Whole grain bread with sesame, flax and sunflower seeds

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Do you also have these childhood memories, where your mum took you with her in that traditional bakery, in your neighborhood on Sunday morning, to buy freshly baked bread? And till you reached home, you had picked half the bread loaf? Well, you can relive those moments, by baking bread at home. It is super easy and your home will smell deliciously all day.

Did you, also, know that by using whole grain flour (or whole grain pasta, brown rice, etc.), you can improve your eating habits dramatically? Let me explain you why; non-wholegrain food (white flour, white pasta, white rice, etc.) when eaten sky rocket the circulation of glucose (sugar) in the blood, giving you a feeling of fulfillment for 1-2 hours, and energy depleting you afterwards. The feeling of exhaustion comes from the explosion in the production of insulin, that follows the one of glucose, in order to bring down the latter’s levels in the blood. Apart from the fatigue feeling, the insulin bursts can be inflammatory in long-term basis (which means, that they can create internal wounds). Whole grain food, however, increase gradually the glucose levels in blood, which keeps the insulin levels low, and release their energy slowly (keeping you content for longer than 2 hours). So now you know why whole grain food, is far more beneficial than the non-whole grain ones.

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Ingredients (for 1 loaf):

  • 1 kilo of whole grain flour (if not, go for white flour)
  • 1 tablespoon of yeast
  • 1 tea spoon of sugar
  • 2 tea spoons of salt
  • lukewarm water
  • 1/2 of a cup of flax, sesame and sunflower seeds
  • 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the flour. Add the salt, the seeds and the thyme (and any other spice you wish) and mix them well.
  2. On top of the "mountain" of flour, make a small hole and add the yeast, sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of lukewarm water (caution, if the water is too war, can kill the yeast.In that case the dough won't grow). Stir gently the yeast and the sugar and wait for the yeast to activate (when it starts creating bubbles in 2-3 minutes, it is ready).
  3. With your (clean) hand stir the yeast mixture to distribute it as evenly as possible inside the flour.
  4. Add the oil and the water (slowly) and begin to knead the dough. Don't add all the water at once, as the dough might get very watery, requiring more floor to be restored, which will destroy the analogies. When your dough become a ball and its walls don't stick on your hands, it is ready for the next step.
  5. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and place it next to a heater or choose the air option in the oven (at 40C-50C degrees) for 20 minutes. Wait until the dough gets double in size.
  6. Take the baking pan, and apply some oil in its walls. While you take the dough gently out of the bowl, knead it a little bit in the air by taking the ball ends and sticking them on its bottom. Afterwards place it in the baking pan. Cover the bread with the towel again, and let it "sit" for another 20 minutes in the condition you had it before (it will grow again).
  7. When ready, sprinkle its surface with a little water (do not push the dough, it will shrink), flour and extra seeds. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees in the up and down option and when heats up, put the bread inside. The baking rack should be below the oven's middle level. Bake for 40 minutes.
  8. When ready (do the trick with the toothpick: dip a toothpick/knife in the bread, and if dough doesn't stick on it the bread is baked) take it out and cover it with the towel until it cools down. Doesn't you home smell deliciously? Try not to eat half the loaf with fresh butter, it happens to me every time! :D Enjoy!
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Credits | Texts & Photos: Despina Kortesidou

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Molletes: bruschettas alla Mexico with melted cheese, avocado, tomato and lots of coriander

Molletes: bruschettas alla Mexico with melted cheese, avocado, tomato and lots of coriander

Have you noticed that cultures with similar food habits and ingredients, and climate, tend to have similar dishes. It was huge revelation for me was, when I discovered the Mexican equivalent of bruschettas. They are called molletes, they contain melted cheese, mashed beans, tomato, avocado, coriander and ... ENOUGH! Read the recipe on your own, cause I am already drooling on my keyboard.

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A pesto alternative: with parsley, strawberries, walnuts and feta cheese

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You know what's the funniest thing that I have heard? "Why to experiment with an already perfect recipe and possibly ruin it?" Maybe some people agree with this, but I don't. Who can define a dish as perfect? And why not try making it more perfect? defined it as perfect? And why not try to do it even more perfect?
An already-close-to-perfection recipe. It gives character to many dishes. But it could be modified to fit with the season's vegetable and fruits or with various local products. This alternative pesto recipe contains parsley and strawberries that are everywhere this season, walnuts instead of pine seeds and feta cheese (so cliche Greek) instead of parmesan. And let the summer vibe rush over your dishes.

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Ingredients (for 1 bowl pesto):

1 large bunch of parsley
100 gr. of feta cheese
15-20 medium strawberries
2 cloves of garlic
2 handfuls of walnuts
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
oregano, salt and pepper

Procedure:

The process is simple: cutting, cutting and more cutting. You can cut all the ingredients on a large board, starting with the toughest and largest pieces (eg. walnuts and garlic) and continue with the softest ones. Then in a big bowl add the chopped ingredients, the olive oil and spices, stir, taste and add anything that misses according to your taste.
The other method is to mash all ingredients in a blender, so much quicker and cleaner, but I don't like the mashed-all-together outcome.  All textures are mashed together and the color is ehmmm not my favorite. ;) But as you wish, serve over bread as a snack or with savory dishes.

