I’m sorry to say that today’s lunch plays only a supporting role to the main attraction.
Readers who have been around for a while might remember that late August is an important time of year for this blog.
It’s back-to-school time, of course. But that’s not what I’m talking about.
It’s also back-t0-birthday-party duty.
Parker turns 9 next month. But since he likes to have a sleepover party and he likes to have that party at our camp on the lake, that party generally takes place in late August just before he and his buddies head back to school.
That way the water is still warm enough to provide hours of entertainment to the gaggle of boys who invade.
This year’s party takes place this weekend.
This also means I will be spending tonight doing the one thing I do only once a year. And only for Parker’s birthday.
I will bake a cake.
Let’s be clear about something. I am no cake baker. I am no fussy pastry decorator. I have no particular skill or talent for this task.
But since it’s a once-a-year gig, I give it my all. Past creations have included:
The Cat From Outer Space (remember that movie?)
And last year’s sushi extravaganza.
This year Parker asked for a Percy Jackson birthday party. It’s a series of books (and more recently a couple movies) all based on Greek mythology. This left me kind of struggling with ideas for a cake.
Nothing was a really obvious choice. The main character is a demigod — the son of a human woman and the god Poseidon.
Tonight, you can watch me make what I came up with. As with every previous year, I’ll be live tweeting my cake making insanity. So check me out on Twitter starting around 6:30 p.m. or so EST for all the confectionary action. You can follow with the hashtag #PercyJacksonCake
Meanwhile, he still needed to each lunch, so I went with leftovers of leftovers. There were some noodles and steak left from yesterday’s lunch. There were some pork tenderloin strips I grilled for dinner last night. We ate them smeared with garlic-pepper jelly. But this afternoon I slapped on in a whole-wheat hot dog bun and squirted on some barbecue sauce. Add some apple slices and we’re good.
By the way, the Buy Lunch, Get Dinner Free! giveaway continues. There’s about 25 free books left up for grabs (give or take, given my ability to count). So head over to Amazon and preorder “Beating the Lunch Box Blues,” then forward your order confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a free copy of my last cookbook, “High Flavor, Low Labor.”