Thursday, April 7, 2011

National No Housework Day Online Blog hop

Welcome to the National No Housework Day Online Blog hop! If you have arrived not knowing until now about the hop, no problem...stop by If It's Groovy where this hop starts and work your way through. You may find games, prizes, projects and how do-you-dos along the path :) We would appreciate it if you sign up to keep in touch with us by "following" and would love your comments!

If you arrived here from Michelle's blog Everyday Me, welcome! Hope you enjoyed that stop and the others so far!!!
We celebrate this national holiday by scrapping today and into the weekend with projects that remind us of housework or getting away from it!!! Take the day off, put up your feet and let's hop!

For me housework means first of all cooking. This is not my favorite thing to do. I do like to experiment in the kitchen and try new recipes but cooking the everyday food - not so much. If you add 3 picky eaters that always complain and the never ending piles of dishes by the end of the day - definitely not my favorite thing to do. I decided to celebrate the National No Housework Day by no cooking ... on this day. Instead I cooked in advance. Few hours ago I put a big pot in the oven with Chicken and Noodle Hamin. It will stay there the whole night, cooking in the low heat of the oven. If you are curious what is Hamin you can read about it here and here

The recipe I used is from a Hebrew cooking book by Sherry Ansky called "Food". I will do my best translating it in English.
Chicken and Noodle Hamin
Ingredients (serves 6)
6 chicken drumsticks and 6 chicken tights
Oil for frying (I used canola)
2 onions, sliced
9 oz fettuccine pasta
9 oz short hollow pasta (I used mostaccioli)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp sweet paprika
4 medium potatoes
parchment paper and aluminum foil

1. Wash the chicken in cold water and dry with paper towels. Fry in hot oil in a large ovenproof pot until the chicken changes it's color and remove from the pot. Put the onions in the same pot and fry until golden-brown scrapping the pot from time to time.
2. Cook 2 kinds of pasta in boiling water with salt for about 5-8 minutes until it begins to soften. It should not be fully cooked. Drain and add to the pot wit onions. Add pepper, salt and sweet paprika. Mix well and remove from the pot.
3. Preheat the oven to 300F
4. Peel the potatoes and cut into thick slices. Arrange in a single layer on the bottom of the ovenproof pot. Season with salt. Add 1/3 of the pasta, chicken and cover with the rest of the pasta. Add 1/2 cup of hot water.
5. Cover the pasta with an oiled circle cut from a parchment paper. Cover with the lid and few layers of aluminum foil.
6. Bake for 40 minutes. Lower the oven to 200F and bake for 6-9 hours.

I am going to add the picture of the cooked hamin tomorrow. Do you have "make in advance", "one pot meal" recipes? I would love to hear!

Meanwhile, please head over to see Misty at  Love to create Enjoy!

Oh, I almost forgot! Prizes! Oh yes! If you leave me a comment I will put you in a drawing for surprise package from me. Not sure exactly what will be there. Maybe a punch or two, maybe some stamps, maybe something else, who knows? I will post a winner on Sunday , April 10th.

67 comments:

  1. I love the fact that the cooking theme relates to your prize....The idea of a one pot dish, picky eaters and a chance that who knows what can be in it....same goes for the prize!

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  2. love that you offered a recipe!!! And since I am not a very good cook, my only "make in advance" is reservations...HA!!!

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  3. Maya,

    That was fun to learn about Hamin. I went to the two articles you had links to. Yours sounds and looks really good!

    You can click on my name to find the link to my email.

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  4. Thank you for the yummy idea!!!! Have fun!

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  5. Happy NHD Maya! Very interesting way to celebrate the holiday! I always learn so much from your lifestyle and culture. To me that is super cool! Thank you!!!

    One pot cooking in my house...not anymore because too many diverse tastes and schedules these days. We go out for several meals when we are together for fellowship/family time and the ability to suit all the tastes of my family!

    Enjoy the hop!
    Deb♥

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  6. Your recipe looks yummy. I love cooking so I actaully don't have one pot meals at hand.
    Can't wait to see your finished dish.

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  7. Ooh, I', not a fan of cooking at all either! I make lasagnas in advance and freeze them, makes for a quick yummie meal later!

