Thai Basil Lemongrass Wings ~ A PhD in Small Talk

What training does one need to be an Executioner?

Admittedly, Sister Madly has never seen Executioner listed as college major, so the courses one must take for this profession must be wide and varied- business management, for example, and art theory- much like how one needs a degree in Philosophy to be a professional dog-walker.*

* The employment ad for aforementioned dog-walker position stated, ‘degree in any field,’ which clearly meant Philosophy.

Then again, does one even need a degree in Execution? Or does the discipline provide on-the-job-training? Is it all based upon experience? There’s a small arsenal of medieval weaponry under her bed ready to be used at a moment’s notice; perhaps Sister Madly ought to add a few souls to her repertoire thus expanding her resumé. Execution-ing is quickly becoming a lost art.

The Professor, however, with his undetectable sense of humor * and a crippling fear of Cheeto dust, clearly disapproved of this rumination.

* Make no mistake, the Professor had a sense of humor- just not a detectable one.

So Persephone can declare at which strip club she saw her first cockroach- and do so without reproach- but Sister Madly cannot speculate about a career change? What if she’s a natural? She was pretty good at axe-throwing at the Ren Faire back in the day… surely that means something.

The Professor, however, indicated that he was not interested in discussing Capital Punishment on his night off.

Who said anything about Capital Punishment? Perhaps Sister Madly doesn’t want to be a government employee; perhaps she wants to freelance. She could contract her services, be her own boss- the entrepreneurial spirit runs strong through the Madly Family Tree. No doubt her own sister, Tallulah, would utilize these talents from time to time- everybody knows how cutthroat retired, part-time antique dealers can be.

Still, the Professor wanted to change the subject, and Sister Madly is nothing if not accommodating.

…Sister Madly had a dream the other night that Tallulah got a French Bulldog, whom she named Johnny Popcorn…

While said Professor was unable to follow the storyline, he did manage to question why it was a French Bulldog.*

* Sister Madly wondered that, too, as she would’ve chosen a fox or an otter; but it was Tallulah’s dog in the dream, so clearly it was Tallulah who chose a French Bulldog and he should ask her.

…Ever try oyster sauce straight from the bottle? Sister Madly won’t be making that mistake again…!

Nope. Too controversial.

What would you do if you found out that Sister Madly was actually your imaginary friend?

Oh no- that was just too traumatizing to consider.

… A few months ago was Sister Madly’s half-birthday…

Apparently, the Professor was unfamiliar with the Half-Birthday, a phenomenon Sister Madly’s encountered quite frequently ever since leaving Michigan. It seems nobody outside the Midwest is interested in celebrating the halfway point to their next birthday. Sister Madly, however, is much more diplomatic and graciously allows people to buy her ciders on that magnificent day.

You see, that is why it’s important to determine the avenues one must take to be an Executioner: to give those launching down the destructive path of tasting oyster sauce straight from the bottle- and the subsequent discussion thereof- the means to a brighter future! As it stands, Sister Madly is one tedious tête-à-tête away from a PhD in Small-Talk.

… but seriously, about that Executioner thing- does one need a degree, or is it all about experience?


  • 3-3½ lbs. chicken wings ~ OR ~ 6-8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, finely minced ~ OR ~ 3 TBSP lemongrass paste
  • 3 TBSP fish sauce
  • 3 TBSP coconut aminos ~ OR ~ low sodium soy
  • 1 TBSP ginger, minced
  • 1 TBSP garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Thai basil, finely chopped *
  • 2-3 TBSP oil, or as needed

* Thai Basil substitute: fresh basil, plus pinch of anise.

Mix together marinade ingredients
Add chicken; mix to coat
Refrigerate 30 min – 24 hrs

Preheat oven 400*
Place chicken on greased baking rack in tray
Coat chicken with any remaining marinade
Bake for:
~ 45-50 min (WINGS)
~ 55-60 min (THIGHS)
Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes before serving

THEME SONG: Psycho Killer, Talking Heads

21 responses

  1. Happy half birthday SM👍🎉🎈🎁🍷🤗🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    March 29, 2019 at 6:34 AM

  2. Man it is breakfast time here, but those wings have me thinking of lunch

    Liked by 1 person

    March 29, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    • Why wait for lunch? I had the leftovers for breakfast! ;c)


