I always laughed when on television, characters boasted about how they had a "______" guy, someone who could always obtain things for them. The character Barney on How I Met Your Mother has a suit guy, a club guy, and even a guy guy, someone to find him new guys. Well, amusingly, my husband and I now have a pumpkin guy! There's a lovely farmer's market in town, and now that we're on break, we're able to get out regularly and buy our fresh produce there. It's our favorite way to spend a Saturday morning - browse some vegetables, pick out some delicious-looking carrots or sweet potatoes, buy a cinnamon roll or donut muffin, and choose a pumpkin. There's this farmer who sells heirloom pumpkins, the seeds for which have been in his family for generations. These things are so thick that they would be a terrible choice for a jack-o-lantern, and are juicy like a watermelon. We've (and by we I mean my chef husband) have turned them into pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ravioli, and now, pumpkin bread.
I'm a big fan of quick breads and muffins, and quite fond of pumpkin. There's something amazing about baking from a real, live pumpkin rather than just opening up a can. Not that I have anything against canned pumpkin! But you get a different flavor and even a different color if you start from a pumpkin you've roasted yourself. The pumpkin bread we had for breakfast today had a marvelously delicate flavor and a fantastic spongy texture. As usual, he didn't use a recipe. But I've made this pumpkin bread recipe before, and if you're craving some delicious spiced pumpkiny goodness, I can vouch for it.
I'm still reading Villette - it's a long book, and will probably take me a while! So far, it's proven to be very different than Jane Eyre, but still enjoyable. Lucy is a far more objective narrator than the sympathetic Jane. I don't feel as if she's involved with the events she's recording, even when the actions taken are her own. She seems very removed, a cold observer. I'm interested to know whether this changes as the book goes on. Will Lucy become a more active narrator as she relates her own story? I'm also fascinated by Brontë's choice of title. As the only novel not named after a character but after a place, is she trying to make this story more universal than her others?