We now can get fresh gnocchi that does not have to be boiled. It can be cooked in a bit of butter or oil in a skillet. One fries it until lightly browned and it takes less than 10 minutes.
Pair that with the precooked, cleaned shrimp that I get at the fish counter and this main course is done in less than 15 minutes.
And it’s easy.
Add a spinach salad and dinner is ready in no time.
Directions assume you are not as lucky as I am and have to cook the shrimp and boil the gnocchi first.
That adds the time it takes to boil water….
Total time: 25 minutes
- 10oz (300gr) shrimp (prawns), cleaned
- 8 green garlic (or green onion), sliced, including green
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs butter
- 8oz (250gr) fresh gnocchi
- 3 tbs pesto
- 3 tbs fresh, chopped chives
- 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, 6 – 8 minutes
- Sauté green garlic and shrimp in remaining 1 tbs olive oil and butter in another skillet until tender, 6 – 8 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- When gnocchi is ready remove from heat and combine with shrimp / green garlic in the larger skillet.
- Add pesto, chives and stir to combine. Serve.
We’ve been having critter issues.
It all started a few weeks ago when I saw a caramel-colored something dash across our road. It looked like a rodent but was bigger than I thought a rat should be. It was a pretty color and appeared smooth-coated.
I asked around…. No one knew anything.
I had no luck on Google and finally decided it must have been a weasel of some sort and forgot about it.
Then I bought some anti-slug pellets (poisonous, I’m quite certain) to protect my lettuce, chard and spinach as it comes up. I’ve used it for years. I usually end up with a few dead slugs and I’m done for the season. Once the lettuce gets a few inches tall it’s safe.
They’re small, blue pellets.
The other day the box had been taken off the table, chewed open and the little blue pellets were spread the length of the driveway. I had to vacuum them out of the rocks.
Since it was all too much destruction for a mouse we assumed we had a rat.
Mon mari dutifully set a rat trap.
So far we have eliminated 2 rats.
A few days ago I was letting the dogs out and the caramel-colored critter ran across our front lawn and dove into a hole by the wisteria.
I still don’t know what it is, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a rat. The rats were gray and much smaller – although bigger than the mice.
So…. now the unknown rodent (?) is living with us.
Yesterday was beautiful. I had the door open and the dogs were lying in front of it, watching for bunnies. As I walked by, one of the pretty, big, emerald green lizards scurried into the house and hid under a chair. They are gorgeous lizards and very shy. I rarely see them. They’re usually about 10″ long.
I have no idea what happened to it but, as I left the door open for a few more hours, I assume it found it’s way back outside.
Then there was this:
This was one of 4 slugs in this head of cauliflower.
The cauliflower wasn’t ‘officially’ organic but I’m fairly certain it was…. regardless of the lack of labeling and lower price tag.
That’s life in the country