Ubi Panis Ibi Patria. What’s Latin for Banana?

Today is an easy blogging day for me. Apart from the ridiculously delicious banana bread that will appear later in this post, I got a tweet asking me what I’m reading this week, because, not only am I in school, I write for a living, I edit academic and fictional works, AND I’m a compulsive reader, what is it that I’m reading this week?

Other than my own work, I’ll let you know, and I’ll do my best to describe/entice.

He’s either reading Proust or How To Set Panties Abalze: Book 19.

This Weekend/Week, I am reading:

A whole bunch of literary theory that is only interesting to other people who also write literary theory. (60 pages+)

Finishing up my re-read of the spectacular novel by Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers. *pic is affiliate link. 

On first glance, it’s easy to dismiss this novel which was originally published nearly 100 years ago. That would be a huge mistake. This bildungsroman about a young girl in the tenements of the Lower East Side of Manhattan is infinitely readable, and absolutely engaging. The characters are larger-than-life and the story? Captivating. Definitely read this.

It’s Sarah Vowell. Do I really need to add any more? She is one hell of a hilarious historian, and this book proves to be no different. I am PUMPED. Her books are so well-researched, but read like fiction. They’re the perfect history book.

This is the fourth book in a great series. It’s completely easy reading, and exactly what I need to wind down at the end of the day. It’s all fated mates, hot guys, and magical sexy times. Count me in.

It’s sexy magic…mike.

Liv Morris, just as Liv Morris is absolutely hilarious. So OF COURSE I’m going to read her book about an impotent ball player and his lady with a magic cure. (Hint: I think it’s under her clothes. Not Liv’s, but probably hers too.)

I’ve been dying to listen to this. I simply adore the cast, and cannot wait to just dive right in.

This, Dracula, and an earlier read this month, Rebecca, are all a part of a CFP to which I am responding. I have a tendency (like most other people) to only respond to CFPs which occur in fields and with stories that I love. I happen to love Victorian and turn-of-the-century novels–especially the darker ones. 

think that’s it. I am beta reading a few chapters for one friend and a few from another, but this is it.

Now for the delicious banana bread. It’s whole grain, which adds a nuttiness to the bread without actually having to add nuts–which everyone and their mechanic are allergic to. It is also a perfect use-up for bananas, which go bad oh so fast in the summer.

This delicious banana bread is also VEGAN. You’d never know, though. Seriously, in cakes? Impossible to tell.

Impossibly simple and delicious #vegan banana bread! Click To Tweet

Delicious Banana Bread

delicious banana bread

Yields 10 slices

Delicious Banana Bread

30 minHow Long is This Going to Take?

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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What Goes In?

  • 1/3 cup ground flax
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup canola or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar--not packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups of whole wheat flour depending on banana size. (or are you happy to see me?)
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Avengers, Assemble!

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. line a large loaf pan (9") with butter, parchment, more butter--VEGAN butter.
  3. set aside
  4. in a large mixing bowl combine flax and water,
  5. stir
  6. set aside ten minutes
  7. add wet ingredients, save milk
  8. mix on low for 2 minutes
  9. sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl
  10. spoon in dry ingredients alternating with milk
  11. when JUST combined, it should be the texture of a heavy cake batter.
  12. too loose? add flour. DO NOT OVER BEAT.
  13. pour into prepared loaf pan
  14. bake for 45 minutes,
  15. pull out, cover with foil
  16. place back in oven, cook another 10 or 15 minutes, or until skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Recipe Type: vegan, vegan desserts, breakfast, dessert, vegan breakfasts, vegan cake

Nutrition Facts
    Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 1707
  • % Daily Value*

  • Total Fat: 13 g 20%
  • Saturated Fat: g 0%
  • Cholesterol: mg 0%
  • Sodium: mg 0%
  • Potassium: mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate: 358 g %
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 65 g
  • Vitamin A: 0%
  • Calcium: mg 0%
  • Iron: mg 0%
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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