Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Aphrodisiac Recipes for Valentine's Day

Can foods get pulses racing? You betcha. Here are five recipes that contain aphrodisiacs for you to serve up this Valentine's Day. Click on the titles to go to the recipes...

Figs with goat's cheese and honey 

It's reckoned that Cleopatra loved figs - and it certainly didn't harm her reputation as one of history's most tempting femme fatales, did it? Figs are sensuous, soft and fragrant and are thought to contain enzymes that help kick-start the sex drive. I love them like this: very ripe, with a scattering of pure, white goat's cheese and a drizzle of sweet, sticky honey.

Rolo Chocolate Brownies
When eaten, chocolate is known to stimulate the release of endorphins in the brain - the same chemicals that flood our system when we're in love. And as we all know, you have to love someone very much to give them your last Rolo... or even bake it into a brownie for them....

rolo brownies close up
Yep, figs again, but this time puréed and whipped into a custard-based ice cream mixture. Fragrant and sweet, it's a libido-booster because of all the heart-fluttering enzymes in it (that's my story, anyway).

fig ice cream above
Asparagus, Brie and Prosciutto Tart 

The Perfumed Garden is an Indian medieval sex manual that offers up quite a few aphrodisiac foods. One of them is asparagus spears, boiled and then fried with egg yolks poured over the top. I suppose I'll never look at asparagus with Hollandaise sauce the same way again, but this tart is a lovely way to eat them too: crunchy and salty with the creamy Brie set among the eggs and asparagus spears.

Smoked Trout Spaghetti with Vodka and Dill
Oily fish like salmon and trout contains omega-3 oils which help keep our brains working properly and also helps elevate our feel-good seratonin levels, which could help get us in the mood for lovin'. Alcohol is often regarded as an aphrodisiac, but it just lowers inhibitions - the alcohol is cooked off in this recipe so you just get the tang of the vodka coming through in the sauce.

spaghetti with trout and vodka

So tell me: what will you be serving up on Valentine's Day? 

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