(Cooking utensils are not to be used against your fellow students)
The sign had been hanging from the door of the Magical Home Economics classroom ever since everyone had returned from vacation. It was hard to say if it had been Professor Storm who had hanged it or if he had asked someone else to do it for him, as the red letters were most definitely written in a handwriting that was much more clear and more understandable than Riordan’s. Whatever the case, the one thing that was obvious was that it existence was a result of the events occurred during the last class held during summer, and that the Hufflepuff Alumni would never again host a class outside of the castle - although the duration of “never again” was quite debatable when coming from someone like him. It was specially debatable when considering that the better part of the lesson of that particular day would take place outside of the safety of his own classroom.
Who could have really blamed him on a day like that one? Out the window, not a single dark clouds loomed, the breeze of an approaching autumn swaying distant treetops with the chill of a weather that was no longer warm. But while the weather may have called for cozy sweaters much alike the one Riordan found himself wearing that particular day, the temperature at the Magical Home Economics classroom had always been one temperate and comfortable - likely the result of the heat that radiated from ovens which were rarely ever off. That day, they actually were, as they awaited for the students to begin baking the sweet fall treats which's recipes he may have made one too many copies of. It was a Friday, September the 22nd, the day summer came to its final end, giving room for the autumn that had been long awaited. Of course, it was a time for celebration.
The idea that had come up while doing what Riordan did best; baking, by the side of Marco of all people, who now also stood in that classroom as the first students began to arrive rather early. Why was Professor Connor there? What did Magical Home Economics and Astronomy have in common? All good questions any student may have asked. See, an Equinox was a relevant astronomical event, one that had been celebrated by cultures around the globe for one too many centuries - where there was celebration, there was food, and where there was food, there was Riordan. “Hello everybody! Welcome to Magical Home Economics! Today we have a very special class, so please look for your name in the blackboard and take a seat according to your assigned recipe,” the professor and former haute cuisine chef exclaimed with a bright smile, his accent marking every word with notes of thick Gaelic. And there was indeed a list on the blackboard, the names of all students split in four columns under different titles: Cool Apple Nog, Harvest Morning Muffins, Pumpkin Bread, Witches Apple Pudding.
“You will find your lists of ingredients and instructions next to your seats. Of course, you’re welcome to work alone or with people who have been assigned the same recipe as you.” Instructions were delivered calmly, unlike the rushed and excited way in which Riordan spoke on the regular basis. Arguably, cooking was one of the only things in life he truly took seriously. “As some of you may already know, today is the day of Fall Equinox, and for that reason, all recipes that have been provided today are of traditional Fall Equinox dishes!” Although, while he may have taken his class seriously, he still sounded all too joyful and happy, bright green eyes shooting one quick glance in the direction of his fellow professor before continuing with his explanation. “It is also why Professor Connor is here with us today and why has offered us his assistance with this class. Everything we prepare here will be served at the Equinox Celebration held at the Astronomy Tower later this evening, to which you’re all more than invited and welcome to attend. So, let’s get cooking, shall we? Please do try not to cause any fire hazards this time around!” Ominous words delivered with an ever cheerful smile.
Well, at least everything edible would be served, as it would have been a true shame if anyone ended up accidentally poisoned that evening.
Hello hello, welcome to Home Ec! It's a cold day when fall is finally about to arrive, and Riordan has prepared a very special class in collaboration with our favourite Astronomy Professor! Let's properly celebrate Fall Equinox! He's cheerful, and wearing a very cozy sweater, all while hoping no one will burn anything!
Instructions will be in the next post!