Pesto Shrimp with Asparagus and Gnocchi; opinion on ad and tiny flowers

I actually used both white and green asparagus in this dish, but, as they are cooked differently I only listed the green in the recipe.

We had white asparagus for the starter and we had too many…. so, after they were cooked (properly for white asparagus), I tossed them in the skillet with the shrimp.

Yes, now we’re eating two kinds of asparagus at the same meal.

Sadly, I think the season is coming to an end.

Regarding the ads…

I am told the video ad is now working. I believe it’s being inserted after the 3rd paragraph which is before the recipe.

So – is it annoying? Easy to get past? Short? Long?

There is an option to have it after the last paragraph of the post, rather than at the beginning…. Would that be a better choice?

I await your opinions.

Update: I have changed the ad to display after the last paragraph…. Does it work and is it less annoying / workable?

Pesto Shrimp with Asparagus and Gnocchi

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) shrimp (prawns), cleaned
  • 12oz (360gr) green asparagus, cut into 1 1/2″ lengths
  • 3 green garlic (or green onion), sliced, including green
  • 2 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 10oz (300gr) fresh gnocchi
  • 4 tbs pesto
  • 1 tbs salad olive oi
  • 2 tbs fresh, chopped basil leaves

Pesto Shrimp with Asparagus and Gnocchi


  • Cook gnocchi in boiling water just until it floats, 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately put in a hot skillet,big enough to hold it all in a single layer.
  • Add 1 tbs olive and toss to coat. Fry over medium heat, tossing frequently, until lightly browned.
  • Sauté green garlic and asparagus in remaining 1 tbs olive oil in another skillet until tender, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and sauté until they start to curl and turn opaque.
  • Remove from heat.
  • When gnocchi is ready remove from heat and combine with shrimp / asparagus in the larger skillet.
  • Add pesto, salad olive oil and stir to combine.
  • Add basil leaves and serve.

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While I wait you can admire some more tiny flowers.

These are the smallest. I took a photo so I could enlarge it in order to see them…


They’re between 1/16th and 1/8th inch.


These little blue flowers are always singles and always nestled down into the grass.

I love spring.

Last update on May 13, 2016

6 thoughts on “Pesto Shrimp with Asparagus and Gnocchi; opinion on ad and tiny flowers”

  1. The video ad is annoying being inserted where it is. At least its over fast. If I had to see it every time, I’d go away. It would be better at the side or bottom or not at all.

  2. Tanna, the white will last a bit longer than the green, so there’s still time

    phoenicia, thanks, I’ll move it.

    Ina, I think it’s my favorite time – then we get days on end of cold rain and I look forward to dry fall lol

  3. I only see the video on my iPhone & it isn’t annoying to me. I don’t see the video when I use Internet explorer or google chrome on my work laptop…could be that work blocks videos.

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