Erotic Recipes for a Valentine's Night You Won't Forget!
Chocolate-covered strawberries and oysters are truly sexy foods, but there are plenty of more intricate dishes that will really get the juices flowing! Here's a romantic menu full of libido-boosting foods that's sure to please both you and your sweetie this Valentine's Day, or on any romantic date night!
Sexy Foods With Aphrodisiac Properties for a Night You Won't Forget
Start the night off with a seductive cocktail (yes, pun intended!) like this one:
2 ounces of chilled pepper vodka
Grenadine (enough to color)
Shake the vodka and grenadine over cracked ice in a shaker. Rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar. Pour out your ‘tinis and enjoy.
We all know oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac in the sexy foods category, but here’s something to try with a little extra-sexy flair…
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated (use a micro planer)
1 teaspoon shallot, minced super-fine
A scant pinch of sugar
6 fresh oysters, shucked, in the bottom half of the shell (have the market do the shucking for you)
A cup of coarse or even rock salt for plating
To prepare the Asian fire sauce, whisk together the vinegar, ginger, shallots and sugar in a small bowl until well blended. Allow to stand for30 minutes so the flavors will mesh. Place an oven rack six inches below the broiler element and preheat your broiler. Make sure the oysters are loose in their shells. Layer a half inch of salt in an oven safe dish, attractive enough for serving. Arrange the oysters in their shells on top of the salt. Slide the oysters in their dish under the broiler for just a couple of minutes; no more than three. Drizzle with the Asian fire sauce and serve.
Celery, apples, walnuts and honey are sexy foods that have all been known for ages for their aphrodisiac qualities. This divine salad brings all of these elements together for a texture-filled, sensual and flavorful treat.
6 walnut halves
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon organic honey
Salt and pepper
About four cups of your choice of baby salad greens
1 ripe Pink Lady apple, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced diagonally
1/2 cup seedless red or purple grapes, cut in half
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spread walnuts in single layer on a baking sheet and toast until you can smell the toastiness or about 10 minutes. Cool them and give them a rough chop. Then whisk together the oil, the vinegar and the honey. Season to your taste with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Toss with your baby greens in large bowl, and divide between two plates. Scatter apple slices, celery, grapes and sprinkle with walnuts.
Select for your main course very tender filets, perhaps some parsleyed new potatoes, and a nice steamed veggie. Then, top off the night of sexy foods with your piece-de-resistance: Orange Chocolate Mousse. With a texture to die for, this dessert really only needs one bowl, one spoon and two lovers! It is wickedly yummy and is sure to please.
8 ounces of the best quality chocolate you can find, dark or semisweet—your choice
2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
½ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest, finely grated
1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
Ice water in a bowl
1-1/4 cups whipping cream, whipped
Bring a pan about half full of water to a slow boil. Reduce to low. Place the chocolate, butter, salt and half of the orange juice into a medium glass mixing bowl that will fit just into the top of the pan, and place over the hot water. When the chocolate and butter have melted, stir well, and remove from heat. Choosing another glass bowl, whisk together zest, sugar, yolks and rest of the juice. Heat over the hot water for five to eight minutes until mixture reaches one hundred fifty degrees. (a digital or candy thermometer is perfect for this!). Slowly and gently blend the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Once well blended, place this bowl into the bowl of ice water to cool. Give it a couple of brief stirs so that the mixture cools rapidly. Fold in the whipped cream, and spoon the chocolate mousse into individual serving dishes or glasses. Refrigerate at least four hours. Garnish with extra whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired.
Because you will be preparing this food with plenty of love as well as naughty thoughts, every bite will simply ooze romance. When you put love into your cooking, there is nothing sexier.
By guest contributor Claire Atteberry