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If this version is too experimental for you, you can always return to the old safe classic pesto recipe. And here are three of my favorite ways to serve the pesto: on corn on the cob with feta cheese (omg!), with gnocchi and in a quick santwich tomato, prosciutto and a fried egg. 

Credits | Words & photos: Debbie Kortes

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

How to use stale bread: Casserole omelette in the oven with mushrooms and peppers

How to use stale bread: Casserole omelette in the oven with mushrooms and peppers | In Whirl of Inspiration

Do you know what bothers me? The forgotten bread that gets stale and  you have to discard it. Jeez, I hate trowing away food. It's such a pity right? So besides french toast (which is peeerfect!), I found another nice way to take advantage of 4th or 5th day's stale bread. And I don't mean to let it be fungus food, no. I meat using it for casserole omelet in the oven.

Before cooking

Before cooking

Ingredients (for 2 people):

:: 1/2 stale baguette (or any other kind of bread)

:: 3 eggs

:: 1 red pepper

:: 8-10 medium mushrooms

:: olive oil

:: 100 gr. feta cheese

:: rosemary

:: dill

:: salt & ground pepper

Procedure:

Break the bread into pieces and wet it a little bit if it is very hard to break it. Put the crumbs in a small

Chop the peppers and the mushrooms. Whisk 3 eggs and pour the mixture over the chopped vegetables and the bread crumbs, add the olive oil and the spices and mix. Bake at 180C for 20-30 minutes. When the omelette gets golden brown and fluffy, pull it out and pierce it with a toothpick. If it stays dry your dish is ready. Sprinkle some feta cheese on the top and let it in the oven for 10 more minutes and voila!

Bon appetite!

After cooking :)

After cooking :)

Credits | Text & Photos: Debbie Kortes

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Bacon, Eggs & Toast Cups

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The classic brunch with eggs and bacon (or for lunch if you can’t bear fried food so early in the morning) can acquire a fresh and tastiest twist. They are perfect for friend gathering too, keep that in mind. Bacon, egg, melted cheese, crispy bread all in one mouthful, what else can you ask for the perfect bite?

Το κλασσικό πρωινό με αυγά και μπέικον (ή μεσημεριανό αν σας πέφτουν βαριά τα τηγανητά πρωινιάτικα) μπορεί να αποκτήσει μια φρέσκια και νοστιμότερη τροπή.  Μπέικον, αυγό, λιωμένο τυρί, τραγανιστό ψωμί όλα σε ένα, τι άλλο να ζητήσεις από την τέλεια μπουκιά πια; Επίσης, τέλεια ιδέα για μαζώξεις φίλων σπίτι.

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Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

:: 4 slices white or whole-wheat sandwich bread
:: 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
:: 4 slices bacon
:: 4 eggs
:: grated cheese that melts
:: green tabasco
:: salt and ground pepper

 

Procedure:

1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Cover 4 muffin cups with parchment cooking paper and butter it lightly.  Remove each toast’s crust with a knife, press them slightly to be a little flat and cut them in half. Then press the 2 halves into each muffin cup, make sure that they overlap slightly. Use some extra bread to patch any gaps. Brush bread with the remaining butter.

2) In a skillet, cook bacon over medium fire for 5’, until it’s almost crispy, . Remember that it will continue to cook in the oven.  Lay 1 bacon slice in each bread cup  -it’s ok for the edges to be hanging outside of the bread cup-  and crack an egg over each cup. Season with salt, pepper and grated cheese.  Add 1-2 drops of green tabasco on each bread toast as long as you like them chilly hot.

3) Bake until egg whites are just set, 20’-25’minutes.  Serve immediately, while they are hot and delicious.

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Cheesy Mushroom pull-apart Bread

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Did I said that the last stuffed bread that I made, made my heart to cry? There was a dose of tears of fulfilling and happiness, which escorted every mouthful from my mouth to my belly and triggered memories of happy times and memories. All this gastronomical delight almost forced me to try the other combination of flavors that I had in mind.

If the last recipe's tomato and red pepper paste made the stuffed bread, a pizza-like delicious piece of art, this recipe's mushrooms and melted cheese literally blew up every center of  senses analysis in my brain.  I am the kind of girl, for whom melted cheese is never enough,but this... I fell in a pot with melted cheese when I was younger, but just like Obelix, I can't have enough of it. Never. Ever.

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Ingredients: (serves 2-3)

:: 1 unsliced loaf of bread

:: 300gr of grated melting cheese ( I used gouda )

 :: 150gr feta cheese

:: 6 big mushrooms

:: 3 medium onions

:: 2 tbsp butter

:: 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

:: 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions and dill

Procedure:

1) Heat a medium skillet on medium. Add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the onions and as they turn gold, add the rosemary and the mushrooms. Cook 4-5 minutes until they start to sweat. Set the skillet aside and allow to cool.

2) Preheat the oven to 250 Celsius. Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky, but I am sure you can do it. Place loaf on a foil-lined baking sheet. Add the cheese, the onions and the onions from bottom to top and use your fingers to push the ingredients down into the loaf.

3) Combine the melted butter, scallions, dill, salt and pepper and drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.

4) Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

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This is exactly when the angels cry, ladies and gentlemen!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!