S3E2: Dark of Winter Squared



Welcome back listeners (and readers) to the second episode of season 3 and of 2019! Did you miss us cause we missed recording for ya! We are going to wrap up the theme of Dark of Winter with Cori’s pick, but first! What are we eating and drinking this week?

What We Are Drinking and Eating

This week, we’re drinking Plum Deluxe’s Tea Club Vanilla Hot Toddy Tea. Kyrie signed up for their monthly tea subscription so she (and Cori) get to try some delicious tea that is not open to the public! If you’d like to try it out, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and get 10% off your first order! For eating, Kyrie brought over her fool-proof Banana Bread because she was strapped for time, and well, banana bread. It’s moist (Kyrie loves that word, do you?!), banana-ey, and packed with cinnamon and cloves (Kyrie’s secret ingredients). We have a lively debate about recipe sharing that you don’t want to miss.  Recipe is below.

What We Are Reading

Cori’s pick was The Winters by Lisa Gabrielle.  After much deliberation, this book was picked for three reasons. First, the cover was pretty.  Second, a book with winter in the title seemed like a good idea. Third, it’s a modern re-telling of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  How do you feel about modern re-tellings? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Comment and let us know your opinion and any favorites you might have.  It is a bit of a mystery with some twists and turns. We tried our best to not spoil any major plot points, but listeners beware.

Kyrie’s Banana Bread:

  • 3 to 4 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Small pinch of cloves
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.

2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour, cinnamon, and cloves.

4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving.


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