Monday, August 11, 2014
In an effort to be healthier and save money, I bring my own lunch every Monday to Thursday. Not on Friday because I usually have lunch with friends then.
Sometimes, I bring breakfast as well but somehow I lack the interest to think what to cook for breakfast because somewhere in my mind I keep thinking eggs and bacon.
People been asking me how I manage to bring packed, healthy-ish food for lunch and 90% of the initial conversation goes like this:
"Oh, you bring lunch from home?"
"Yeap *takes a bite*"
"You live with your parents, right?"
"So lucky, your mother cooks for you. That's why you can bring food from home."
"Its hard working and then going back to cook."
"Actually, I cooked all of the packed lunches."
"Does your mom not cook?"
The last question is such an insult. Perhaps these people (mostly women in their 30's with a handful of kids at home) grew up in a dictator's kitchen where you may only eat what the Mother made.
Mama cooks, nearly every day unless its the weekend (where the parents tend to go out and leave the children to fend for themselves) or when she is sick/tired/not in the mood.
I do eat, what she cook. And if I don't feel like eating, I am free to cook what I want, provided that I clean up every single surface used.
Sometimes, I even cook for the family.
Once people finally accepts that it is I who made the lunches, they'll ask me how do I manage to.
Basically by planning ahead, cook in batches and keep the menu interesting.
Okay, there are way more details that deserve their own posts. Hence, the birth of:
What you can expect:
-When to Plan
-When to Cook
-Healthier-ish Replacements 101
-Cooking in Batches
-Multi Task Dish
-Cooking Up Excitement
-Recipes here and there.
Not that there's many, but still perhaps enough to give you at least couple of weeks(8 days worth) of unique lunches.