When I was living in with my then-boyfriend and now-hubby, I used to enjoy rushing home from work to prepare dinner for two. We were living in Seberang Jaya then as the rental of the flat there was dirt cheap at only RM180 per month for a two rooms flat. He worked in Prai while I worked on the island but just near the jetty.
Foods was cheap at that time and around the Chai Leng park area, one can get very good meals for only RM2 per person which is inclusive of Chinese tea as well. But somehow, the fun of ‘playing home’ was enough to get me to cook simple meals for two. Later on, my bro-in-law and his girlfriend too bunked in with us and it was a meal for four persons.
Of course, there wasn’t any obligation for me to make the meals so I only cooked when I feel like it. The same goes for when I was working, with small kids and yet, I still did the occasional cooking. However, I mostly ate at my mom’s place where my two kids were.
For me, it doesn’t take more than an hour from start to finish to prepare a meal. Right now, I have a pot of vegetable soup boiling on the stove, meat steaming on another stove and rice cooking in the rice cooker. I will probably make an egg dish and dinner is ready.
Does it occur to you that sometimes, it takes much less time to eat a simple home-cooked meals at home than the hassle of getting ready to go out, drive around to find a place to park, order the food and wait for them? Not to mention the stress of dealing with crowded places or screaming kids who refused to be seated. I’d rather be at home where my kids are free to crawl (assuming the baby is small) or play around while I enjoy my meal leisurely.
Home cooked meals do not have to be elaborate always. Just basic soup, white rice, vege and some protein source are enough to satiate most appetites.