May 18, 2010

Taste Your Feelings...Engage your senses....

I'm not sure WHEN food and sex became a couple... but i do know that theirs is a love affair that will last til the Pyramids are dust.  While through the ages, aphrodisiacs have been used to increase libido and sex drive... I still remain a firm believer that the best aphrodisiac is LOVE itself :) 

However, if you want to enjoy mixing food with pleasure.. grab a BLINDFOLD!! It's been proven that when you can't see what you are eating; your taste and smell range is heightened and you will enjoy both food and pleasure THAT much more.... yeah... SCORE lol.. 

I have totally fallin in LOVE with InterCourses; an Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins...because  besides containing recipes that include a long list of known lover food... the eye catching photography is as tasty as the ingredients!! 
Each chapter ALSO gets into the history of each aphrodisiac. To help the love-hungry integrate these sensual foods into their lives, 'InterCourses' also contains numerous reference guides that match the perfect aphrodisiac with any occasion, time of day, season of year, or even the astrological sign of  your partner.

I also believe that every good romantical meal should start AND end with a bottle... yes a BOTTLE not a glass.. of the bubbly stuff!! And because of it's steady stream of delicate bubbles, champagne will hit the system a lot sooner than say.... still wine. Champagne (especially the dry white ones) also replicates the aromas of female pheromones.. further helping it's aphrodisiac reputation.

Ginger is one of those things that hits the senses and you're like WOW!!!

As a natural aphrodisiac it increases circulation as well as tickles the senses.... Served pickled, candied or in the raw, ginger increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones.
French legend Madame du Barry made a practice of serving ginger to her lovers. It was said to drive all, including her most famous lover, Louis XV, to a state of complete and utter submissiveness
Maybe not one of the more popular aphrodisiacs... Salmon is an excellent source of protein - essential for stamina - salmon is also loaded with omega 3’s, proven to elevate seratonin levels in the brain and thereby enhance mood. Vitamin rich, this fish has got a great dose of A, D, B and calcium, all known to be necessary for giving the all-important libido lift. It may not be as sexy as whipped cream.... but it DEF packs a LOVEly punch!! 
Said to be one of Cleopatra's favorite fruits... the fig's sweet taste and beautiful color inspire passion when eaten..since when it is split down the middle and opened, it resembles a womans unmentionables!!  Ancient Greeks revered the fig as one of the most DECADENT foods and put it's value above gold.
Some even say that the fig's beginnings were in the Garden of Eden and perhaps might have even been the notorious "forbidden fruit" that caused so much ruckus!! 
Ahhh the Avacado!! A voluptuous fruit... the avocado has long been compared to a the feminine shape and male sexuality. The Aztecs referred to the avocado tress as  "Ahuacuatl," or "testicle tree." The ancients thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled the male's testicles. The Spanish, in fact, found avocados so obscenely sexy, that Catholic priests forbade them to their parishioners. Avocados are high in folic acid, as well as vitamin B6 and potassium. hmmmphm LOL
Since asparagus is a Lily family member... it already has a one-up on the rest of the clan...but Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acidThe latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasms in both sexes.

I  have also added a recipe sure to add a little something to your next dinner for two… or brunch for ten LOL Plus, it contains two aphrodisiacs.. I’m JUST SAYIN!!

Asparagus and Ham Roll Ups
“taste of home”
-16 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 16 strips
- 8 ounces of Havarti Cheese, cut into 16 strips
- 8 thin slices of deli ham or prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise
- 16 whole chives
-In a large skillet, bring 1in. of water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and cook for 3 min. Drain and immediately place asparagus in cold water. Drain and pat dry.
-Place asparagus spear, red pepper strip, and cheese strip on each slice of ham. Roll up tightly; tie with a chive. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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