Monday, August 5, 2013

Top 10 Joys of Home-cooking

The pantry smells like garlic factory and so do you. Boiling vinegar doesn’t cure the odour all the times. Okay, I have problem with odours giving away what you have had for lunch but still I look forward to each day with a grocery visit, veggies being tossed to the wok and serving delicious meal ('delicious': well, at least to my taste buds and to a hungry basketball team).

Top 10 Joys of Home-cooking. TOP - the first things that came to my mind. 

10)  Budget friendly. Good restaurants with good food and great service are expensive. Treating out yourself more than weekly will surely hurt your wallet and dent your savings for a new gadget or a new hobby (and so I realized especially if you are a couple and you both love good food). So, just style your food and light some candles and the night will be as romantic, you can keep the supposedly 'municipality taxes & tip'.   

9)  Left-overs lovin’. There is magic upon discovery that you have a piece of carrot, crab sticks and some green leaves lying in the fridge. You come up with a soup other than instant and you can put your name in your dish. Soon you’ll be able to write your own Nigellissima. *winking with tongue sticking out*

8) Especially cooked/personalized cuisines. Ho Fun noodles is too oily, the dip is too tangy it makes you dizzy, etc…, etc… they just happen and leave you bloated and disappointed. Home-cooking lets you spice up your favourite just the way you want it. If you want, you can also plan your own theme nights.  

7)  Cures instant cravings. Seafood Paella on a Tuesday night? Why not? And you can invite over your best buddies and get tipsy on red wine.

6)  Instant presents. There are just day-before invites and you don’t know what to get a male friend. It’s rude to come empty-handed. The crowd’s favorite is surely a hit. Just make sure it’s not in the host’s menu list.  

5)  Unlimited food choices. You are not limited to what the resto is offering and not limited to one order’s serving. The fusion can happen at the comforts of your own home and you can have all the California Maki rolling till you can barely breathe.  

4)  Healthier and more hygienic options. Go meatless and substitute the red, use olive oil or none at all, bake instead of fry when applicable. And if you’re a type who’s always doubtful what’s on your plate, you just know what goes and went into your Vietnamese spring roll. 

3)  It is the shortest way to a man’s heart or your in-laws’ hearts. Remember: it is courtesy to assure your mother-in-law you will not starve her son, your own mother will be proud of it. He comes home looking forward to what you cooked up and it is a more harmonious day with a sumptuous breakfast… and you live *happily ever after.  

*happily ever after – that is if you still believe in happily ever after, because happily ever after is not true, or otherwise boring. 

2)  The joy of fellowship. It just follows that your house easily gets full with family and friends when you share good taste and good food and the laughter just never ends.  

1)   More than anything else, cooking is therapeutic and gives you that sense of accomplishment. When they offer you compliments and you see they just emptied their dish.

Did I mention you can: take a picture and self-promote at FB? *lol*   



  1. I love personalized home cooked meals! It's always a nice thing to add a personal touch on the food we serve to the ones we love :)

  2. Yum! The pictures make me want to go to the grocery right now and buy some ingredients. Indeed, my love for food has dented my wallet as well and I need to do something about it. Home cooking is definitely the answer because it allows you to cook whatever you want without hurting your budget.

  3. Home cooked meals are really much better and more economical to prepare especially for large servings.

  4. Several centuries ago foods were eaten raw and as the man's existence advances foods are cooked in a special recipe or as to the styles and needs of the consumer.

  5. I absolutely agree with these. BF prefers home-cooked food too but we go out and try different restos when we have time and feel like it. :) Thanks for sharing this!

  6. When I was a kid, I used to envy those who always had fast food meals. Now that I'm working, I always envy those who can bring sinigang, adobo, etc to the office.

  7. how i wish to learn how to cook. :/

  8. I've always tried cooking but its really not for me. I love LOVE eating though. haha!:)

  9. Reason # 8 Especially cooked/personalized cuisines. Ay swak na swak sa akin.

  10. my husband is the chef at home and i m always his assistant, he loves to cook even before marriage, that is how he won my heart and my parents approval. :)

  11. what I love about home cooked food is that you know it's safe and hindi tinipid. Yahweh bless.

  12. Right now I'm learning home-cooked meals. It's better to serve them to my family than those instant or easy cook meals.

  13. AMEN!!!! This is the biggest difference between my life now and my growing up years in America. My favorite is the one about healthier meals. Indeed, you have more control over your nutrition if you eat at home.

  14. I always cook even I'm tired coming home from work and the real joy about this my family loves my cooking no matter what. hehehe