shrimp with fennel, dill and feta |

Results from the inaugural Peruser’s Druthers poll are in! Sounds like y’all wanna hear about my almost-relationship with Gérard Depardieu, and I’ve gotta tell you: 2.0 was pretty relieved. But I won’t be telling you that story today. Nope. Because I’ve got a little situation with my left hand which makes typing un-fun. I’m lurching around the interwebs like Frankenstein’s monster on a trampoline. But don’t worry, little lambs, I’m on the mend! 

shrimp with fennel, dill and feta |

So, to tide you over (and build a little Depardieu suspense), I thought I’d share one of my most favourite meals with you. This little ditty has been in my repertoire for years and years. I make it for myself when 2.0 travels – because he doesn’t like shrimp – and I made some today because it always makes me feel less beastly.

shrimp with fennel, dill and feta |

You can get the recipe on Epicurious. It’s super easy to make, and takes only minutes to throw together. The fennel has a nice crunch (slice it thin), the feta adds a satisfying saltiness, and the shrimp? Well, shrimp is a party for your mouth. This dish ain’t pretty, but it is delicious. I make the recipe almost exactly as written, except I stir the feta and dill in as I’m cooking the shrimp, so the cheese gets a little melty and saucy (rather than using it as a garnish). I usually use frozen shrimp that has been defrosted, peeled, deveined, and de-tailed. (I don’t eat tail.)

shrimp with fennel, dill and feta |

Hey, did you know that Gérard Depardieu has been in about 170 movies? Probably not. You don’t know him like I do…


  1. Willow @Will Cook For Friends on January 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME. And now I want shrimp. I also want to rip the caps-lock off my keyboard and tear my eyeballs out. Thanks, Movita.

    • movita beaucoup on January 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

      Oh, Willow. I didn’t say the story was good…

  2. emmalina on January 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I remember the time I almost married Gerard Depardieu in my imagination, good, good times. If your story can beat that for excitement well then I’ll be surprised. That’s right, words work for me!

    P.S. Shrimp is evil and working to overthrow civilization. With an s. Damn you auto correct!

    • movita beaucoup on January 31, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Gérard really gets around… Also, I didn’t say the story was good. But you people voted for it, so whatever…

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked on January 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    2.0 doesn’t like shrimp? He could never be Chinese. You go to one of our 10 course meals, 9 courses have shrimp in it (that’s only a slight exaggeration). Yes, I’m dying from suspense. I need that Gerard Depardieu story! I also need the story about your hand. What happened? My little sister once had a car door slam shut on her hand and the aftermath was horrific (her nails filled with blood and they fell off about a week afterwards. I took photos, obvs). This shrimp dish – yes. Looks delish!

    • movita beaucoup on January 31, 2014 at 7:39 am

      2.0 doesn’t like shrimp. Every time I say it, I can’t believe it. {insert head shaking here}

      My hand story isn’t nearly as disgusting as your sister’s. It seems that I have a compressed nerve – it’s been causing my face to go numb and droop, and now has started messing with my hand. It’s uncomfortable and weird, but my nails are unlikely to fall off. My Medical Team should have me back up and running before too much permanent damage is done!

      If Gérard were here, he’d probably make me pheasant under glass and chocolate cake.

      • gottagetbaked on February 2, 2014 at 4:18 am

        Aw man, that sounds terrible! Is it something that’s going to go away? I hope to God it’s not permanent. At least you’re going to keep your nails. And if Gerard can’t drop by, get 2.0 moving on the pheasant and chocolate cake! I’ll be thinking of you and sending good vibes your way for a speedy recovery!

  4. ironwoodfarm on January 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Speaking of little lambs…we had 3 born on Sunday night! And the farmer picked up 2 little piggies so that we won’t feel so guilty about all of the food waste coming out of the kitchen these days, since the mother-in-law started cooking. (If she could read the tiny font on your blog, I’d try to get her to branch out into some movita recipes…)

    • movita beaucoup on February 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

      More lambs? Squeeeeeeeeeal! {Please let them sleep in your bed with you.}

  5. Cravings of a Lunatic on January 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    First of all feel better.

    Secondly the “I don’t eat tail” line made me pee my pants a little bit.

    • movita beaucoup on February 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

      It’s true, Kim. I DON’T EAT TAIL.

  6. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories on January 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    A. That is a pretty dish even if you don’t think so. B. I’m also in suspense about what happened to your hand poor baby (hope it gets better fast!). C. How can someone not like shrimp?

