A recipe for making money
It's winter, and who wouldn't benefit from a bowl of well-cooked homemade soup? This, no doubt, is why Towngas is sending out a new glossy booklet this week full of soup and dessert recipes, like Chinese ham and chicken soup, sweet potato and papaya soup, or whelk and lean pork soup.
Alarmingly, though, they all take 11/2 to 21/2 hours to make.
My heart starts pounding whenever I open my Towngas bill after my wife has boiled some soup that month.
With a customer base of 1.6 million households across the city, just imagine how much it adds to the gas monopoly's bottom line if just 20 per cent of the families spend an extra hour making soup each month.
Suddenly, the recipes don't look so good anymore.