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?
THAI BASIL LEMONGRASS WINGS
- 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
~ 45-50 min (WINGS)
~ 55-60 min (THIGHS)
Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes before serving
THEME SONG: Psycho Killer, Talking Heads