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!

The best way to roast (& boil) chestnuts in the fireplace

The best way to roast (& boil) chestnuts in the fireplace | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Due to the bitter cold and the strong wind I reminiscence over the evenings during Christmas that we were roasting chestnuts in the fire. We would gather all around the sparkling fire and we would start discussions and open wine bottles, preparing the terrain (and the charcoals) for the show – the roasting chestnuts big time! Oh, we may have been roasting even a kilo per night, so wonderful.
If you do not have access to a fireplace or an open fire but want to revive such moments too, you can use your gas stove (it will just take a little more time). And you can always resort to the boiling-chestnuts solution, which I assure you that will fill your home with the same delicious magical smells.

The best way to roast (& boil) chestnuts in the fireplace | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

If you roast the chestnuts on a fire or charcoals (watch them and turn them in time so they don’t burn), use a pan made of tin. If you find also one that has holes in the bottom it’s exactly for this job. You can also use a piece of tinned steel or an opened oil tin etc. Be cautious not to roast the chestnuts on aluminum as it is toxic. If you boil chestnuts, you can use any of your pots obviously.

The best way to roast (& boil) chestnuts in the fireplace | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

And now, could I have your undivided attention please? All the magic of baking or boiling lies in the way you prepare (a.k.a. cut) the chestnuts. For the roasting you MUST cut them otherwise they will explode. The best way to do so is to cut them lengthwise in their ass ( at the base of the chestnut) and to extend the cut sidewise. When they are done they will open with only one sweeping move taking along them the bitter inner skin and leaving behind only the gold –deliciouuuuuus- fruit. Say goodbye to all this wasted cleaning time. For the boiled ones, you have to cut a cross at their base to facilitate the passage of more water during the boiling so that the chestnut swells enough.

The best way to roast (& boil) chestnuts in the fireplace | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

During all my childhood the chestnuts preparation during the cold months was a rite and a family tradition we loved and we looked forward to. And we keep this sweet tradition until today. Do you also love roasting or boiling chestnuts with your loved ones? Do you have any tips and tricks you want to share too? I wish you the most cozy night tonight. 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!

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

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

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

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

Procedure:

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.

 

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Will you make this soup? And are you maybe carving more soups? How about a colorful meat soup or a green vegetables and salmon soup? Bon appetit! xo

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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!