try at this week-end, my shop having a sale on organic grown lemons going on.

  18. Toni | Boulder Locavore
    December 1, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Not entering just congratulating Theresa! I’ve always enjoyed you site and recipes and am delighted you are spreading to print!

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