Changing pace on the blog today is the fact that it is 3 sleeps till valentines day and there (for some) will be a dinner, dessert and perhaps a proposal – let me know if it happens to you. Despite how many people say how corny this is, it was always a secret dream to be proposed to on this day. (I am giving myself away here as a woman writer). Never mind when it did happen to me it was just as exciting and from memory I was making a meal at this time as well. 🙂
The old saying is the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but there are lots of foods that are considered aphrodisiacs. That is foods that affect the libido of the person or persons consuming them. At the top of my head oysters are the ones most talked about. I used to love them but as I have gotten older they seem to not appeal to me any more, he loves them, so perhaps I need to look at planning on getting some and using them as an appetizer. I serve them raw with lime juice & wasarbi as well as home made kilpatrick, (see recipe page) some oysters repeatedly change their sex from male to female and back, giving rise to claims that the oyster lets one experience the the masculine and feminine sides of love.
Choosing the meat can be difficult if you want to impress the special person in your life, if you wish to prepare a seafood entree then the cut of meat and quality of meat need to be upper class. I would select the favourite cut either beef or lamb, one I know he would eat and one which I can prepare and serve perfectly. For good quality and delicious tasting I will either choose a scotch fillet – makes a great fillet mignon or a lamb rack which can be covered with any herbs & spices and parmesan cheese and roasted to perfection.
Vegetables – Asparagus – which is also known as an ancient aphrodisiac; the French word for asparagus is ‘asperge’ which is a slang word for the male sex organ. As an aphrodisiac, asparagus is considered as a psycho-physiological aphrodisiac because of its shape. It is said to trigger the mind to have a physiological response to enhance sex. It is rich in folate, a B vitamin that helps increase your production of histamine, a promoter of sex life. Proper levels of histamine play an essential role in sex drive for both men and women.
Potatoes – either mash or roasted depending upon which is favourite.
Appearance is as important as the foods you select and prepare, romance can be visual as well as by sense of smell. You do not have to have a plate full of food to ‘fill some one up’. There is nothing more appealing to the nose than a lovely smelling meal and body perfume. Serve Champagne as it is always associated with romance, bubbles, candlelight and gives the body a warm glow after consumption. Enough lowers inhibitions too much offers sedation.
Dessert can only be chocolate can’t it? chocolate contains both a sedative which relaxes and lowers inhibitions and a stimulant to increase activity and the desire for physical contact. It was actually banned from some monasteries centuries ago.
What will you serve? I will post recipes over the next 3 days to inspire and promote meat based romantic valentines day.