Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers

Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers

At last! Sun is shining bright and warm, and our courtyards and grocery stores start flourishing with seasonal spring greens. Green salads are in their forte period, so don't forget to accompany every meal with a large salad bowl. One bowl of salad every day and your body will thank you, let's start revolutionizing our diet one meal per day fellas. Salads are the main way (apart from fruits) to get your everyday fibers and vitamins. (I hear you thinking "Yes, mama.", so I will stop right away.)

For this green sensational salad, except from tasty greens, I added a bit of magic in the form of chopped sweet strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers. Just for a change.

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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!

A salty and sour sauce for your boiled salads

A salty and sour sauce for your boiled salads | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Cold, time for two. And by two I mean you and the heartwarming boiled salad you will prepare today. Or is it only me that I tend to eat so many boiled salads during the cold months; boiled zucchini/broccoli/greens you name it, I love them.  With that said I will show you an easy salty and sour sauce you can make to top your salad, which can also replace all the mayonnaisethat goes into potato salads nowadays and it's not the healthiest thing to consume in big quantities (unless it is a homemade one). This sauce will bring the flavor out of the boiled vegetables without oveloading them, trust me.

A salty and sour sauce for your boiled salads - cutting the scallions | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

You will need (for topping a salad):

  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard or homemade mustard
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 ½ juicy lemons
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium pickled cucumbers
  • capers
  • freshly ground pepper and a pinch of salt
  • dill

Procedure:

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.

We added a bit of homemade pickled sea fennel on top, but if you don't have some, how about some pickled purslanes?
 

A salty and sour sauce for your boiled salads | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

And before I wish you bon appetit, what toppings do you use on your boiled vegetables? I am so curious to know, spill the beans in the comments below if you want. xoxo

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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!

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach and corn

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach & corn | In Whirl of Inspiration

So, what do we have here? A soup recipe in May, no correction in almost-summer? Let me explain myself. Some places on this planet (hot Greece is excluded, where everyone is wearing shorts and flip flops by now) don't have the luxury of warm spring weather yet. Which is translated in bipolar weather behaviors, with days that it( aka the weather) believes that it lives in the absolute spring dream and with other days that it starts crying for hours and we soak rain and mid-February-style cold. In such "hostile" enviroments, soups are still permitted and even imposed. Well the following one is one of my favorites. It definitely belongs in the tea-soup, which means that you can see through the soup until the bottom of the bowl. And it might be colored water with floating particles, but that doesn't mean that it lacks flavor. 

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach & corn | In Whirl of Inspiration (2)

Ingredients (2 servings)

:: 300 gr. raw salmon fillet

:: 200 gr. smoked salmon

:: 1 broccoli

:: 300 gr. spinach

:: 10-15 mushrooms (I used a variety of brown mushrooms)

:: 1 whole corn

:: white wine (optional)

:: onion, garlic, dill, salt, ground pepper

Procedure:

The procedure for soups that include green vegetables, is very simple, at least for a me, as I don't want to overcook them so that I keep as much as nutrinal value included.

Initially chop the mushrooms and let them soak in a bowl of warm water for half an hour. While the mushrooms do their thing, sauté the chopped onion and garlic and then add the raw salmon in pieces. Pour somewhite wine and when the alcohol evaporates, add -the colored now- water in which the mushrooms soaked. Add the corn in pieces, season with salt and ground pepper and let it boil for 10 minutes. Then add the broccoli tassels, mushrooms, spinach and dill in this order and with a difference of 2-3 minutes each ingredients from the next one. Your goal is to have your vegetables cooked, but still vibrant green.

Serve with some filets of smoked salmon and fresh dill and enjoy while it's still warm (but not hot hot). Bon appetit!

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach and corn

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach & corn | In Whirl of Inspiration

If you still carve for a hot meal try my favorite colorful stew with cabbage feta rolls and soft boiled eggs or these amazing cuttlefish with spinach

Credits | Author & 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!

Fresh Salad w/ cucumber, raw zucchini, dried tomato, sunflower seeds

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

Studying and exams period! Healthy and regular meals, plenty of fluids and good sleep at night are requited to succeed in passing this year's race again. So, the other day while I was brainstorming what I should I make for my afternoon snack, I decided that I wanted something something refreshing and crunchy. The cucumber is always a number one choice for that, so I had to include it in the following salad, which passed the test of coolness and crunchiness successfully. And the secret was in how thinly I cut the vegetable strips. An ode to the freshness this it!

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds
Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds
Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

(makes for 2)

Ingredients:

:: 1 medium cucumber

:: 4-5 small raw zucchinis

:: 2-3 sundried tomatoes

:: 1 scallion

:: 1 handful of sunflower seeds

:: 1 pinch poppy seeds

:: 1 small bunch of dill

:: 1 lemon

:: virgin olive oil

:: salt, freshly ground pepper

Procedure:

With a potato peeler, peel the zucchinis and the cucumber. Then with it cut zucchini in slices and put them in a bowl with the squeezed lemon over them.

In another bowl put some hot water, add the sun-dried tomatoes and let them soak to swell. With the peeler cut the cucumber into long strips, so the pieces are extra thin (and crispy).

Finally, in a plate add the sliced cucumber and zucchini (squeeze the excess bit of lemon juice), the finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes and scallion.

End with olive oil, sunflower and poppy seeds, salt and freshly ground pepper, mix well and enjoy!

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

A super easy and refreshing salad, exactly what you need these hot months. Bon appetit!

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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!