Do you prefer home-cooked food or outside food?

Do you prefer home-cooked food or outside food? - A picture of a wok full of fried rice. Photo source: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/1/2218353_c5f47793ab.jpg?v=0 .
Singapore
May 26, 2008 11:29am CST
I eat home-cooked food pretty much everyday and those who don't get to do so would call me lucky. Yet sometimes, I just feel like eating out for a change. Yet when I start to eat out for many consecutive days, I start to yearn for a particular home-cooked dish, then another and then... Humans are just that strange - the grass always seems greener on the other side. But that's just me. How about you? Do you prefer home-cooked food or outside food?
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@AmbiePam (55825)
• United States
26 May 08
I almost always prefer home cooked meals. I get tired of fast food, and restaurants are expensive and sometimes not that good. I love a good home cooked meal. Especially a healthy one that I don't feel the least but guilty about eating. I do generally like going out for Mexican food more than homemade Mexican food. We have so many awesome Mexican restaurants around us, so that is probably why.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Sigh, food prices seem to keep going up.
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@chrissieatu (1033)
• China
27 May 08
Well, I am not as fortunate as you do. I live on campus. All I can choose is those food offered by out canteen. Sometimes I do miss mom's home-cooked food. And those food in the canteen is not that good compared to my mom's. Besides, we don't have many choices. Thus I go out from time to time to enjoy something else.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Learn how to cook yourself?
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• China
27 May 08
Actually I can cook. But it's really not convenient to cook in our dorm.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
I see.
@lorelai (1558)
• Italy
26 May 08
Well in my case I don't have enough money to get used to the outside food so I am sentenced to a home-cooked one. Although I have never eaten better food than the one prepared at home. In my family there are 4 women in the house, my mother, my sister, my grandma and me and each one of us makes different food so I never get bored by eating the same food all the time. My dad is pretty good in preparing the fish and barbeque so I have never lacked of anything. Sometimes I wish I could just go to the restorant spend some 20 euros on a meal and don't look back, but I know that I would look back so I don't do that.
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@patgalca (16466)
• Orangeville, Ontario
26 May 08
You're lucky that you have different cooks in the house. My family relies on me for meals and when I try and rely on my husband his repertoire consists of bacon & eggs, Kraft Dinner, or hot dogs. However, he has recently taken a liking to making Shake n Bake Chicken with mashed potatoes. Still, the burden usually falls on me.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Geez, don't make it sound so bad... who says outside food gotta be better?
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@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
27 May 08
You kidding? For me, there's nothing better than a home cooked meal... I'd eat a home cooked meal everyday if I could... It's nice once in a while to eat out & there are some corner places, mom & pop type places, that will service up a home cooked style food but I always crave home cooked meal... I know some dishes have same stuff in it but I don't know why, it just tastes better when cooked at home... I guess either you or someone you love put time, effort & love into preparing a meal, that's where it makes a difference, I think... My girl-friend makes best spaghetti I've ever had... Noodles, tomato sauce & meat, doesn't get simpler than that but something about the way she makes it, never had it better...
• Singapore
27 May 08
That's if you have someone who can cook at home.
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26 May 08
I do like to treat myself once in a while as we have so many restaurants where I live that cook food from so many different parts of the world, Thai being my favourite. However, I love home cooked food, even though it is always down to me if it gets cooked. As I am not a meat eater I love simple veg dishes, there are so many to choose from so I never get bored.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
I love the spicy thai thingies and the pineapple rice!
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
26 May 08
I prefer home cooked food. For us, eating out is more of a treat and not something we regularly do. Plus eating out alot gets expensive. I always make sure we have some meals we can cook quickly (like a pizza) for the nights when we get home late from work and don't feel like cooking.
• Singapore
27 May 08
Oh yea, things are so expensive nowadays... even for home cooked food.
• India
26 May 08
'Home Cooked food for a change and outside food for a change' pretty sums up my philosophy.The preference though tilts towards Home Cooked food for the taste,the ambience(no need for designer chairs and tables and people ready to serve you and bring your fingerbowl).Somehow when I have a Home cooked meal I strongly feel that it gives Food the due respect it deserves-there is a certain humility when you have it as compared to the pleasure seeking attitude when you eat outside food.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Ah ha!
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
27 May 08
Hi dear i also like to eat home cooked food or in office cafeteria(Lunch). We have proper cafeteria with good cooks and best standard of kitchen and food is good. I dibne out but its rarely and specially when i have guessts. Or when we are in mood to eat KFC, Mc Donald or Pizza Hut. I do agree with u that grass at other side is always green Take care
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Wow, lucky you!