      March 29, 2019 at 11:56 AM

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  4. Oyster sauce ???????😁. That’s dessert, hot Chinese mustard straight from the jar is punishment ! !! 😈. Happy Whatever, Madly📣❤💀❤

    Liked by 1 person

    March 29, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    • Oyster sauce is the gateway to the harder stuff, like hot mustard. It’s a slippery slope… :~D


      March 30, 2019 at 12:18 PM

  5. It’s not about experience, it’s about flinch response… neither client nor server should have one, or it gets real messy real quick. Naturally assume for the client it is their first time – never trust a returning client, they clearly have no commitment – so it is up to the server to create an aura of calm competence… a good, reassuring block side manner. I understand the Monty Python crew demonstrated this admirably in several of their mixed media presentations.
    So, psychology to create a rapport, philosophy to demonstrate to the client that it really will be for the best, comparative theology/zen yoga/cider for calm steady nerves, and of course the basic certificate in practical forestry for the actual axe swinging.
    There you go, a level 5 diploma in practical execution, to which of course you can add various specialities. It is also possible to substitute the forestry for nautical rope work if you prefer to take the hemp specialization. There is more work this way, but not so high class, and of course regicide is right out. If you really want style, and the reputation that goes with it, then clearly the sword is the way to go. Scimitar is an art form of it’s own, and alas not an equal opportunity employer… and the costume is somewhat too revealing for subterfuge.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 30, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    • I never thought about repeat customers… typically, if a client does return, it’s a sign of excellent service. I will, however, offer these individuals a 25% discount.

      If one takes 3 cider courses, will that cancel out the need for philosophy and psychology? Knowledge in these fields do increase with each subsequent pint…


      March 31, 2019 at 5:55 PM

      • That’s a fair pint… point… except for the adverse affect on ‘steady hands’. I think the only solution in that case would be for the client to be at least one pint ahead – whilst they still have one.

        Liked by 2 people

        March 31, 2019 at 10:29 PM

  6. Fabulous post

    Liked by 1 person

    March 31, 2019 at 4:23 AM

  7. Please read my first post


    March 31, 2019 at 4:23 AM

  8. locksley2010

    Jonny Popcorn is the best name for a bulldog….. ever!

    And if true, would it matter if Sister Madly was imaginary? What better way to live as an eternal spirit of culinary adventures and mind-blowing questioning. Fortunately you aren’t imaginary, but a friend, definitely!

    Liked by 1 person

    April 20, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    • I suppose it would matter as it crush any and all hopes of haunting this world – the pub down the street in particular- when I shuffle off this mortal coil. I believe having been alive is require to be a ghost later on.

      Aye, you are definitely a friend as well!

      (I fixed the comment error… must keep smart phones in line lest the become self-aware…)

      Liked by 1 person

      April 23, 2019 at 1:10 PM

      • locksley2010

        You believe correctly, as having being alive seems a symptom to be a haunting presence.

        Yay! 😃

        (Smart phones are like the computers off Star Trek, they function well until an anomaly turns them against us. The b@$+@£+s). Beware the green jelly bean!

        Liked by 1 person

        April 23, 2019 at 2:34 PM

        • Hmm… not convinced that a cessation of corporeal vitality is prerequisite for non corporeal existence. There are all manner of spiritual entities out there, most of which never bother with incarnating at all. Even some, such as poltergeists, which seem to be associated with bodies still living (specifically the astral projections of stroppy teenagers).
          To haunt simply means to frequent a particular locale, or as one snip from the dictionary would have it, ” Be persistently and disturbingly present”, which I am sure is well within our hostesses capacity, pre-, in-, or post-carnate.
          As for Ms Madly herself, I have no evidence whatsoever of her mortal existence. She simply haunts my inbox (as long as I override the spam filter), and so as far as I am concerned she is as ethereal a being as one could hope to meet. Feel free to dispel this notion with whatever proof comes to hand/mind/paw.

          Liked by 2 people

          May 12, 2019 at 11:45 PM

        • Haunting thy inbox is merely practice for greater things in the afterlife! ;c)

          Liked by 1 person

          May 13, 2019 at 2:15 PM

  9. locksley2010

    Indeed Silver, there are spirits and entities of many kinds, I call them NCE’s or Non-corporeal Entities….. could it be that our Ms Madders is one of them? 🤔

    Liked by 1 person

    May 15, 2019 at 6:46 AM

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