Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello, 2013 ^^

Happy New Year! ^^ Hope it's another blessed year for all ^^

Well, we had a simple meal to usher in the new year last night.. seafood marinara pasta ^^

Fatty hubby's all time favorite pasta ^^. He never fails to order this dish whenever we visit our favorite japanese cafe, haikara ^^ (yummy mentaiko pasta is served there too ^^).

I've always figured it can't be that difficult to replicate.. And it isn't ^^. Not sure why it took me so long to ever make this at home ^^??! Especially since all one needs is just a bottle of ready-made tomato sauce ^^, some mussels and a pack of seafood mix! ^^

Cheat's seafood marinara pasta
Cooked pasta, of own preference
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 yellow onion, sliced or diced (optional)
1 bottle of tomato based sauce (sorry ^^||, will cook from scratch with tomato puree next time) 
1 pack of mussels
1 pack of seafood mix
some squids (would've been nice ^^)
some water (if sauce is too thick ^^)
salt and pepper, to season (if necessary ^^)
some grated parmesan cheese, to serve
some chili flakes/powder, to serve

For an easy cheat's meal, throw everything (sauce, mussels and seafood mix) in and cook till it's cooked ^^! If adding garlic and onions, saute/browning them first would be nice. ^^

Fatty hubby really enjoyed this pasta ^^ so I'm happy ^^! Besides ^^, easy meals = happy cook! (^^)

p.s. was googling new year greetings, when this suddenly came on.. abba's happy new year.. which was released in 1980, of them looking forward to 1989/1990.. well, it's so way past that now ^^ and we still can't travel jetsons style.. so nostalgic and cute.. enjoy ^^


Mel said...

Hello Hui
Happy newnyear 2013 to you and to your family. Looking forward to your great post in 2013. I used to make pasta previously when my whole family is here... but now hardly, dont know why, probably my Dear not a fan to pasta but more to wantan noodles....hee...heee.... oh I am an ABBA fan ... when I am young I used to sing out loud of all their songs....hhee....

pudgy butterfly said...

abba songs are really easy on the ears ^^ and it's really fun to catch songs of yesteryears (i'm really not that old, btw.. i wish, haha!) once in a while ^^ like you, i used to croak to their songs when "very" young ^^

i'm also not that into pasta like your dear, mel ^^ i live for rice.. which explains why i hardly ever cook pasta ^^

Chef and Sommelier said...

Hi Hui! Happy New Year!

Perfect pasta dish and song to start the year!

Lisa Ho said...

Happy New Year...

ahhh.... ABBA. remembering my younger days, love ABBA. I could so relate to their songs.

pudgy butterfly said...

hi chef ^^ i agree.. pasta is the lazy person's version of a "perfect" meal, haha! seriously, your dinner party, that's perfect! your friends are so lucky! i am green with envy!!! ^^

hi lisa ^^ isn't it fun to hear abba songs once more? ^^ brings back memories, eh? ^^ looking forward to more delicious posts from you this year ^^