    • movita beaucoup on January 31, 2014 at 7:10 am

      A. It’s not the UGLIEST dish I’ve ever made, that’s for sure!
      B. It seems I have a compressed nerve situation – it’s making the left side of my face all wonky AND has now moved into my hand. It’s uncomfortable, but not too painful, so I can still eat a lot of candy.
      C. I ask this of 2.0 all the time.

  7. Choc Chip Uru on January 31, 2014 at 12:59 am

    This little lamb is glad you are feeling better 🙂
    And Mr Depardieu is my man. Albeit a little older but he is just SO amazing! But I also love Jean Dujardin 😛
    hook them both in with this delicious shrimp!


  8. frugalfeeding on January 31, 2014 at 5:27 am

    That looks seriously satisfying… Prawns, gotta love prawns.

    • emma on January 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Unless you are 2.0.

  9. Bonnie on January 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Interesting. I come to your blog to discover news from Ironwood. I like live lambs much more than dead shrimp, but that’s just me. I hope that your hand will soon be better. Take care.

  10. emma on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Is the compressed nerve why you were getting scanned and screened a few months ago? Is it a result of forcing your feet into pointe shoes for years? Are your feet always bleedy and swollen? I was thinking yesterday about how much you hate nature, but how if your feet are as gross as I think they might be that that is almost worse than anything I’ve seen in nature. Except maybe that duck foot that I severed off its carcass last spring. I carry it around with me in my truck for good luck.

    • movita beaucoup on January 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Well, NOW we know it was a compressed nerve. But only because my hand basically died last week. And no, it’s not from ballet. IT’S FROM BAKING. And crafting. And computering. Isn’t that sad? The compressed nerve is also (apparently) responsible for my facial numbness and drooping. But don’t worry. My Team has me on the mend. (Though nothing can be done for my feet. Or arthritis. Or other dance-related grossness.) On the plus side, the scan basically proved that my brain is awesome and has no tumours. So, that probably deserves extra cake or something…

      Also, that whole duck-carcass thing is gunna haunt me for a very long time.

  11. Amy on January 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Nate doesn’t like shrimp either…and it just so happens he’s travelling this weekend. What perfect timing for this delightful sounding recipe 😉 Looking forward to your story….

    • Eggton on January 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Scott doesn’t like shrimp either. What is it with dudes and shrimp? Are they afraid of them? They’re JUST ITTY BITTY SEA MONSTERS. Gah. Maybe someone called them shrimps when they were very little kids, and they never got over it. I love shrimp. Especially when they’re all saucy like this!

      • movita beaucoup on February 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

        Dudes be CRAZY. There’s no other explanation.

  12. jessieharrold on February 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This looks so springy! And healthy! And wholesome! Pinning!

  13. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on February 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Gérard and I go way back – he’s 65 for goodness sake. 🙂 Now that he’s a Russian I worry that our love affair might be over.

    While I contemplate that, I’ll have a dish of these shrimp and then seconds. Looks very good.

  14. themessybakerblog on February 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Sometimes you have to say “sorry for ya” to the hubs and make something you want. If Squirrel had his way, it would be a meat feast every day. I’m so excited for story time. Hope your hand feels better.

  15. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen on February 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve missed out on just too much. Miss you lots movita

  16. natalie @ wee eats on February 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    First, I still get super unreasonably excited every time I see your new digs. I can’t get over how amazing the new site looks. I need to save all my pennies for an overhaul.

    Second, I voted for the fart story and I demand a recount! THIS THING WAS RIGGED!!!

    Third, this looks delightful. However, did you know that I have an epicurious cookbook and, more importantly, guess what else – IT’S ORGANIZED BY SEASON!!!! /evil laugh

    Fourth, I’m awaiting your story with bated breath.

    How do you fix a compressed nerve? I’m sorry, I hope your droopy face doesn’t interfere with your shrimp eating abilities <3 Get well soon! You know, you could just be like a kitchen conductor and wave your arms about whilest directing 2.0 on what to do and make him lift and stir all the things – doesn't that sound like fun? What a great collaborative experience it could be for the two of you.


  17. Renee on February 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    …I don’t eat tail…Awesome. Neither do I!
    Can’t wait to hear your GD story. Have a great week my friend!

  18. Stacy on February 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

    First, glad to hear that you are on the mend. Funny how when you want the facial muscles to stop working, like when they cause that weird crease in your forehead, it just doesn’t happen. And then, boom. Numb face and drooping where it’s not even welcome. There is no justice in this world.

    There are, however, shrimp. And this wonderful dish with shrimp. Which makes me think that justice is overrated and God’s got our back after all.

  19. movita beaucoup on December 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in January 2014. Thanks for stopping by!