Marginal Utility Versus Marginal Cost in Home Cooked Food

By Lu


The Maestro meal. First meal cooked overseas.

Many people doubt my ability to cook. I believe that it is an importance for a man to be self reliance and capable of survival skills, including cooking. While my ability may not surpassed those famous street-side hawker stall chefs, I have the confidence that I’m catching up and will reach that level someday if I put my mind into it. As for those who are ignorant that I can cook in the kitchen, here’s a few example to show otherwise. Note that the picture above is a simple meal I concocted up for lunch when my housemates went out for their lunch outside.

While I dare not claim credit for this meal as there were two other people helping to cook as well, I must say that the chicken curry taste fantastic, even better than those I tasted back home. Apparently, cooking the curry with only chicken thighs does improve its flavor and texture.

Appearance wise, this dish is not as colorful as that above, but I can put that I prepare and cook a large portion of this dish, and that it taste just as well as the chicken curry. It’s a combo of chicken, pork and tofu curry. I added chunks of bones to add to the flavor.

These meals are just the tips of the icebergs. I hope the it will silence the skeptics once and for all.

I was wondering whether the cost saved by cooking my own meal is comparable to the time lost while doing the cooking. It takes a considerable time to wash, prepare and cook the meal. I need to factor in that I will be washing the plates afterwards as well.

And now, with classes starting and my timetable a bit hectic during lunchtime, the marginal utility from eating home cooked lunch is significantly smaller compared to the marginal time gained by just hopping into a restaurant or just take away a sandwich, not that I have time for that as well.

Right now, I’m still trying to integrate my lunch break into my timetable and finding difficulties doing so. I will probably with the method which benefits me the best for now. But, the main thing is that, I do know how to cook.