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VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER 2020
Caviar topped Oysters
Zinc, found in Caviar and Oysters, stimulates the formation of testosterone, helps to produce sperm and increases libido. Oysters also resemble the "female" genitals, are very nutritious and high in protein.
Love Apple Soup
Tomatoes are often referred to as the "apple of love," due to the texture of the fruit and their acids which stimulate blood flow to the lips and mouth. Research shows they can enhance sexual performance and improve muscle control.
Foie Gras contains high amounts of zinc and iron, which increase nerve sensitivity and blood circulation to intensify orgasms. Its mythical status may signal to our brain that the person offering it can take care of us, so we want to mate.
Avocado and Rocket Salad with Toasted Almonds Coriander & Pomegranate Dressing
Aztecs called the avocado ahuacuatl, or "testicle tree"; the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled testicles. Catholic priests found it obscenely sexual and forbade it. It is rich with folic acid, vitamin B6 and potassium, which boost the immune system. Rocket has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. Throughout antiquity, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols and the aroma of almond is said to arouse passion in females. The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander, which is also known as an "appetite" stimulant. The pomegranate passion comes from antioxidants, which protect the lining of blood vessels, increasing blood flow, resulting in increased genital sensitivity.
Roasted Salmon with a Spicy Ginger Pesto Crust (ginger; basil; pine nuts; garlic; chilli)
Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which keep sex-hormone production at its peak. Ginger is a circulatory system stimulant that increases sexual powers and desire. Basil boosts circulation, which has an aphrodisiac effect in stimulating sex drive and increasing fertility. The scent is said to drive men wild (women would dust their breasts with dried, powdered basil). Garlic is full of allicin, which increases blood flow. The 'heat' in garlic is said to stir sexual desire. Pine nuts are rich in zinc and have been used to stimulate the libido as far back as Medieval times. Capsaicin, found in chillies, increases circulation to get blood pumping, stimulating nerve endings so you'll feel more turned on.
Sautéed Asparagus, Fennel & Celery
Asparagus is a key source of potassium, fibre, vitamins B6, A and C, thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine, necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes. Culpepper wrote, “asparagus stirs up lust in man and woman" and in 19thC France bridegrooms were served three courses of it at their prenuptial dinners. The Vegetarian Society suggests "eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect". Fennel is a source of natural plant estrogens and its use as a "libido enhancement" dates back to Egyptian times. Celery contains androsterone, a hormone that it is believed to attract females when secreted through sweat.
Caramelised Bananas & Pineapple with Nutmeg, Vanilla & Honey
Its sexual shape is obvious, but the banana is loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins, chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, which enhance the male libido aiding sex hormone production. They also provide instant, long-lasting energy – giving staying power and regulating blood pressure, which can help with erectile disfunction. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and is used in homeopathic treatment for impotence. Vanilla mildly stimulates nerves, giving heightened sexual sensation. The scent and flavour is believed to increase lust. Myth has it that the daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess unable to marry due to her divine nature, transformed herself into a plant to provide pleasure and happiness. Honey is a great source of the mineral boron, that helps the body use and metabolise oestrogen. It also contains B vitamins, good for testosterone. In Egyptian times honey was used to cure sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, and honeymooners drank mead to "sweeten" the marriage. Nutmeg was highly prized by Chinese women as an aphrodisiac, which can produce a hallucinogenic effect.
Baked Figs Stuffed with Dark Chocolate
An open fig is believed to emulate the female sex organs; they are reported to be Cleopatra’s favourite fruit. Ancient Greeks thought them sacred, associated with love and fertility. Chocolate is the king of natural aphrodisiacs, containing anandamide, the psycho-active feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine), the "love chemical," which releases dopamine in the pleasure centres of the brain, peaking during orgasm. PEA is said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. Cacao also contains tryptophan, a key component of serotonin, which promotes well-being and relaxation, with cumin and cinnamon.