Share the Love with Aphrodisiac Menu
If Valentine’s Day hype is getting you down, share the love and fight back with a February 14 menu composed entirely from “aphrodisiac” ingredients.
The idea comes from Dr Dolores Lamb, a leading reproductive medicine researcher with a great sense of humor, who has held an “aphrodisiac luncheon” with prizes for the best dishes with her lab colleagues for the last decade.
The challenge is to assemble the most aphrodisiac ingredients in the best tasting dish you can dream up.
And for most of us – partnered or single – who are long past getting a kick out of the romantic cliches like chocolates, roses and heart shaped cards, what a great way to still mark the day with affection.
An Unforgettable Valentine’s Lunch
Why not organise it as a “pot luck” meal with other close friends (single or otherwise.) Everyone brings a dish. Everyone gets to taste and vote on what’s best, and enjoys a good laugh and good food together?
If you’re short of recipes we’ve assembled some suggestions based on Dr Lamb’s list of 100 Aphrodisiac foods.
As Dr Lamb – who is director of the Center for Reproductive medicine at Baylor College of Medicine – says it’s a “fun way for the lab to get together and do something fun.”
Secret Is Enhancing Circulation Or Mood
The science behind aphrodisiac claims is fairly weak, Dr Lamb admits, but tends to have two factors in common; the foods either promote circulation or boost brain serotonin.
And traditionally there have been three things that have helped mark out food for passion;
- Shape that suggests phallic images – think bananas and oysters
- Texture or shape that has sensual associations – like peaches, pomegranates, figs or avocado
- Foods that enhance bodily sensations like spicy peppers
Substances often hailed as the potent elements of aphrodisiacs include polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids, potassium, zinc, B vitamins, and copper.
Winning Valentine’s Day Dishes
Last year’s Valentine’s Baylor College luncheon winners were lavender lemon bars (best dish) and chocolate covered strawberries and fruit salad (most aphrodisiacs included).
Here’s a few easy to start with suggestions for a fantastic 2015 aphrodisiac lunch. Share the recipes around your friends and get cookinjg!
STARTER OR APPETISER
Oysters – adding cheese and bacon can make them more potent because they’re also aphrodisiacs.
Chili with green salad (asparagus rocket and avocado)
OR Asparagus Parmesan and Horseradish Tart with tomato, basil and rocket salad
Chili – Capsaicin, a chemical found in fiery peppers, increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve ending so you’ll feel turned on.
Dr Lamb’s 2014 Valentine’s Day creation was chilli loaded with aphrodisiacs like beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili peppers, cheese and avocados.
with Rocket, Asparagus and Avocadoes – The vitamin E in these green eats helps your body churn out hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, which circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses like clitoral swelling and vaginal lubrication.
Or Salad of Rocket, Tomatoes and Basil – all on Dr Lamb’s list of 100 Aphrodisiac Foods.
Chocolate Flan with cinnamon, vanilla and eggs with Fruit Salad
Chocolate – The New York Times reports that scientists ascribe the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate, if any, to two chemicals it contains. One, tryptophan, is a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. The other, phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine, is released in the brain when people fall in love.
Sadly it seems chocolate doesn’t contain enough of these to really have an effect on libido, so any aphrodisiac quality for chocolate if more psychological than physical.
Chocolate lovers will say eating it gives pleasure and improves mood. Add chocolate to egg, cinnamon and vanilla in a flan and you’ll feel even better!
Fruit Salad – Fruit comes in tops on Dr Lamb’s list of 100 aphrodisiac foods with vasilodilators like raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and so many more. Like apples, apricots, pomegranate, figs, watermelon, grapes, peach and cranberry and there will be no holding you down!
And to wash it all down?
Besides relaxing you faster than a neck rub can, red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps boost blood flow and improves circulation before and during intercourse.
AND THE FINAL ENCORE?
If you’re still feeding in need of a little extra support to get the romance rocking you can always turn to herbal aphrodisiacs like horny goat weed and damiana, found in trusted sexual stimulants Herbal Ignite for Him and Her. Order them now and make your Valentine’s day go off with a bang!