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!

Delicious rabbit in the oven with mushrooms, honey and beer

Delicious rabbit in the oven with mushrooms honey and beer | by In Whirl of Inspiration

Aaand , we officially passed the cold pillars for season. From now on, let's all be prepared for extra frost and winds and sea-swells (if you live on an island, lot's of good luck). And because this icy atmosphere generates a lot of grumbling and bad mood swingings,  I am here to remind you that this cold is the perfect excuse to kick off the oven-cooked dishes. They are delicious, they transform your kitchen into a cozy little nest and your place on your face joy and bliss. The recipe that follows is one of my all-time favorite ones and triggers only joyful family memories around tables with rapidly changing hand dishes and delicious food disappearing before I even had the chance to taste it.

So let's all clink glasses to the foods that bring people together I hope this recipe will work as such one for you too. "Chin-Chin"

Delicious rabbit in the oven with mushrooms honey and beer | by In Whirl of Inspiration

Ingredients (for 3-4 dishes):

  • 1 rabbit into pieces
  • 1 can of beer
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 400g. mushrooms
  • 1 twig of fresh rosemary
  • freshly grounded salt and pepper

To accompany the meat: 1 kg potatoes

 
 
Many people that I know complain that rabbit meat’s smell is something that they can’t stand. However, I bet that this recipe will change their (and hopefully yours too?) minds.

Procedure:

1. First cut the rabbit in medium pieces (keep the bones on) and clean in under running water. Let it dry well between paper towels. This is very important, because later we will fry it and excess humidity will cause unpleasant hot oil splashing.

2. Afterwards, add the flour and the rabbit in pieces in a plastic bag, close the bag well and shake until all meat pieces are covered with flour evenly.

3. In high heat or strong fire (if you have a gas cooker, use this) fill a pan with olive oil up to 1cm and when it's hot add the floured meat pieces. The purpose is not to cook the meat like that (do you remember the oven part?), but fry each side until it gets a nice golden brown color. Place every done piece on paper towels to remove the excess oil.

4. In fresh olive oil again, saute the mushrooms. When they get softer (but before they because soggy) add a can of beer and dissolve in a teaspoon of honey too. Wait until the beer's alcohol evaporates and take the pan off the fire. In a (Pyrex) pot with lid (or any oven dish with lid) add the rabbit pieces and add the mushrooms, beeron the top. Beware to choose a pot with a small bottom diameter as all the meat pieces should be covered or mostly be dipped in the sauce.

5. Place the twig of rosemary into the pot, close the lid and put it inpreheated oven at 230C for 20 minutes and then lower the temperature to 180C other 50-70 minutes.

6. As you wait for the meat to be cooked you can prepare something to accompany this marvellous meat.  The rabbit of this recipe goes well with boiled potatoes with their skin. You can boil them, cut them in pieces, sprinkle them with sweet paprika, salt and pepper and put them in the oven to make the crust (when the temperature is at 180C so they don't get burned).

This rabbit recipe awards rabbit as -probably- the most delicious meat I have ever tasted. Many people that I know complain that rabbit meat's smell is something that they can't stand. However, I bet that this recipe will changetheir (and hopefully yours too?) minds.  Just make sure to buy good quality meat and bon appetit.

Delicious rabbit in the oven with mushrooms honey and beer | by In Whirl of Inspiration
Delicious rabbit in the oven with mushrooms honey and beer | by In Whirl of Inspiration
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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!

Crunchy chicken and brussel sprouts in the oven with a melted cheese and wine sauce

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Don't you feel that we are going through a "I want to eat only comfort food" phase? You know, these days that you return at home and only the though of cooking kills you and that you want to eat only chocolate? And you make the food that requires the minimum fuss and energy. Sometimes you make pasta and sometimes you eat the previous day's leftovers. What about turning your leftovers in something really tasty and not eating pasta (again)?

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Ingredients (1 serving):

:: 250 gr. brussels sprouts

:: chicken breast in little pieces (leftovers)

:: 200 gr. of melting cheese (I used goat and Brie cheese)

:: 2 tbsp. red wine

:: 2 tbsp. raspberry or pomegranate juice

:: 1/2 tbsp. flour

:: olive oil

:: rosemary, salt, pepper

Procedure:

Clean the brussels sprouts and cut them in 4 pieces. Cut the meat and stir it with the sprouts (If you only have raw fresh meat, give it a boil for 15' before continuing.). Then drizzle the sprouts and the meat lightly with olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper and put them in the oven at 180C for 20'-30'. Stir frequently so all parts get golden brown; you want crunching meat and sprouts.

In the meantime, take a pan and over low heat, add the wine and chopped cheese and start to stir. Mix it the juice with the flour and pour this uniform batter in the mixture that lightly boils. Continue to stir, season and add 2-3 chopped leaves of rosemary.

Remove the food from the oven, pour your thick delicious sauceand enjoy while warm.

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Here's a comfort breakfast: savory "cupcakes" with bacon and fried egg in the oven and the most delicious soup I have ever (probably) made. || Enjoy!

Credits | Photos & Writing: 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!

Tea biscuits with persimmon and chocolate flakes

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The other day I was going through a farmers market in our neighborhood, I saw some persimmons and I felt (a lot) nostalgic for the Greek warm autumns and their juicy fruits. So, I definitely had to do something with these persimmons.And since, here in Amsterdam, I am a self-proclaimedambassador of every flavor of teas, I thought that it would be nice to make some persimmon biscuits. Because, we all know that the tea-biscuits combination is a love at first site.

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Ingredients (make 20-22):

:: 250 gr. of raising flour

:: half of the baking powder portion

:: 50 gr. butter

:: 2 persimmons

:: 50 gr. chocolate flakes/sprinkles

:: 100 gr. brown sugar

:: 1 egg

:: a little cinnamon

:: 1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedure:

Peel the persimmons and chop them finely. In a bowl mix all the ingredients (except the flour) to create a uniform mass. And then slowly add the flour. Your dough should be neither too damp, nor too dry. Allow it to stay for half and hour in the refrigerator and at the same time preheat the oven to 150 °C.

Make small balls and press to make them flat. Place them on a baking pan, covered with baking sheet and bake them for 10' at 150 °C and for more 10' at 180 °C to become even more more crunchy externally.

Make a big cup of tea, roll under a blanket, sprinkle the biscuits with a little more cinnamon and enjoy them while warm!

For more recipes, you can find all of them here and choose one depending on the ingredients or type of meal you want. Happy cooking! :)

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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!