Foods to get you in the mood

Foods to get you in the mood

It’s that time of year again when almost all of us are donning our thinking caps and wondering what we should do to make our loved one feel happy and loved.

Well, why not put together a delicious feast with ingredients that fuel the mood for love. Now I know that oysters are said to do it, but not everyone likes and oyster, so here are a couple of ingredients that you can put together to get the blood pumping and the nerve endings tingling in all the right places.

Who would have thought that watermelon, vanilla, celery, fennel, honey, asparagus, bananas, almonds, basil, chocolate, figs and garlic can all do the trick?

Asparagus apparently stirs up lust in men and woman and it is said that in the 19th century bridegrooms were fed three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinners. If anything, they would have left the table healthy, because asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, Vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid.

Lovely, sweet, runny honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. Basil, with its delicious aroma and flavor, makes any dish taste fabulous and is said to be very stimulating as well. This could be why the Italians are so romantic.

Now bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins and also contain chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, which is said to enhance the male libido. Avocados were forbidden by Catholic priests in Spain, because they said the fruit was so obscenely sexual. The fruit that hangs from the tree in pairs resembled testicles in their minds. The aroma of almonds is said to arouse passion in the fairer sex, on the other hand.

Well, here are a few dishes that you could cook up for a romantic Valentine’s dinner; or just make some vanilla, honey and almond milk and start your day right.

Let’s cook!

Figs stuffed with vanilla and honey mascarpone

Serves 4

Ingredients:

8 big fat swollen figs

250g mascarpone cheese

1 tbls honey

Seeds of 1 vanilla pod

1 -2 tbls chopped almonds

Method:

Slice the figs three quarters of the way down.

Press down to create an opening and stuff with mascarpone.

Drizzle with honey and sprinkle over the chopped almonds.

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Loving Jug Full

Ingredients:

3 cups watermelon juice

1 cup gin

1 cup lime juice

1 cup sugar syrup

Soda water, or lemonade to top up

Method:

Stir all the ingredients together in a large jug and pour into tall glasses filled with ice, top up with Soda water or lemonade.

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Vanilla Honey Almond Milk

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Seeds from vanilla pod

2 glasses almond milk

2 tbls ground almonds

Honey to taste

Method:

Stir all the ingredients together and serve over crushed ice.

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