Ceviche octopus sandwich with red bell pepper and caper

Ceviche octopus sandwich with red bell pepper and caper

A traditional Portuguese dish with a twist!


It's almost a month since we returned from Madeira and I already started reminiscing the island's indolence, the steep cliffs and the gigantic tropical trees. But what I miss the most are the irrestistable Portugese dishes; red fish soups, roast beef, tropical fruits in every corner and the ceviche fish and seafood.

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Fried solea with boiled potatoes (and a salty & sour sauce)

Fried solea with boiled potatoes (and a salty & sour sauce) | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Do you know something? If I had to choose between a delicious piece of meat or fish, I think I'd pick the fish. In this decision played maybe a huge role the fact that I grew up so close to the sea. Since the moment I had memories from our holidays, while everyone was playing in the sea I was climbing on rocks by the bay looking for crabs. Oh, I was unbeatable at digging them out of their hideouts without letting them bite me. And then dad, who is a keen diver, would bring me baby crabs with which I was playing and then was freeing in the sea again, "because it is such a pity to kill them". We had bought a paddling pool too... so I could turn it into a mini aquarium for my crabs, sea urchins and little fish. But soon I realized that the sea urchins and my plastic pool were sworn enemies and I carried my little world into a portable car fridge. Of course at the end of each day I would release all my pals in the sea so I could catch them again the next day.
Oh I started babbling again. The thing I wanted to point out is that every place has each own endemics species and if you take your eyes a little further from the salmon tuna and cod fillets you can find little gems in the fisherman of your neighborhood. I got two soleas the other day and I prepared them in the most simple and delicious way.

Fried solea with boiled potatoes (and a salty & sour sauce) | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

You will need (for one person):

  • 2 medium soleas (of 300gr. total)
  • 5 medium potatoes

For the sauce:

  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard and homemade mustard
  • 2 fresh onions
  • 1 ½ juicy lemons
  • 2 tsp. virgin olive oil
  • capers
  • 2 medium pickled cucumbers
  • freshly ground pepper and dill

Procedure:

Peel the potatoes, cut them in slices and put them in a pot to boil. Wash the soleas nd in a large pan add a little olive oil and when it warms add the fish. As they are thin each side needs 3-4. Before you flip them add freshly grounded salt and pepper to the side that will touch the pan.  
As for the sauce, like I told you the other day: chop finely  the scallions, the capers and the pickled cucumbers and add them in a small jar together with the mustard, olive oil, the lemon juice, the grounded pepper and dill. Close the lid and shake well until the mixture becomes homogeneous. Try and add salt if needed and top your salad with it. Remove the fish from the  pan, drain the potatoes and serve them all in a big plate. Top with the sauce and enjoy!

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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!

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com)

This dish belongs proudly in the meal category of “an almost spaghetti dish that was saved by a sudden rush of inspiration”. So instead of pasta (like once more) the gastronomic center of your brain protests and you decide that it’s time for trying something new.  And his is how this salad was born; after a “that’s enough” moment.  So instead of pasta I made something as easy and quick, but more tasty and healthy (for my standards). And now that I think about this flavor combination, I bet it would fit perfectly for a pizza too, I will that soon.

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com) 2


Ingredients (for 2 servings):

For the salad:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach
  • 6-8 chards
  • Two quail eggs (or 2 regular eggs)
  • 6 red radishes
  • oregano and parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


For the pesto:

  • 2 large handfuls of basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of capers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • some raisins (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Procedure:

In boiling salted water add the quinoa and the bulgur, sweet paprika, salt and pepper and let them boil. Meanwhile sauté the garlic and add the chopped chards, spinach, parsley and oregano and stir until they become tender, but without losing their bright  green color. Once ready, remove the pan from the fire and let it aside.

Then boil the eggs for 1 minute (for the quail eggs) or for 2.5 minutes (for the normal eggs). Remember that the times are relative and depend on the power of your cook.

For the pesto, chop all ingredients together until they create a nice omiogenic mixture. Many people create pesto by putting everything in the blender, but I like to keep some textures intact.

To serve, in a dish put peripherally the quinoa and the bulgur with the saute vegetables (all together or separete, like in the pictures to define what goes in each bite) Add a big scoop of pesto in the middle and fresh olive oil, some chopped radishes and soft-boiled eggs.

Bon appetit.

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com) 3
Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com) 4

If your appetite carves for more chards or spinach, how about a simple but delicious risotto with Cretan greens, or these vegetable rolls with mushrooms, feta and pesto or even cuttlefish with spinach?

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!