I took some time off during lunch hour to prepare dinner. Yes, you heard correctly. I was cooking dinner at 1pm so that I can go out tonight without worrying about what the kids are going to eat in the evening.
I was running some errands in town and decided to pop by the supermarket. They were replenishing new stock and I simply couldn't resist these nice looking shells. I bought some mussels, clams and chicken meat and headed straight home to make a pasta dish and Thai green curry.
When the mussels were cooked, I removed the meat and threw away the shells as they were taking up too much space.
Penne pasta boiling away.
With the shells out of the way, I increased the fire and poured in a can of diced tomato and pasta sauce. I added a pinch of salt and generous amount of black pepper.
When the penne was about ready (actually slightly under-cooked so that it will absorb the stock), I mixed them together with the seafood base.
Dinner was ready at 1.30pm. By the time the kids eat this, the pasta would be cold but it's ok, they like it this way. Unlike other brands in the market, the 'Marks & Spencer" pasta stays firm for a long time and will not end up too soggy.
I also made Thai chicken curry which I transfered into my new thermal pot. This is a small (1.5L) one that came together (free) with the other 6L one. At least this curry dish will stay hot until dinner.
I cooked green bean and barley soup for dessert too. I hope the kids will enjoy their dinner.