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  8. Love my crock pot for make in advance meals! Easiest is a pot of chili, and we all love it! Cooking is my #1 least favorite housework chore also!
    aquababy258@gmail.com

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  9. Great recipe! ThNks for the chance!

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  10. I love to cook... it's the one thing I really enjoy about housework... that recipe looks great... will have to give it a go.. thanks!!
    I hope you have a super-fantastic-wonderful no housework day!!!
    {{hugs}} Michelle

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  11. Ooohhh that food looks delicious! The only thing I slow cook is pulled pork and I use store bought BBQ sauce so no fancy recipe for me! I need some new recipes!

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  12. Maya, love your recipe from a fellow Fiskateer, we do a lot of crock-pot dishes her, I cook roast or venison all day then make burritos, tacos, tamales or enchiladas with it Yum!
    I am now a follower that I found your blog on our hop!
    Enjoy NSD!

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  13. wow! looks yummy!!!! now i am hungry!i like to cook just i hate cleaning the pots!...lol! tfs! fiskateer#5454 jen t.

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  14. My husband has always done all the cooking since we married 18 years ago. He doesn't do a lot of one pot meals, but this chicken Hamin meal looks really good.

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  15. Maya, you have inspired me - I am not going to cook tonight! It's so good to find someone else willing to admit that everyday cooking can be a bit of a chore to them

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  16. Yum! That looks good. I wish I had known....I've been ignoring housework for a week or so now but I must get some things done. Enjoy it for me. :)

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  17. That looks fabulous! I will sometimes put some rice, a jar of salsa, a can of corn,some chicken breasts and some black beans in the crock pot and let it cook all day. Taste great! Love it served on tortillas with a little sour cream and lettuce!

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  18. Your dinner looks delicious! Wish I'd thought ahead and planned something different for dinner tonight so I didn't have to cook today! 8-)

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  19. I don't do much housework any day, and I'm world's worst cook. Planning to order pizza tonight.

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  20. Looks sooooo good. Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  21. what a lovely thought! no cooking for one day!! and i don't even dislike it. the dishes? those i definitely don't like though!!

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  22. Sounds like this recipe would taste amazing! Funny as I just saw the movie about Julia Childs last night too. I think the planets are lining up for me to cook something soon!

    I am new to your blog and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you. Stop by my blog sometime and say hi!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  23. Recipe sounds fantastic!!! Thanks for the drawing.
    sm_67646@yahoo.com

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  24. Mmm... that looks like a good recipe. It reminds me of Paprika Chicken that i make quite regularly. I will have to try it! Yesterday in my slowcooker, i made BBQ porkchops. Not much to do except wait for them to cook and for me to eat them! hehe Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. Great holiday. Nice to learn about hamin.

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  26. I am really not a fan of cooking either..

    New follower :)

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  27. What an interesting recipe...I'll have to try it.

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  28. I wouldn't mind the cooking so much if it wasn't so never-ending...seems like as soon as one meal is cleaned up it is time to start another!

    (marcinegranza@charter.net)

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  29. love your one pot dish... I have the same problem here picky eaters. I love using my crockpot all the time for quick meal.

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  30. Ну уж набежали коментаторы на твой чёлнт. Вывод: скрепбукинк -хорошо,а "жратва" - лучше

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  31. Mmmm, this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will have to try it out! Hugs!

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  32. Hello.. thanks for the comments.. I am following you too.. I live in Kenosha.. you are welcome to come scrap with me anytime.. I will be going to Cederburg on Saturday for the bus trip 2 3 scrapbook stores.. is that near you? Legacy scrapbooking?

