So yesterday Parker asked if he could decide what we had for dinner. I agreed, adding the caveat that a salad would be served with whatever he selected. He agreed, adding the caveat that he wouldn’t be happy about.
I added the further caveat that I didn’t care whether or not salads made him happy, so long as he ate them.
And so he dove into his latest obsession — “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.” It’s a rather odd, but entertaining book that Parker has taken to reading. He read the Harry Potter series last summer, but decided his upcoming birthday would be Harry Potter themed.
So he has been reading the cookbook for ideas for food at his party.
Mind you, his birthday isn’t until September…
Regardless, he selected bourbon-glazed pork loin with peaches. For adults.
It actually says that in the title of the recipe. For adults.
I don’t know why. The bourbon is in the glaze and it is quite well cooked before it ever reaches a mouth. But it was enough to give Parker pause… Until I reassured him the bourbon would be fine.
Which, of course, then turned the meal into a forbidden fruit. And it suddenly became a must-have item.
The sauce is basically a puree of bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. You marinated a pork loin in it, then roast it with peaches (I used apricots because that’s all I could find). You also boil the marinade and use it as a glaze.
It was surprisingly delicious, naughty bourbon and all. So today’s lunch started with those leftovers.
While at the grocery store yesterday, I also grabbed an interesting package of casava bread, a sort of crisp South American flatbread made from casava (yuca) root. I’d never had it before and decided we should give it a try.
Parker and I both agreed it was OK, but needed something on it. So I spread some cream cheese on it, then topped one piece with leftover fresh apricots and another piece with grape jelly.
I suspect not the most authentic preparation…
And so ends another week in the lunch box trenches. Our Memorial Day weekend plans seem to be rained out, so we’ll be cleaning the garage and basement! Exciting!
Parker also will continue working on his latest art project — a military cat treat factory. He was not amused when I interrupted him yesterday afternoon to take a picture as he worked.
Finally, the winner of yesterday’s Laptop Lunches giveaway is… Joanna. Parker was thoroughly amused by the poem!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.