Granted, the FinerMinds team have been on a somewhat sexual marathon lately, with posts churned out weekly on how to make the most out of your intimacy. For the sake of justifying, it’s not that we’re getting hot under the collar this summer, but hey – what’s personal and spiritual growth without exploring the more pleasurable frontiers of giving and receiving, no?
After scouting the web and the food market for herbs that put you on a sexual high to sensual scents that you can sniff into oblivion, we decided to take our culinary knowledge the next level – how’s about we give you some food recipes that will do more than just fulfill your appetite?
Jamie Oliver fooled us all. He was never a naked chef. But perhaps you’ll get to be if you try out these quick pleasure invoking recipes using some of the hottest aphrodisiacs in the market.
Star Aphrodisiac: Oysters supply the body with two rare amino acids – D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate, causing your body to release more testosterone (for men) and progesterone (for women). They’re best eaten raw, but for those of you who are squeamish about sashimi, here’s a recipe for cooked oysters from Olive magazine.
Ingredients: 3 finely chopped bacon rashers, 2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 4 tbsp double cream, 12 oysters and some lemon wedges.
The How-To: Fry the bacon until brown, and add the breadcrumbs and brown them too. Mix the Worcestershire sauce with the cream apply a dollop on each oyster. Continue to top with some of the bacon and breadcrumb mixture, and grill the oysters (in their shells) until those are brown and crisp. Squeeze some lemon in or serve them together with wedges. Serves four.
Artichoke, Lemon & Parmesan Pasta
Star Aphrodisiac: According to What’s Cooking America, ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes an aphrodisiac, and were prescribed to couples who wanted to conceive sons. Health Diaries reported that in the Middle Ages, women were prohibited from eating them as to not provoke sexual desire. Fortunately, today Artichokes are a legal plant available is most supermarkets. Fill up fast with this delicious and simple recipe.
Ingredients: 150g/5 oz spaghetti, 100g/3.5 oz marinated (drained and sliced) artichoke hearts, 1 lemon (juiced and zested), 25g/1 oz finely grated Parmesan, shredded basil and some olive oil.
The How-To: Mix the artichoke, Parmesan, basil and lemon with a tablespoon of olive oil, season well with herbs (if desired) and toss them together with the (boiled) spaghetti. Serves two.
Chocolate Mousse With Chili
Star Aphrodisiac: Chocolate is perhaps the world’s most famous aphrodisiac, so much that the films Chocolat and Down With Love revolved around its spell. The neurotransmitters serotonin and anandamide, which contributes to feelings of happiness and euphoria, are found in chocolate. Pair that with chilli, which causes an increase in heart rate and breathing, sweating, and blood flow (in other words – the symptoms of sexual arousal), and you’re set for a hot night. This recipe from Italy’s GialloZafferano kitchen will melt you like pudding.
Ingredients: 2 eggs (whites and yolk separated), 1 shot of espresso, 1 tbsp powdered sugar, a pinch of powdered chili (a little more if you want), 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 100g/3.5 oz dark chocolate and whipped cream.
The How-To: Melt the chocolate in an oven-safe bowl resting over a saucepan of simmering water, add the espresso and mix until smooth. Turn off the heat and mix in the butter, powdered chilli and egg yolks. Leave to cool. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and a pinch of salt until it foams, and add in the sugar while continuing to beat for a few more minutes.
Mix this into the bowl of chocolate (a little at a time), folding the egg whites into the chocolate gently until you have a light and creamy mousse. Pour into a serving bowl and let it rest in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Enjoy it with whipped cream. Serves two.
Star Aphrodisiac: Greek goddesses Persephone and Aphrodite were both associated with the Pomegranate fruit, as it is a symbol of fertility. Its antioxidant properties also protects the elasticity of blood vessels and promotes healthy blood circulation. Lavender, on the other hand, is a scent that has been reported by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago to arouse men. This juicy concoction of pomegranate, mango and lavender from the Museum of Sex in New York makes for a sexy punch.
Ingredients: Lime juice, lavender sugar (mixture of dried ground lavender and fine sugar), 100ml pomegranate juice, 100 ml mango elixir (mango concentrate and distilled water), 100ml syrup (equal parts sugar and water), soda water. Serves one.
The How-To: Dip the mouth of your glass into the lime juice. Add the pomegranate juice, followed by the mango elixir, syrup and finish with soda water and ice. Add a splash of your favourite spirit if you want some help dropping your inhibition.
What is your favorite aphrodisiac? Do you have any recipes that you’ve tried before or have been meaning to try? Share them with us below.