You want to hear something funny? A few days ago my father tried to convince me that it was a bad idea to buy food that’s on sale. He claimed that if meat or produce goes on sale it means that it’s low quality. Does anyone out there buy into that? Keep in mind this is also the man who, when I made tuna the other day, claimed that I should have bought chilean sea bass even though it was $16.99 a pound. I’m thinking he can’t be trusted.

I should also say that I’ve decided to do something slightly insane. I, Joanne, am going to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco with Team In Training in October. It’s kind of scary because I have to raise a LOT of money by then but I have to keep reminding myself that plenty of other people out there manage to do it and I have the resource of NYC at my fingertips plus plenty of friends and family who will be (hopefully) willing to help out. I think it’s kind of amusing that I’m more scared of money-raising then of the actual running.

We had our first practice last night at which I met an awesome group of people who I am really excited to train with. Another reason I’m doing it with the charity (aside from the fact that I can’t really afford to pay race fees AND for a flight AND for a hotel, and because it’s sold out) is because I can’t imagine training by myself. The idea of running 20 miles for training by myself just does not sound appealing, but it sounds much more doable when you have a group of 50-100 doing it with you.
So this pasta dish was a good, but odd, combination of flavors. It started out as an attempt on my behalf to use some sugar snap peas that I had bought at the Farmer’s Market over the weekend. These babies were amazing. I don’t know if it’s because they were local but they were surprisingly sweet and could really have been eaten all by themselves. My father tried to pick them all out of my pasta because he didn’t like the sauce (he hates curry – surprise surprise) but I quickly tied his hands behind his back when I realized what he was doing.

I was kind of craving coconut milk and pasta so I did a food network search and came up with a recipe for a shrimp and sugar snap pea stir fry from eating well. I nixed the shrimp and turned the stir fry into a pasta dish. The sauce tasted better on the second day and though I liked this dish, I’m not sure it’s something I’ll make again. Those snap peas though – I WILL be buying those at the Farmer’s Market again this weekend. In bulk.
Curried Sugar Snap Pea Pasta
Serves 2, adapted from Eating Well

1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp curry powder
1 cup light coconut milk
3/4 lb sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lb pasta

1. Boil the water for pasta and cook the pasta. Reserve water to add to sauce later.

2. Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add the curry powder and toast until fragrant. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, lemon juice, and salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 minutes more. When the pasta is done, pour the sauce over it. Add reserved pasta water as desired.

I am submitting this to Presto Pasta Nights, which will be hosted this week by Kait of Pots and Plots.

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17 Responses to Curried Sugar Snap Pea Pasta

  1. Your October run sounds like a fantastic goal to work towards, and something you can have fun doing in the process. And the pasta? Mmmm.

  2. Natashya says:

    I do love curry.. and pasta.. and sugar snap peas. Looks great to me!

  3. Ty'sMommy says:

    Mmmm I do love snap peas. I actually get them to snack on at work, like carrots or celery, only better! Good luck on the run!

  4. Marcia says:

    Good luck with your training! I live in So. Cal, and one of my friends is training, I think for that too (but maybe the half marathon….)

    Here are my tips: I did the 3-day breast cancer walk 3 times, and I was also afraid of fundraising.

    Write a good fundraising letter. Mail it to everyone you know. For friends who are good with email, send an email with the link (AND a paper letter).

    I’ve had many walker friends try to do things like have a garage sale, or get a restaurant to sponsor them so that they get 10% of the proceeds from a night’s dinner…that doesn’t work. The best way to raise money is just to send an email and letter to everyone you know.

    They shouldn’t be offended by being asked, and you shouldn’t be offended if they choose not to donate. It’s for charity.

  5. ttfn300 says:

    LOVE sugar snap peas 🙂 congrats on your new challenge! exciting!

  6. Debinhawaii says:

    Those sugar snap peas look so fresh and delicious and with curry sauce and pasta it looks really good.

    That’s great you are doing the race–such a good cause!

  7. Megan says:

    Good luck with your training – what an awesome goal you’ve set for yourself.

    I love sugar snap peas, too. I usually just dip them into something like ranch dressing. Boring, I know!

  8. ejm says:

    Aren’t sugar snap peas great? We love them with pasta with mint and pecan pesto and grilled chicken or shrimp (I wonder what your dad would think of that combination…).


  9. burpandslurp says:

    wow this pasta dish sounds fantastic with the coconut milk! AWESOME!
    And a marathon? double wow! I’m so envious…running a marathon is my DREAM! I’m sure you’ll be able to raise the money, Joanne! Good luck!!

  10. Reeni? says:

    This looks delicious! Love the snap peas and curry is a flavor you don’t see them paired with often. You are so brave and motivated – I wish you the best in your training!

  11. Donna-FFW says:

    20 miles, god. Dont you fade away into nothing..make sure you eat.. EWWW I sound like my mom, how awful.

    Anyway, I wish you luck and admire you for it. Your dish looks fantastic, too bad you didnt consider it a repeater. I enjoy snap peas tremendously also.

  12. Kim says:

    You are so motivated. A run in San Fran sounds like an amazing experience. Good for you!! I love sugar snap peas too and don’t see them often enough in stores. I’ve been buying them at the farmer’s market too. You should share the fundraising info on your blog and see what happens.

  13. Indrani says:

    Thanks a lot for leaving comments on my blog..Loved your entry tpp for PPn..I even bookmarked your recipe..I absolutely love sugar snappeas..I think it’s a gr8 and new idea for making pasta

  14. Kristin says:

    I absolutely LOVE sugarsnap peas! I am very sad because I was unable to grow them this spring due to all this rain. 🙁

  15. Ruth says:

    Good luck with the marathon…hats off to you! Let me know when there’s a couch potato marathon and I’ll be there 😉

    Thanks for sharing this very original and tasty looking pasta with Presto Pasta Nights.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    You had me at “sugar snap peas.”

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