Sunday, May 27, 2012

Too Many Hot Chili Flakes

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May 27, 2012

We're rolling, giggling, gut-busting laughing!  Did he really do that?!
Mr. Scabs face is drenched in drops of sweat!  He's gleaming, glossy even!  
We can't stop chuckling!

I made some delish Chicken Mango Wraps for dinner when a good friend stopped by.  We ate and laughed and talked openly with Mr. Scabs about his sex addiction.  He has come to a place where he can have a genuine conversation about his motives, thoughts and on a good day his feelings.  Yep, feelings.  My friend was asking some pretty hard questions.

"Did you ever think you would get caught?" and "How did you let it go so far?"

While sharing his story he stood up to fix another wrap.  Piling on a little chicken, a little mango and some garden basil.   The wrap calls for cumin but instead I added a small pinch of chili flakes.  The shaker of flakes was beckoning like too much of a good thing.  He piled on a mountain of blazing little peppers.  Fool.  I looked at his wrap and warned, "that's a lot of chilies".

Shrugging his shoulders he gobbled it up.  This is when we started laughing and couldn't stop!  He tried to play is cool but there was no hiding his glossy forehead and bloodshot eyes.  Red and dripping wet with spice induced sweat he sat paralyzed by the sweltering heat!

All I could think was, "this is so typical".  No moderation.  No heeding warnings.

His taste buds stinging and his head a glossy, sweaty mess!  It's hilarious!  I didn't get up to get him an ice water.  That's my new non-codependent attitude kicking in.  I don't mind watching him suffer.  Those are the natural consequences of his reckless chili-flake overdose and it has nothing to do with me! My friend and I were dying as he wiped up sweat and guzzled buckets of ice water trying to recover.

The wrap was YUM and so easy to make.  Try the recipe below but go easy on the chili flakes!

Thanks Martha!

Chicken Wraps with Mango Basil and Mint


  • For The Chicken

    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1/2 shallot
    • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
    • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 12 ounces total)
  • For The Dressing

    • 1/2 shallot
    • 1/2 mango, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
    • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • For Assembling

    • 4 lavash breads (3 1/2 ounces each)
    • 1/2 mango, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick spears
    • 8 fresh basil leaves
    • 8 fresh mint leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make the chicken: Finely chop garlic and shallot in a food processor. Add basil and oil, and process until mixture forms a coarse paste. Stir in salt and cinnamon, and season with pepper. Make a few shallow 1/2-inch slits on both sides of chicken; rub all over with the basil mixture. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake chicken until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely, then shred into small pieces; set aside.
  2. Make the dressing: Finely chop shallot in the clean bowl of the food processor. Add mango, and process until smooth. Add the lime juice and cayenne, and process until combined.
  3. Assemble wraps: Spread about 1/4 cup mango dressing in center of each lavash. Top with chicken, mango, and herbs. Roll up diagonally to form a cone.


  1. scabs I might need to make a trip out just so you can cook for me- yummers! and i love your new non-dependant attitude. we all need a dose of that- even if we don't live with a sex addict!

  2. Well- tell Mr. Scabs that in the future MILK is the thing to drink to ease the spicy torture. I learned that from a college classmate's informative speech.

    1. There is no way I'm telling him that. He can figure it out himself, right? lol!

  3. I loved reading this, April. I'm so very proud of the both of you =)

  4. Ja tell them, but they don't want to listen and isn't thats just how it is...

    You inspire me!

  5. Great story. It reminds me when my husband entered a pepper eating contest at a ward chili cook-off. He didn't win AND he still had to endure the taunts of 10 year-olds when he tried to relieve his smoldering tongue at the drinking fountain for five minutes straight. Poor guy, should have checked his pride at the door.

  6. LOVE this one too! I have so many thoughts when I read your posts.

    Okay, one: I love that you didn't get him water, and you realized that was HIS problem that HE caused. Haha! Yes, no more co-dependency! I am working on that. Because if they know we'll take care of them and comfort them when they make poor choices, then we're enabling that behavior (oh, I was so guilty of that. If he sinned, I just held his hand to make him feel better, when really, I should have said, "Your problem. You deal with it.")

    Two: I love that Mr. Scabs can openly talk about it! That he recognizes everything! That makes me excited for the future and progression that could be had! :)



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