Two weeks ago, I had a particularly long day of experiments at work, 13 hours to be exact. I was concentrating on treating my cells when I heard something on the radio in the background that caught my attention. The radio host had said that it was National Men Make Dinner Day.
I’d never heard of such a thing and I was intrigued. I later found out that on the first Thursday of every November, if the man in your life doesn’t cook, doesn’t know how or is afraid to, he is supposed to make you dinner. But there are some rules he has to follow, for example: the meal must contain at least 4 ingredients, he has to find the recipe and get all the ingredients himself, and he has to do all the cleaning during and after cooking as well as set the table. Serious? Yes, there’s even a website.
This got me thinking. Should there be a National Women Mow the Lawn Day? National whatever you normally don’t/can’t do or not comfortable doing around the house day? In a relationship, how do you decide who does what? Is it 50:50? Do you take turns?
After 4 and a half years of marriage, David and I have settled into a routine with our household chores. He dusts, cleans the floors and fridge and takes out the garbage. I do the laundry, clean the cupboards and bathrooms and take care of the finances. I’m not sure how it ended up this way. It’s not like either one of us has the natural ability to do certain chores better than the other. All this stuff can be learned after all.
As for the cooking, it seems as if I’ve been doing most of it; David claims I’m better at it. In reality, whoever gets home first will do the cooking and the other person will do the dishes (unless they are beat or are busy with other work). The same goes for other chores – one will cover for the other if necessary. It’s not like I never take out the garbage or swift the floors. Sometimes, you just gotta do it. God knows I certainly don’t like washing the toilet!
Other times, we do it just to be considerate. Just the other day, David made me a delicious dinner of buffalo chicken thighs and after dinner he wouldn’t let me do the dishes.
It wasn’t because I was tired or busy since it was the weekend.
He just wanted to give my dermatitis ridden hands (a byproduct of my job) a break, which gave me time to try a new hobby – sketching.
Thank goodness I don’t have to wait for that once a year National Men Make Dinner Day!
Recipe (adapted from myrecipes.com):
- 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
- 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 4 tbsp hot sauce such as Frank’s
- 1 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Shake to blend.
- Add half of chicken to bag; seal. Shake to coat.
- Remove chicken from bag, shaking to remove excess flour mixture.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat.
- Add flour-coated chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer browned chicken to a jelly-roll pan.
- Repeat procedure with the remaining uncooked chicken, flour mixture, and oil. Discard remaining flour mixture.
- Bake chicken at 375° for 8 minutes or until done.
- Melt butter in sauce pan and pour into mixing bowl. Add hot sauce and mix.
- Place chicken 3 at a time in mixing bowl. Toss to coat.