Quitting Smoking and Fresh Pasta with Arugula

24 Jun

So, I sit to write this on day 3 of at least my 200th time to quit smoking. I mean this really is the beast of all beasts and I don’t want to do it again. I don’t want to go through the mood swings, the insane carb cravings (more on this later) and twitchy nervousness. I’m done. Done, done. No 201st time to quit, the 200th will take.
Yesterday we started strong. We woke up at 6:30, made a smoothie and made it to the gym by 7 for a workout (the first in 8 months of falling in love with my sweet Jo). From the gym we were among the first to arrive at Boggy Creek Farm. We have been craving the ciabatta, tomato, egg and goat cheese sandwich for two weeks now, and hell, we worked out, so why not? Well, Barrie was indeed there with the ciabatta and she had croissants galore. Defenseless from not smoking and self-righteous from exercise, we bought two and shared one on the way home from Boggy. Our breakfast was a near exact repeat of the recipe shared in the first blog, but Jo has a soft spot for tangy sorrel, so we added that to hers and I decided to augment mine with a basil leaf.

farm breakfast

Well, the snowball of consumption just picked up speed at this point. For our lunch we had bagel sandwiches of soysage, cheese, tomatoes and arugula, followed by the second croissant for dessert. By 7 PM the wheels have fallen entirely off the bus and we found ourselves waiting at Pluckers (PLUCKERS??? I haven’t been here since college!!!) for fried pickles, fried mushrooms, waffle fries with cheese and guapo (seriously) dip. Once back at home we tucked into that gut busting (literally) meal and Season 2 of True Blood. So, the finally tally for the day looks like this:

fruit smoothies: 2
Barrie Baking loaf ciabatta: 1
Barrie Baking croissant: 2
Rock Star bagels: 2
Pluckers extravaganza for 2
cigarettes: ZERO

I understand that day 3 of quitting is the most pivotal, the poison is out, from here on it is a mind game, so… I consider day 2 a win for us, albeit a little rough on our guts. Day 3 is shaping up to be much better!

Today has been about limping around with pleasantly sore muscles (one is reminded of the strength that resides within) and atonement to my stomach from the ills of yesterday.

We started today with a peach, blueberry, banana and hibiscus smoothie and a soul satisfying lunch of fresh pasta tossed with Boggy arugula and basil, pistachios, parmesan cheese and a generous serving of pepper. This is one of my favorite quick lunches or dinners. There are several variations that are great, here is mine from today:

1lb fresh rigatoni or other short pasta
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup reserved from pasta water
3-4 cups fresh arugula
1/3 cup pistachios
4-5 fresh basil leaves
red and crushed black pepper and salt to taste
1/4 cup olive oil

Put water on to boil. Cook pasta to desired doneness. Before you drain pasta dip a coffee cup in and reserve pasta water for the final product.
In pan large enough to toss all ingredients, heat oil, pepper and pistachios until slightly toasted. Don’t let the pistachios burn. Over low heat, toss cooked pasta with oil and pistachios, add cheese and a splash of the water. Keep working until cheese is pretty evenly coating the pasta. If it is clumping up, add more water until it smooths out. Once cheese is well distributed, add arugula. When arugula begins to wilt, turn off heat. Serve in bowls topped with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.

I love this with browned sausage in place of the pistachios too!


Not That Martha


14 Responses to “Quitting Smoking and Fresh Pasta with Arugula”

  1. Will June 24, 2010 at 2:46 PM #

    Yum! Are you vegetarian? Did you and Jo move in? Do you still need someone for the Manor house? How are you? I like what you are doing on this blog.

  2. Jo June 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM #

    Love, Plucker’s was a fun little piece of hell to share with you! Our breakfast & lunch today has definitely corrected our wrongs. I’m proud of us!

    Ima buy you a Hibiscus Mint GoodPop!

    • notthatmartha June 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM #

      oh honey, never ever again to pluckers. can you promise me?

  3. Brandi June 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM #

    Stay strong Martha! I too am in the midst of “Operation Quit for 900th time 2010” and it makes me feel good to know that you too are on the quit train. We can do it! I made a list of reasons and have it up at the office—on that list is “Babies will like me more”–Jonathan added that one.

    • notthatmartha June 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM #

      eff smoking. seriously! i don’t want to do this again. i feel better that we are on the same page and totally love jonathan’s addition. i’ll add it to my list.

  4. Margy June 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM #

    Yum!!! Good luck with the smoking. You can do it. Kick that nasty habit. Try to replace smoking with eating something healthy like carrot sticks. I have another idea but I’m not sure it would work for you. I’ll tell you later.

  5. Medea June 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM #

    Giiiirrrl – good luck with the no smoking thing!!! You can do it!

    ps: just say no to fried food and pluckers! that stuff will kill ya’!

  6. Sara Leete June 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    Woohoo, Im so proud of you! Also, want that pasta in my belly now!

  7. Zakiyyah June 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    Me oh my does that ciabatta sandwich look delicious! Congrats to you and Jo on quitting – and don’t worry about the Pluckers 😉 it’s all about balance darling!!

  8. Karen June 24, 2010 at 9:44 PM #

    Be healthy so that we can all know cute old lady Martha! The young one is so charming and amazing, I can just imagine how incredible you’ll be as you learn more and more amazing recipes and wisdom from a life well-lived. Quitting smoking was one of the hardest and best things I ever did for myself (and I still want to smoke sometimes! It’s like AA – one day at a time).

  9. Camille June 26, 2010 at 8:38 AM #

    YOU CAN DO IT, Martha! I am going to make this pasta tonight and I think I am going to add sausage. Should I add italian sausage? Maybe a pancetta? Prosciutto? What do you suggest? I love your blog.

    And, I have decided that I am angry with you. You are over the moon in love, I can tell, and I still haven’t met her?!?! That breaks my heart so please let’s all get together soon. I must meet your sweet Jo!!!!

    Love you,

    • notthatmartha June 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM #

      we for reals need to get together. all sorts of life to catch up on! italian sausage would be perfect for this pasta. or crisp the proscuitto and put it on top!
      love you!

  10. T^ June 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM #

    I’m so proud of you and Jo! All the food you guys ate sounds DELICIOUS!! I’ve wanted to try Pluckers for soooooo long now! I can’t wait to be a non-smoker, Michael just rounded week 3 of quitting. He’s doing wonderful! Keep up the great work Sweet Martha, I enjoyed your blog, thanks for sharing!

  11. Katie June 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM #

    You go girl! 🙂

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