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.Read More
If you checked my latest lesson on Skillshare, you will know by now that it is ideal to combine proteins with carbohydrates in your meals, as proteins slow down the absorption of the carbohydrate, giving you the feeling of satietion for longer. Which means that you make better use of the energy of each meal and you don't crave food every 2 hours like a maniac. Ah, magical basic principles of metabolism. :D
On the recipe level, one of the easiest protein/carbs combos and one of the most favorite ones is the fried rice (carbohydrate source) with egg (protein source). However, on my case and dietery preferences bulgur comes before rice on taste and. So I though, hey girl why not exchanging rice with bulgur? And fry it with egg and seasonal green veggies? And since I have no second voices in my head apart from 'me', nobody denied this plan. ;)
The other day I was preparing my dinner, a rich salad with a boiled egg and some lovely crunchy slices of bread and one of my roomates asked me "Ah you are on diet?". "Umm no, I eat eat what I would normally eat.", I replied. It's true that my Mediterranean cuisine dietary habits fall into the category of "healthy food" or "are you on a diet?". For me it's just my "everyday meal". But this didn't come from one day to another, from a yound age, for example, I know that no meal is complete without a large salad bowl, when my classmates would eat fried fries with ketsap for lunch. In a great future, people should categorize healthy food as their everyday food, as it stands above diets and trends. It is a healthy way of living.
With that said, let me show you the ultimate the healthy summer dish, with a splash of (avoidable) unhealthiness. Tourlou (the Greek ratatouille) with traditional saigage. Tourlou is the best way to use large amounts of summer vegetables, before they (hypothetically) going bad in the fridge. You can also prepare a big bunch and refrigerate some portions for busy days when you don't have time to cook.Read More
The silky smooth texture of polenta , the crispy bacon , the sudden explosion of freshness of chards and corn, the pulsating intense salty flavor of gorgonzola. Ah.
This recipe can only be described as the best probably -to play it safe- soup I have EVER made. In the past I have often experimented with corn soups (and my love for corn is exchibited and I shouting my love for them, so many times), but it always seemed to be something missing from the recipe. And just when despair comes the secret ingredient to save the recipe, beloved gkorgkotzola. Little angels in your mind will sing in every spoonful, I promise. Once you get all the material will again wait for you here, tell you how to make the soup will warm your being
Ingredients (for 2 bowls):
300 gr. corn
30 gr. gorgonzola (or more if you like)
100gr. non-fatty bacon into small cubes
3 leaves of chards
3 tablespoons polenta
30 gr. butter
2 medium onions
2 cloves garlic
olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper
In a saucepan saute the chopped onions until golden, then add the chopped garlic, bacon and polenta. Stir constantly until the polenta gets a bit darker (but not brown) and add 3 cups of water. Lower the heat and add the corn and the finely-chopped white parts of the chard twigs. Stir frequently for 5-7 minutes until the polenta boils, add pepper. Then add the gorgonzola into pieces, try the soup and add more salt if necessary. Finally, add the chopped chard leaves, stir and in 1-2 minutes remove the soup from the stove. Serve while it is hot along with some good bread.
This recipe proudly belongs to the "shower recipes" category of recipes. If I ever write a cooking book, there will be a special chapter dedicated to "ingenious shower recipes" along to the classic soups, appetizers and salads ones. Because, you see the thoughts that everyone makes during this very standard procedure of showering happen to be very disparate; some despair with their relationship and some others think -out loud- songs. I, on the other side, squeeze my mind to come up with new recipes that I would like to try. But enough with the showers and soaps.
When in Greece, I have purchased a small collection of my favorite delicatessen from Sary and I was trying to come up with interesting ways to leverage them. Here in the NL I don't have the joy to always find high quality raw ingredients for my culinary adventures, so this was a good opportunity to experiment. So, ladies and gentlemen, please give your most warm applause for the pumpkin "tagliatelles".
Cut the pumpkin and clean the spores inside. Cut it into slices of 3-4 mm thickness and then cut these slices into stripsof approx. 1 cm. In the end of this infinite cutting you should end up with your "tagliatelles": strips with 1 cm width and 3-4 mm thickness. Then in a pot give them a boil (for 3'-4 ') until they are cooked, but they slightly hard. Drain the "tagliatelles" and add them to chopped onion and garlic and saute them all together. Add the mortadella and peppers in slices and continue to stir. Finally, add the cooking cream (optionally), parsley, oregano and season with salt and pepper. Continue to stir until you end up with a homogenous mix and serve while warm. Bon appetit!
(This post is sponsored by Sary: a Greek family business with the finest delicatessen, strange cheeses and original combinations of sausages, nuts and vegetables, which I love for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that support In Whirl of Inspiration.)
Credits | Writing & Photography: Debbie Kortes
The biggest the title, the more mouthwatering the recipe seems right? Well in this case it sure is. This recipe was stuck in my mind, from the moment that I realized that I can't stand wilted vegetables in soups, except for the recipes that require sort of such (like this cuttlefish with spinach recipe). Anyway, I tried them in a delicious soup (coming soon) and then I thought, why not trying them as a meze (a.k.a. side dish or a snack dish)? And they were outstanding this way too.
Ingredients (makes 6)
:: cabbage leafs
:: spinach leafs
:: 1 slice of pleurotus mushrooms
:: feta cheese
:: 2 garlic cloves
:: sweet paprica
:: salt & pepper
1) Cook the cabbage and spinach leafs in boiling water for 30''. Remove them and with a dry paper remove the excess moisture. Remove the stiff part of the cabbage's if necessary.
2) Place the spinach and the pleurotus mushroom fine strips on the cabbage leaf and roll tightly (pic 1). Stick skewers into the cabbage roll, every 1 1/2 inches (pic 2). Make cuts between the bamboo skewers.
3) In a skillet, on medium heat, add a little olive, the garlic cloves and the rolls. Season with salt and pepper. When the cloves turn golden brown and the rolls become softer than before, they're ready. Stick a piece of feta on the top and season with pesto & sweet paprica. Delicious!
Credits: Author & Photos by: Debbie Kortes