Do you cook at home? Some families cook daily, others cook once or twice a week.
For our family, I live with my wife and my sister. The 3 of us at home take turns to cook. Since all 3 of us are working, we only managed to cook at home twice or thrice a week. The dishes we usually cook are those that mum used to prepare when we were young. We always try to recreate them and then send the photos to mum via our smartphone ‘group chat’ function. We have siblings staying overseas and they are part of the group chat.
Mum laughs when we send her the photos. In fact, she lets us know the ‘secret’ of cooking certain dishes when we tell her they just don’t taste the same! The next thing we know, our siblings in the UK are also trying to replicate the same dishes! The 3 of us here will try a few times before we send the photos over to ‘show off’. We have a good time discussing, laughing and sometimes arguing over the taste. It’s good family bonding fun!
We cook at home because we know it has many benefits. We know the quality of the food that we buy. Most of us will pick the freshest vegetables and best cut of meat for our family. We can also control what’s added into the dishes- less salt, less oil or fats, no MSG, no fake flavouring. We know that we do need fats in our body to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K (Yes, I memorise this since I was young), but we can choose the good kind of oil if we cook at home. You want to control what’s getting into your body don’t you?
You probably would have watched on TV the FairPrice Family Cook Off 2 show recently. I know some of you while watching the show might have said to your family: “We can do that too! In fact, I think we can do it better!” The only thing preventing you all from joining the show is that you are camera shy!
Do you know that the Health Promotion Board has a Let’s Cook Healthy Together Photo Contest? If you are already cooking for your family, take a photo of how cooking together as a family is fun. You would need to include a child below the age of 18 in the photo to join the contest. This should be quite a fun project for the family!
Let me tempt you with the prizes. They are quite attractive! There’s $3000 worth of vouchers as well as cooking classes for the 1st prize.
- $3,000 worth of FairPrice vouchers
- 3 Cooking classes for a family of 4 at Cookery Magic
- $2,000 worth of FairPrice vouchers
- 2 Cooking classes for a family of 4 at Cookery Magic
- $1,000 worth of FairPrice vouchers
- 1 Cooking class for a family of 4 at Cookery Magic
Plus, there will be consolation prizes of $100 worth of vouchers each
Submission: 13 Aug 2012 (09:00) to 16 Sept 2012 (23:59)
Voting of finalists: 18 Sept 2012 (09:00) to 28 Sept 2012 (17:00)
Announcement of winners: 4 Oct 2012
To join the contest and get you might want to get connected to the HPB Facebook page at: