written by Jenny Galati
Taking the time to lovingly prepare a meal for your soul mate is a wonderful declaration of one’s affections, particularly when extra care is taken in the selection of the ingredients. Since the beginning of time, there have been foods that were believed to increase sexual prowess and desire; once consumed, they were thought to directly affect hormones, brain chemistry and energy and stress levels. If you’re looking for a meal to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day consider this sensuous four-course feast.
Get things started with a simple yet seductive antipasto of prosciutto wrapped asparagus and artichoke bruschetta. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, asparagus is considered a psycho-physiological aphrodisiac because of its shape. The velvety softness of the artichoke heart has been considered a delicacy dating back to Ancient Greece, where it was believed to enhance sexual power and help with conception.
Next up is a provocative arugula and fig salad dressed with honey balsamic vinaigrette. Arugula is rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for clearing the mind and putting the body in its sexual prime, attributes that definitely promote the right mood for romance.
The fig is one of the earliest recorded fruits of scandal; in fact some scholars believe that the true forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was actually the fig. The voluptuous fruit, with its sweet dark flesh and honey scent was reported to be a favourite of the temptress Cleopatra; it was considered sacred by the Ancient Greeks while the Romans believed it to be a gift from Bacchus. The salad is appropriately drizzled with the nectar of Aphrodite, honey.
Cappellini with Fennel Pesto
Continue the romance with capellini tossed in fennel pesto. This primo is packed with fresh flavour and sensuality with three key stimulants: fennel, basil and pine nuts. The ancient Egyptians regarded fennel as a potent nutritional supplement and libido booster, particularly useful to women.
Certain compounds contained in the plant are similar to the female hormone estrogen. Basil, on the other hand, is believed to resemble the female reproductive organ in Hindu culture. Aside from its suggestive shape, it is the mood enhancing, refreshing aroma of this herb that makes it sexy. The final inviting ingredient, pine nuts, were considered magical by Arabian lovers, rich in zinc, a key mineral to maintaining male potency.
Top off this tempting meal with a luscious espresso cream. This indulgent dessert combines two critical “c” ingredients, coffee and chocolate. Caffeine is said to supercharge the female libido while chocolate is the king of natural aphrodisiacs. The captivating cocoa bean contains the compound phenylethylamine (PEA) also known as the “love chemical,” which induces feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria.