For autumn 2017, I planned to cook more for Little Prince and myself. Of course, we would still go for our food adventure, but we would also enjoy home-cooked meals whenever I could afford the time and energy to do so.
- pro: non-reactive pottery material, can cook herbal medicine without worrying about reactivity
- con: need to plan ahead given a longer cooking time, heavy to wash, cook only water-based food e.g. soup, herbal drink
rice cooker with non-stick pot
- pro: easy to wash
- con: the nonstick coating may deteriorate as a function of usage and time , toxicity concerns of Teflon and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that were recommended to be labeled as a likely carcinogen.
rice cooker with aluminium pot (a classic favored by our mothers)
- pro: very good thermal conductivity
- con: a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease
stainlesss steel kettle
- pro: I think stainless steel is much better than plastic kettle
- con: stainless steel is a relatively poor heat conductor
stainlesss steel scissor
- to cut dates for cooking soup
- to cut vegetables into smaller pieces for little children
 Since the nonstick coating of my existing rice cooker pot was scratched which rendered it unsafe for continue usage, on 20170819, I bought a new Black + Decker rice cooker with non-stick pot for ~ USD 26, as I could not find any rice cooker with a stainless steel pot in one of the largest hypermarket in the city.
When we wash the inner-pot, use the softest sponge. If we have some dried rice at the bottom, don’t try to scrub it out, but let it soak in warm/hot water so the soft sponge can do the rest for us easily.