Episode 1.2-Pride & Prejudice Background

This is our second episode of our Pride & Prejudice month! By now you have listened to Episode 1 and you know all about the #SALAD and #gingaSNAPS. You’ve heard us giggle, and get waaaayyy too drunk. You might have even heard our other two co-hosts, Victoria’s Cats. This new episode is our more academic episode. This episode is everything you need to know to truly understand the Regency Era (1811-1820). We also discuss Miss Jane (Stone Cold) Austen, her life, love, and writing. Grab your glass of the #Princesjunglejuice and join us for our Regency discussion.

 

Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

Episode 1: Reflections and an Explanation

Adventures in Podcasting

Ahoy, mateys! Gather round for the tale of our maiden voyage upon the S.S. Loaded Literature!


New endeavors often begin with a walloping dose of enthusiasm. Ideas pollinate the air as the new venture begins and excitement blossoms. All the hard stuff—the real nitty-gritty planning—lies just over the horizon where you can’t see it when a new idea sprouts its pretty, little head in your mind. But, as you’re enthusiastically frolicking through a field of new possibilities, you should keep one eye on that horizon, so you don’t end up tripping over your own feet when you hit the implementation phase of your venture.

We, the lovely ladies of Loaded Literature, know first hand the importance of keeping one eye on the horizon. The idea for this podcast came to us last year. Our first recording attempt occurred in January. You may be wondering: what the hell happened between January and June? To be succinct, we face planted. For some of us, this was a both a metaphorical and a literal faceplant.


We started off strong, though! As we describe in our analysis episode of Pride & Prejudice, the tea party was a hit. The food was great—minus my own cakes—and the drinks were flowing. Probably flowing a little too much.  As we finally sat down (drinks at the ready) to record after a night of nervous eating, we couldn’t do much but giggle. And overthink our format. And then spend almost three hours not talking about the plot of the novel, or the adaptations, or anything more important than Charlotte Lucas. Or that’s as much as I can remember, considering I ended the night on the face down on the floor.


Since that first recording, we ended up totally changing the format of the show, discovered a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a podcast that no one tells you about, and we learned not to pregame before recording (at least not too much). Basically, we found out the hard way that turning your bright new idea into a reality is not as easy as talking about it—whudda thunk? But, we gathered together our remaining chutzpah, and tried again. I’m proud to say that it has been much smoother recording since then.


After our second attempt at recording Pride & Prejudice was a success, we were left with a conundrum: what to do with our first attempt? We had a couple of ideas. Saving it as a bonus episode for a later date. Turning the best bits into a blooper reel. Scrapping it entirely. As we listened though, we found that there were some bits simply too charming and genuine to leave out. So, what’s a gaggle of hags to do? Why, call upon their good friend and co-host Victor-ia “Frankenstein” Grey to scrap the freshest bits together and bring it to life!

 

So as you’re listening to our very first episode, please don’t be alarmed at any sudden changes in sound quality, jarring topic jumping, or strange misinformation (please read the following post for edits and important information we were unable to shove into the recording last minute!). Don’t listen to the first episode and view it as a bunch of audio clips of drunk women slapped together. Instead, choose to think of it as distilled enthusiasm. The past week has been a wild one for us. Victoria “Rumplstilskin” Grey has been spinning recordings into podcasting gold. Hale has been doing all the heavy lifting clerical work. And I’ve been crying in the shower. We made it over the horizon though and still have enthusiasm to burn.

Following episodes will be better, we promise. And if I am ever allowed to write a blog post again, I promise to work with more cohesive metaphors. Until then, enjoy listening and hop aboard!
— Anya

A Note on Formatting and Frequency

So, you’ve just finished the first episode of Loaded Literature and are thinking to yourself, “Holy molasses, Batman! I have to wait an entire month for the next episode?” If you just can’t bear to hear us chat some more about your favorite books, fear not! Loaded Literature will be returning next Wednesday at 10 a.m. wherever you get your podcasts!

Between our first recording and our first episode release, a lot has changed here at Loaded Literature. You can find a more detailed account in our blog post accompanying Episode 1, but I’ll lay out the gist of our formatting and frequency here.

We’ll cover a single novel over the course of three weeks with one episode per week. The first week will be an analysis that covers our general thoughts. The second will be devoted to the context of a given novel. This could range from biographical information of the author to a deep dive into the mythology that inspired the subject. The third week will cover adaptations of all types be it movies, TV series, or even literary re-imaginings. And then we repeat!

So, tune in next week as we dig into the Regency Period and Jane Austen’s personal history!

Episode 1-Pride & Prejudice-Analysis

Jane Austen is one of the most popular novelists of the 19th century. She has a cult following, and her books have been made into many adaptations. Her novels have inspired writers to create sequels, and her writing influenced many women writers to come. We are excited to announce our first book for the book club: Pride & Prejudice.

Episode 1-Analysis

 

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Intro-Limes:

https://soundcloud.com/limes-3

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5o4dgimn1R07w1d2ZzpzpP

 

Outro-Joe Bae:

https://soundcloud.com/joe-bae-4

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7BpL4nhNnrTDvC5Qb0p2h6

Episode 1: The Regency Tea Party

Interested in having your own Regency inspired tea party? We got you covered! Recipes for everything we made (so just not the ginger snaps) are listed below plus our own ratings. Pinkies up!

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Oat Bread: 4/5

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/oatmeal-toasting-and-sandwich-bread-recipe

Ingredients

3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour or Organic Bread Flour
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
2 teaspoons instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast*
1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk
3/4 cup raisins or currants (optional)

Directions


*If you use active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.
Combine all of the ingredients, mixing to form a shaggy dough. Knead the dough — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until it’s smooth.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow it to rest for 1 hour; it’ll become quite puffy, though it may not double in bulk.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled surface, and shape it into a log. Place the log in a lightly greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until it’s crested 1″ to 2″ over the rim of the pan.
Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes, until a digital thermometer inserted into the center registers 190°F. If the bread appears to be browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil for the final 10 minutes of baking.
Remove the bread from the oven, wait a couple of minutes, then turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
Store bread at room temperature, well wrapped, for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Clotted Cream: 4/5

https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/how-to-make-clotted-cream/

Ingredients

2 pints heavy cream (not ultrapasteurized)
a heavy casserole dish

Directions

Set your oven to 180F.
Pour the cream into the casserole dish. It should come up about 1-3 inches on the side.
Set the dish, uncovered, in the oven and leave undisturbed for 12 hours. Be sure to leave the oven on the whole time. I do this overnight.
Remove the dish from the oven and set to cool. Then cover and refrigerate.
The next morning scoop the thickened cream into a jar or jars, and cover and put back in the refrigerator. You can use the leftover cream for baking..
Spread the clotted cream on freshly baked scones.

Honey Cream Scones: 5/5

http://www.platingsandpairings.com/honey-cream-scones/

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
3 tablespoons Tate+Lyle® Honey Granules plus more for sprinkling, or sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1/3 cup heavy cream plus more for brushing
2 large eggs lightly beaten

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper; set aside.
Sift flour, Tate+Lyle® honey granules, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until largest pieces are the size of small peas.
Using a fork, whisk together the cream and eggs in a large glass measuring cup. Make a well in the center of flour mixture, and pour in cream mixture. Stir lightly with fork just until the dough comes together (do not overmix), and gather into a rough, shaggy ball.
Set the rough ball in the center of the prepared baking sheet and pat it gently into a round about 1 inch thick and 7 inches in diameter.
With a sharp knife or a pastry scraper, cut the round into eight wedges; separate the wedges. Brush the scones with additional heavy cream and sprinkle with additional Tate+Lyle® honey granules. Bake until the scones are deep golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a wedge comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let the scones cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Regent’s Punch: 6/5

Ingredients

*Makes 3 liters of Punch, serving 12 – scale the recipe as necessary
750ml (1 bottle) of champagne or sparkling white substitute
750ml of green tea (we used 18g of our Japan Sencha, for its light and refreshing nature).
325ml of dark rum (1/2 bottle)
325ml of cognac (1/2 bottle)
250ml of orange juice
250ml of pineapple juice
250ml of lemon & lime juice
Up to 12 teaspoons of sugar (depending on how sweet your fruit juice is)
1 sliced Orange, 1 sliced lemon & 1 sliced lime to garnish

Directions
Infuse your green tea for 3-4 minutes with 750ml of boiling filtered water. The best time for the sugar to be added to your punch is now, when the tea is still hot.
Add the spirits and fruit juice and mix.
Refrigerate until cold.
Once you are ready to serve, remove the punch bowl from the fridge and add champagne, garnish and ice.

Roast Beef Sandwiches: 4/5

Ingredients
Bread
Mayo
Horseradish
Roast Beef
EVOO
Red Onions
Arugula and Kale mix
Salt and Pepper
Gorgonzola Cheese

Directions

Caramelize onions and add a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
Mix Mayo and Horseradish.
Spread evenly on thinly sliced bread and top with caramelized onions.
Layer with roast beef.
Top with arugula and kale mix, salt and pepper, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.
Finish with a few drops of balsamic and extra virgin olive oil.
Cut into triangles and serve.