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  33. OMG, that dish looks so delicious, Maya! TFS the recipe! And I wish we had a national no housework day here too :)
    In fact, I think this could be a whole week, hehee!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a message, I really apreciate it! Love your scrapbooking projects too :)

    xo,

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  34. YUM! I actually don't mind cooking, although at 55, I'm fairly new to it, as I didn't cook for about the first 50 years of my life. Now that I do, though, it's kind of fun! A favorite cook ahead for me in ham and beans. Wash 1 pound of Navy beans and put them in a bowl. Mix in 1 large onion, chopped, and 6 slices of bacon, sliced in 1 inch pieces. Add 1 tsp. pepper and 1/8 tsp each ginger and cinnamon. Place mix in a heavy pot with a cover (I use a cast iron kettle). Add 1 small (3 lb) ham with the the bone in and 2 cups of water. Cover with foil, then the lid, and place in a 350 preheated oven, Turn the heat down to 250 and cook 6-8 hours without peeking. I'm in the hop, too, and I'm a follower--you can find me at ksjennings at gmail dot com and/or www.kareljcreations.com

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  35. What a great idea to cook in advance!! Like for Thanksgiving but for a regular rainy day! Sweet! :))

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  36. I am your 98th follower now! :))

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  37. Looks yummy!:) TFS!


    Kaitlin
    angel1694@comcast.net

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  38. Great recipe.Thanks for the chance to win.
    Joan Fiskateer #808

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  39. What a fun prize and a great recipe! I became a follower!

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  40. I like to cook..and it does seem like a chore sometimes...but I love to bake...baking to me is fun and relaxing! thanks for sharing!

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  41. OH my goodness..those food photos have me drooling! Cooking is one of my least fave household chores, but I do love to eat!

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  42. Yah! Putting my feet up and blog hopping today. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :)
    Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  43. mmmmm..... sounds good. I have picky eaters myself, if one likes it, the other one doesn't. I decided not to cook myself tonight, but instead we had McD's. I am a new follower and thank you for the chance to win.

    Marcy S.
    m.serrano at live dot com
    http://marcyscreativecrafts.blogspot.com/

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  44. Great recipe!! I'm not a fabulous cook and I find it really tedious to spend time in the kitchen. I'm always grateful for simple no-fail recipes :)

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  45. Thank you for the recipe. I always love to try new things.

    Leah
    http://www.leahscarddesigns.com

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  46. Yo soy de Colombia y en mi pais no celebramos esta dia, pero seria genial
    lucila_ortega@hotmail.com

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  47. That looks GOOD!!! Have a wonderful day!
    kacee
    mcvicwif@yahoo.com

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  48. Looks like a yummy meal! Have to remember to copy and paste that one! Great to see you again! How is Tuesday Trio doing? I miss the challenges over there:)

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  49. I definaly can relate to you and the picky eaters part =( that chicken sure looks yummy!!!
    Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win a prize =)

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  50. I love spaguetti!!!! thank for de recipe.
    New follower :)
    Thanks for the chance to win this prize.
    vjg2512@gmail.com

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  51. great blog hop!
    bargainmama@mchsi.com

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  52. I love cooking!! One pot dish sounds great for those extra tiring days!!

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  53. Am a follower viji. Lg @ gmail dot com

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  54. Love your blog! I have become a follower And your LOs are gorgeous! Especially the one with the 3 pics and the poppies! Donna Fiskateer 6036

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  55. Thank you for sharing!! I might have to try cooking your dish!

    vegeater@gmail.com

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  56. Ur dishes look yummy!! thanks for sharing

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  57. oooh..your cooking looks good. Thanks for the recipe. I love to cook so I just might have to try this.

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  58. Love the story about your kids eating or NOT eating it. too funny. I think it looks DELISH! Thanks for sharing.
    stampinlara at yahoo dot com

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  59. mmmmm, I can almost smell it! What a great idea! I'm going to have to try that one.

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  60. Anything w/ pasta is always fast and easy and GOOD!
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  61. I am now intrigued with the slow cooking in the oven...my favorite appliance in the kitchen is my crock pot - I fix lots of meals in it. A family favorite is meatloaf (I use plenty of BBQ sauce that makes it a winner) TFS the cooking ideas!

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  62. That mean looks yummy. My meal would be chili, I am actually cooking it today. Put a bunch of stuff in a crock pot and let it simmer all day. It is easy but oh so yum. I am a follower, thanks for the chance to win. :-)

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  63. OMGoodness...that looks sooo good! Thanks for that recipe!!! Oh...and I do a MEAN white chikin chili! I make 5 gallons at a time and freeze it...it is phenomenal!

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  64. That looks absolutely delicious!! I always love to try new recipes.

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