I promise this is as lazy as I’m ever going to get. I’m not a scout of any kind, but, uh, ordinary citizen’s honor?
See, sometimes, on any given weekend of recipe testing, my ratio of safe and experimental ideas is… Off.
Not enough of this:
And too much of this:
And sometimes, when life gives you a (deserved) 1-in-4 success rate on such a weekend, it also gives you daylight savings. The world is strange and magical like that. That’s blogging #realtalk right there.
So, this mango-chili cocktail was my one success. I ain’t mad about the three failures. They have potential and will be revisited once they (I) have thought about what they (again, I) have done. Meanwhile, I’m bringing you something quick that I threw together on a weeknight. It feels like borderline cheating somehow, but honestly? Sometimes I forget that easy on me = easy on you, too. I like that.
Speaking of that cocktail: Taste-testing, tweaking, and photographing a drink at noon means… I will need a snack, more urgently than usual.
That’s how this came about: yours truly, hungry and surrounded by scribbled notes, glassware, a couple half-finished drinks, photography equipment, and lots of extra mango (because you can never be too vain about your cocktail garnishes). This creation saved my day in the most delicious way possible: salty, sweet, fruity, spicy. Reinforced by grainy, nutty bread.
I felt like a superhero. PB + energy-sustaining, wholesome bread is, as you know, a combination that will never fail you. The thing about standbys, though, is … I’m already boring myself trying to discuss it.
However, when you mesh a standby with another standby (mango+chili+lime), magic happens. Everything-but-boring happens. An accidental mango-and-chili theme week on this humble little blog happens. “This is my new favorite thing in the world” happens.
Not that you need a recipe at this point, but… Here you go. I hope you are going easy on yourself this week too.
- 2 slices bread
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or, you know... However much peanut butter you put on a sandwich)
- 1/2 a mango, peeled and sliced
- Wedge of lime
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
- Spread peanut butter on one of the bread slices. Lay the mango slices on top. Squeeze lime over the mango, then sprinkle with chili powder and cayenne, if using. And, well, here we are, sandwich in hand.