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
27 May 08
Thanks
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
27 May 08
cupid of course you will like home made food because you don't have to cook....you have to just sit like king and nice tasty food will be severed by your wife....
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
27 May 08
Hi lordwarwizard, let me tell you honestly....when I was in India, I just loved eating outside, because food that we get in restaurants and hotels or even snacks that are made be hawkers are so tasty and no matter how much you try to make it at home you just cannot make them as tasty as they make it. Since I am very much found of eating spicy food, I would love to eat outside. No I live in Israel, here we don't find that Indian touch at all. I prefer making food at home and I enjoy only what I cook...food in hotels and restaurants are not worth enjoying. Here we have some Indian restaurants but they cannot make food as tasty as in India because of difference of soil. so now I have become a good girl. I cook home food and me and my family quietly enjoy it..........
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@nupats (3564)
• India
27 May 08
i agree with u i love going out and binging on the food stalls...there is loads and loads to try out..
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@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
27 May 08
hi aprsara nice response but i never knew that Soil is also used as ingredients of Food, News for me and i thinik now its time to learn cooking other than boiling egg and making tea Thanks
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• Singapore
27 May 08
While, what a big difference!
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@nupats (3564)
• India
27 May 08
i love going out and also love eating out...there is so much of choice and no need to sweat in the kitchen...since my hubby is out the whole day he loves home made food...love to relax in light clothing and have his dinner so we have deal we eat out twice or maybe thrice a week and rest i cook for him anything he likes...
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• Singapore
27 May 08
That would depend on what you know how to cook. :P
@nupats (3564)
• India
27 May 08
i can cook seafood prawns, squids, fish, Crab in curry barbeque all varieties, goan food, manglorean food, simple dal and veggies, burger, pizza, biryani, pulao,...i cant do much of baking though ..i can make english food, south Indian food,north indian food,chinese...in indian food there is so much of variety...but the efforts r grt to get the right taste...i m very fond of english food and continental as well but my hubby prefers the indian dishes with all the masala...cheers...wt do u cook?
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Wow, you sound like a magnificent cook! I can't cook... SOB.
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@mayka123 (13898)
• India
27 May 08
I lived for 5 years in a hostel where I would crave for home cooked meals. Now I eat only home cooked food but once a month I do go out for a meal. But I dont like it more often than that. If the children insist of having something from out I see if I can combine it with something made at home!
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Why didn't you learn to cook yourself?
@mayka123 (13898)
• India
27 May 08
I have learnt to cook for myself now. But sometimes we do bring some food from out for a change. Not too often but just once a month or so.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Yup, good to have a change once in a while.
• United States
27 May 08
I'd love to eat in more, but as my MS progresses, I tend to forget little steps of preparing my meals and resort to packaged food (not nearly as good or inexpensive). It ends up costing me a lot more money too--something I really can't afford. I tend to go in cycles--I get a hankering for a specific food and I just want to eat that dish for a while.
• Singapore
27 May 08
Gosh...
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• United States
27 May 08
Yeah, well, life happens and God only gives you what He feels you can handle. Maybe I'll get someone to cook for me...and I don't have to wait until I'm old! It's frustrating, but that's why I have so many cook books....and I just check off each step in pencil.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Lol... if you think so.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
26 May 08
I prefer home-cooked food, as it is healthier and often tastes much better than restaurant food or fast food!
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Good chefs at home? :P
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
27 May 08
Yes, good chefs live here! We can learn how to make our favorite foods!
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• Singapore
30 May 08
That's so cool!
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@miryam (6507)
• Italy
26 May 08
in my homa... but sometime i prefer out....exempole for pizza...... bye myryam
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Pizza can be at home too lol. Like pigging out on pizza at home.
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
27 May 08
i go out only for a pizza or........a good boy lol byr myryam
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Lol, good boy.
@poohgal (6847)
• Singapore
14 Jun 08
Sigh.. I eat out everyday. I used to live near my grandmother and I got to eat home-cooked food everyday. Ever since I moved house, I only get to eat home-cooked food once a week when I visit my grandmother. Now that she is in hospital, I eat outside food everyday. I very much prefer home-cooked food. I felt this way when I was young and still feel this way now.
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• Singapore
14 Jun 08
Sounds bad... learn to cook yourself?
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@poohgal (6847)
• Singapore
14 Jun 08
Cooking is so tough..
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• Singapore
20 Jun 08
Eating is tough too. Every time eat already so full. Cannot do anything at all...
