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.

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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!

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!

Saute Cabbage Wrapped Pleurotus Rolls with Feta & Pesto

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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.

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1. On the cabbage leafs place the spinach and the pleurotus spices.

1. On the cabbage leafs place the spinach and the pleurotus spices.

Ingredients (makes 6)

:: cabbage leafs

:: spinach leafs

:: 1 slice of pleurotus mushrooms

:: feta cheese

:: pesto

:: 2 garlic cloves

:: sweet paprica

:: salt & pepper


2. Roll tightly and add the skewers

2. Roll tightly and add the skewers

Preparation:

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!

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Credits: Author & Photos by: 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!

Cuttlefish with Spinach

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There isn't a more tasty food that consists in it some kind of mollusk and it's more tasty than cuttlefish with sweet boiled greens (for instance spinach). This food reminds me of my mum's homemade food, whose every dish is considered to be food porn, so this dish is a always a win-win for me. For the record if you are allergic to cuttlefish, I pity you.

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Ingredients (make for 2 servings)

:: 6 cleaned cuttlefish

 :: 1.5 kg spinach

:: 1 large red onion & 3 scallions

:: 2 tablespoons of corn flour

:: parsley

:: 1 cup olive oil

:: salt and pepper

:: ginger

:: coriander

:: 1 lemon, for serving

 

Procedure:

 

Saute the chopped onion and the cuttlefish, until the cuttlefish get a nice golden shade, in a pot. Add 1 cup of water, close the lid and let them cook for 20 minutes. Then add 3 cups water, salt, pepper, coriander and ginger and leave them to boil for 15 more minutes. Mix half a cup of hot water with 2 tablespoons of cornflour and add this mixture in the pot, if you want a more porridge result. Add the chopped spinach, coriander and parsley in and let them 10 minutes to wilt slightly and be cooked with the cuttlefish. Then serve, with some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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!