Shrimp in Tomato and Green Garlic Sauce on Angel Hair Pasta; My Hoopoe

Last year about this time I did a post about our Processionarias or Processional Caterpillars… Those very pretty, very nasty and potentially deadly critters I’d seen nose-to-tailing it past our garden gate.

You’ll never guess what came tap tap tapping on my kitchen window last week.

Hoopoe tapping

A hoopoe.

The only known predator of those nasty little caterpillars.

He flew around the window, sat on the sill and tapped and tapped and tapped on the window.

Hoopoe walking

He likely saw his reflection and thought there was another hoopoe hiding in the glass.

This is the first one I’ve seen here and only the second one I’ve seen ever, so they are not very common.

I assumed he was merely stopping off on his bi-annual trip from Africa to wherever it is he spends his summer.

He came back the next day and spent some time on Juliette’s balcony, allowing me to sneak up to the window again, camera in hand.

Hoopoe on balcony

The sun was shining on him, giving me a better photo – still through the double-glazing, though.


Yes, the balcony is a bit rusty….. All things in time.

I’m hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week.

You have until midnight on Thursday your time to get your entries to me.

Send them to: thyme2.kate
(at) gmail (dot) com
with a copy to founder Ruth, of Once Upon A Feast at  ruth
(at) 4everykitchen (dot) com

My entry for this week’s Presto Pasta Nights:

(It’s spring, of course there had to be green garlic in it!)

Shrimp in Tomato and Green Garlic Sauce

Shrimp in Tomato and Green Garlic Sauce on Angel Hair Pasta

12oz (350gr) shrimp, cleaned
3 slices streaky bacon
4 green garlic
2 tbs tomato paste
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbs olive oil
4oz (125gr) angel hair pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain, reserving a bit of pasta water.
Clean shrimp. Trim green garlic, slicing off the root and removing 1 layer. Thinly slice as much as you can, including the green tops.
Fry bacon until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels. Crumble when cool. 
Pour off any remaining fat.  Add olive oil to skillet.  Add paprika and sauté a few seconds.  Add green garlic, shrimp and sauté until shrimp curl and turn opaque.  Stir in 2 tbs pasta water and tomato paste.  Heat through.  Add yogurt and stir over heat for 1 minute.  Remove from heat, add pasta, crumbled bacon and toss to combine and serve.


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14 thoughts on “Shrimp in Tomato and Green Garlic Sauce on Angel Hair Pasta; My Hoopoe”

  1. What a marvelous looking bird! I have never seen a hoopoe, nor a picture of one, to my knowledge. How cool! It looks too exotic for France.

  2. What an amazing bird! And such great photos! That must have been a huge thrill, or am I just showing my geeky side? 😉
    Meanwhile, here in MN, spring is about a week and half ahead of itself. The crab apple trees have been in full bloom for a while and are starting to rain petals, and the lilacs that I’m normally cheering on so that I can have some to give my Mom on Mother’s Day are pretty much at peak. The bleeding heart is in full bloom too, and the lily-of-the-valley are just thinking about starting to pop open. I think Spring in France trumps all that, though.

  3. What a fantastic set of photos!! I’ve only once seen a hoopoe and it was in India. I was out of my mind with joy to see it. I can only imagine how thrilled you are (I’m thrilled just knowing someone who had such a wonderful visitor come tapping at the window!)
    And, of course, the pasta looks and sounds delicious too. (I’m relieved the sauce doesn’t feature caterpillars).

  4. WoW! Neat! I am so glad you had your camera ready for the hoopoe! Wonderful! I love seeing this bird, I have never seen one, or even knew about this type of bird before. Cool!

  5. Wonderful photos of that bird! I’d not seen nor heard of it. How lucky that it landed on your window sill.
    And even though the bird took center stage on this post, your pasta looks delicious!

  6. Like everyone above…what a gorgeous bird and what wonderful photos of it. I do hope it sticks around for a while. I’m sure that would bring a smile to your face, no matter what you were up to.
    As for green garlic – obviously, despite the flowers around here, Spring will not be arriving until much later. Hopefully it will bring some green garlic. Otherwise, I’ll just have to visit this post and live vicariously. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. And for hosting -even better!

  7. I have never seen or heard of this kind of bird before. He is beautiful. He was probably tapping to let you know he was on the job and watching out for those caterpillars:D

  8. Aaaah, a hoopoe!! I grew up with these (although at the other extreme of their migratory path!) in South Africa. They are a common sight in gardens there, or pecking away at fences and lawns. Makes me quite homesick to see him sitting there. Hope he eats lots of caterpillars! OMG, that shrimp looks plump and delicious…

  9. Awe struck! Hoopoe … glorious bird! I’ve never seen one. I think that sight would have me wetting my panties considering how excited I still get at just a cardinal on our sidewalk, bird feeder or bath. Hope you have plenty of caterpillars and he comes back for them all.
    I’ll come for bird watching and pasta.

  10. Zomie, it is – it’s only visiting France hahaha!
    Laurie, I think it’s an amazing bird, too! I miss bleeding hearts and lily of the valley – always had both in MN.
    Elizabeth, and he didn’t ‘quoth’ (giggle) He’s back this morning – Now I know where he gets his name. He’s been calling all morning.
    TV Food and Drink – thanks – sometimes there’s even food amongst the birds and beams
    Lannae, hard to get a decent shot through the windows, tho. He was pretty patient with me.
    Christine. I was happy to see him. The caterpillars do so much damage to the trees it’s nice to have something eating them.
    Ruth, spring will come… won’t it? The first flowers are always such a thrill for me.
    Val. I hope so – eat away. I hope he finds a mate and stays around.
    Thanks Ina, on both counts!
    Jeanne, we really needed him in Andorra – the caterpillars were a big problem, but never saw one there. Maybe they don’t like the mountains ;-)) That is a long migration…..
    Beverly, you’re welcome – for both!
    Tann, we don’t get cardinals so I’ll be excited for the hoopoe. I miss cardinals in the pines in winter…

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