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
27 May 08
i'm a rather craving-driven person. i usually go for what i feel like eating. i'd say i'm very lucky coz i am living in a country where you can find cuisine of almost any kind. so i pretty much eat outside everyday as i can have affordable thai food today, japanese tomorrow and indian food the day after. however, there are certain dishes that i couldn't find any better than my own cooking. so when i crave for these dishes i'd cook myself. my mum doesn't really cook nowadays as she is getting on in age.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Hey, that's cool! If you have all kinds of food around you, then you can just go for anything you fancy.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Convenience is one cool thing.
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
27 May 08
I really think that it comes down to my mood I love to cook and experience a home cooked meal but I also love to go out and be waited on if possible so that I can have a relaxing night. LOL!!!!
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• Singapore
27 May 08
I can't cook so there.
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• United States
27 May 08
But I still love you Lordwarwizard!!!
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Lol thanks!
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
27 May 08
I always prefer home-cooked food not only because it is served hot but also, I am sure that it is clean. I dine out too but not that often. I had amoebiasis and gastroenteritis so I try to refrain from eating outside and would prefer using disposable utensils than those that are washed and I am not even sure if they are washed properly.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
Oh yea, some food places can be so unhygienic.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Our place was recently devastated with a strong typhoon then so the water used in washing the utensils could have been contaminated because the flood has just recently subsided. I don't have problems with the people who were in-charged in the cafeteria then but what cause my disease was water-borne.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Geez, sorry to heat that. I hope things improve for you soon...
@patgalca (16466)
• Orangeville, Ontario
26 May 08
I wouldn't mind home cooked meals if someone else was cooking them. I don't have the time or motivation to cook, especially on nights like tonight when one kid has a school soccer practice after school and then a rep soccer game at 7pm (has to be there at 6:30 and it's a half hour drive), and another kid has Taekwondo at 7, and I'm not sure whether DH is getting off work at 5pm or 7pm. What the heck is the point of making a meal on a night like that? I spend all day trying to decide what to cook. Most of the time 5:00 rolls around and I'm scrambling to come up with something because I couldn't decide. I don't plan in advance for meals. I get frustrated because I will cook a meal and then activities will throw a wrench into the works and I find myself eating alone a meal I wouldn't make for myself (and probably shouldn't be eating for health reasons). An example is when my husband doesn't arrive home from golfing at the appointed time, or I forget that DD 15 has Taekwondo (which I did for tonight until just a few minutes ago). I don't really care for eating out. It takes too much time to dine in and I wouldn't want to be eating fast food all the time. What I really, really, really want is someone to cook dinners in my home every night. That would be ideal. Someone who is a good cook, by the way. I am not adverse to grabbing a sandwich wrap at the grocery store (as opposed to a burger at McDonald's). It's healthier but eating out can cost a lot of money. Mealtimes really are a bone of contention around here with my illness, whether I have the energy to cook, whether anyone is going to be here. I hate it when I go to all the trouble to cook a nice meal and then we're not sitting down together to eat because everyone has different schedules. I don't need supper; I'm supposed to eat 6 small meals a day. The others are content with a bowl of cereal but then one kid will end out having 3 bowls of cereal a day. That's a lot of cereal we go through. Now I understand what my mother was going through when she said to me (when I was a teenager) that she couldn't come up with meal ideas every night.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Why don't you just cook everything at some set time then the ones returning late will just warm the food up. That's how it is done over here (or we just choose to eat out but your kids are still small so maybe they can bring along some snack e.g. sandwiches in case they are hungry before late dinner). Go win a lottery or something... then you can hire your personal chef at home.
@patgalca (16466)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 May 08
I usually do leave the plates sitting on the table with a bowl over them so they can reheat them in the microwave. My husband will eat it, my 15 yo will eat it SOMETIMES if she is really hungry, but my kids don't much like what is considered leftovers. For example, they love my lasagna. They will eat it the first night but they won't eat it any day after that. It gets better tasting as it sits so I don't know why they won't eat it. They just don't like leftovers period. I would kill to be able to afford to have a personal cook, but I'm afraid they wouldn't take much liking to my awful kitchen.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
I think kids are mostly like this. Only when they grow up more would they change.
26 May 08
I prefer both if they have all the nutrients.
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• Singapore
27 May 08
You can choose those healthy ones...
27 May 08
For sure, sites that have brief descriptions of those healthy foods are all the time a delight to read them. Than......just a step to visit their magazines.
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• Singapore
30 May 08
Reading only? Take action!