Almond Cupcakes: 3/5

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/almond-cupcakes-213909#activity-feed

Ingredients

3⁄4 cup butter
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1⁄2 teaspoons almond extract
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 1⁄2 cups flour
1 1⁄4 cups milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter at medium speed until smooth, add sugar and beat until well.
Add two eggs, beat until smooth.
Dump in the rest of your ingredients (you can whisk the dry ones together in a separate bowl first as way to “quick-sift” them) and beat until nice and smooth.
Fill cupcake liners (or greased tins) 2/3 full, bake until golden brown (about 20 minutes, depending on your oven).
Makes 24 regular size or approx 10 jumbo size.

Earl Grey Frosting

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/tea-cakes-with-earl-grey-icing-recipe-1972834

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
4 large egg whites
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
2 bags Earl Grey tea

Directions

Whisk the sugar, egg whites, lemon juice and salt by hand in the bowl of a stand mixer. Empty the tea bags and add the loose tea to the bowl, then set the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water and whisk until the mixture is hot and the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Transfer the bowl to the stand mixer and beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until the mixture holds stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag, snip the corner and pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.

Promo

Do you love books and booze? Have you always wanted to join a book club, but don’t have the time or money to participate in a group? Well join us for our discussion of some of our favorite novels. Chat with us through social media, email us, and suggest other books for us to discuss. Listen to our promo below:

Welcome to Loaded Literature!

Hey guys, welcome! We’re glad to have you.

This is the official blog of the Loaded Literature Podcast. We are literature majors, bibliophiles, and book club members. We analyze and discuss literature of all kinds, old and new, canon and popular fiction, well known and obscure. We cover it all! And we’ll be drinking.

Every month we will cover a different book, and pair it with booze. We’ll often pair it thematically; something inspired by the text. We will try to pair it with food as well, but we make no promises there will be food for each text.

Here’s a teaser of our first pairing. Since we’re covering Jane Austen, we decided to go all out and have a tea party!

Tea Party

About three weeks out of each month we’ll release a segment of our discussion.

First we’ll cover the summary, the food pairing, and the analysis. SPOILER ALERT! When listening to a podcast about literature, expect endings to be ruined. We plan for the summary and analysis episode to be the longest. This is our meaty discussion, where we talk characters and relationships, situations and epic moments, what-ifs, comedy, tragedy, and literary techniques. The second episode will cover the contextual stuff. This episode will be shorter, and contain information we deem necessary for interpreting the texts we pick. These pieces of information may include, but are not limited to biographical information about the author, historical context surrounding the text, publication history if its interesting, and the random themes that pique our interests. An example of a theme from an upcoming episode will be mythological stuff, ’cause monsters, yo. This segment may also include some of our weird interests that come from the texts. This will all make sense when we get to Harry Potter, because we’ll only need to go over author bio once, which leaves more time for talking about magic. Finally in episode three we will cover adaptations. We understand not all of our texts will have adaptations, so instead we will pick some themes from the book and discuss media portrayals of it. This will make sense when we get to Three Day Road. ATTN: SUPERNATURAL FANS! Wendigos are coming.

Occasionally (when we have the time and inspiration) we will release mini episodes. These may include a week four of the book of the month, where we discuss poems that relate to the texts we’re reading. We may also occasionally release a book review. We might even do these on request! We will discuss our thoughts on the book, in a super casual way, and attempt to keep spoilers out of it. Also, don’t hold your breath on these. We are busy working women! We’ll get to them when we have time.

But seriously though. We want your involvement. We want you to feel a part of our book club. Send us requests, and if we can’t get to it in the book of the month, we’ll try to get to it in a book review. We have a long list of some of the best women and men in literature, from all over the world, and it keeps growing by the day.

Now for our inspiration for the blog. We wanted to create a way for our club members to feel connected to our podcast. We will post information about each episode on our blog, recipes for each of our pairings, information about the text, pictures, and (hopefully) some of our research to make this blog a resource for students as well.

For the first episode for example, we made many tasty goodies, but most importantly, our Regents Punch. In the first blog you can expect to find a recipe for what we dubbed “the Prince’s Jungle Juice.” We also made many other goodies, but we don’t want to spoil the first blog for you.

Here’s the Prince’s Jungle Juice

Regent's Punch 2

Notice also our “Next Book” announcement on our webpage. We will update this each month so those who want to read with us have plenty of time to prepare. Our first book will be Pride & Prejudice, so dust off your copy and get reading! We don’t have an official release date yet for our first episode, but we will update the webpage the second we know when to expect it. In the meantime, find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr to keep up with our progress in building this thing!

We look forward to book clubbing with you!

-Loaded Literature