This week we were invited to host Lisa Ridout’s Valentines Day Party. Lisa Ridout is a local Jewellry Designer in the heart of downtown Toronto. A great crowd turned out to mingle over a glass of wine while fashioning Lisa’s latest designs just in time for the most romantic day of the year. Check out Lisa’s website here. To get everyone in the mood we came up with some great aphrodisiacs we would like to share with you.
We decided to bring them dessert first, afterall it’s sometime fun to break the rules 🙂
Strawberries gained their title as aphrodisiacs because of their large number of tiny seeds which symbolize fertility. However, Strawberries contain the most amount of Vitamin C then any other berry which can aid in boosting a lacklustre libido.
Chocolate was discovered by the Aztecs in 600BC. Aztec Emperor Montezuma is said to consume 50 goblets of melted chocolate a day to fuel his wild orgies. We get it, your not into orgies, and you don’t even know where you put your goblet, but chocolate is known to boost serotonin and Phenylethyalanine levels in the brain which is a stimulant similar to the body’s own dopamine and adrenaline which induces the emotion of falling in love.
Next we choose to make Cured Salmon Canapes. Sure Salmon Canapes may be a staple orderve at parties, but Salmon is a fish that lives to spawn.
Our Bleeding Hearts were a nice choice because the cucumbers provide plenty of freshness to the dish. We filled the cucumber round with beets to give the impression of the bleeding heart.
The Romans considered Beet juice to be an aphrodisiac. The goat cheese gave the round a very nice balance. Our sexual boost comes from the Pine Nuts and Honey. Pine Nuts are an excellent source of Zinc. A lack of Zinc can lead to infertility and impotence, and their Boron compound stimpulates the brain. The word Aphrodisiac comes from the name Aphrodite, who is the goddess of sexual love and beauty. Honey is know to be the nectar of Aphrodite. Honey is a very seductive food, its form of sugar sustains high energy and easily metobolizes while also being rich in B vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids.
Next we brought out some Mussels on the half shelf with Guiness and Pancetta reduction.
Casanova would have 50 Oysters and Mussels for breakfast everyday, and he admits to seducing over 122 women in his memoirs. This could be due to the rare amino acids found in shelfsish that trigger sexual hormones.
Asparagus wrapped in ham, carmelized onion and phylo pastry.
Asparagus is known to be one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs. An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners. Apparently for a good reason: asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
Skewers is an easy way to group together some powerful aphrodisiacs. Pineapple, Tomato, and Avacado make a great combanation. Pineapple is brilliant for digestion, so eat after a romantic dinner. It’s rich in vitamin C and is used in the homeopathic treatment for impotence. In the beginning, the avocado was deemed an aphrodisiac for its appearance. The Aztecs, the first documented avocado eaters, dubbed the avocado tree Ahuacuatl, or testicle tree. If you’ve ever seen avocados growing, you know that the fruits dangle low, often in pairs (testicles)! We now know that avocados deliver a punch of nutrients essential to sexual health, including beta carotene, magnesium and vitamin E, (which is sometimes called the “sex vitamin“). An avocado also delivers more potassium than a raw banana. It even offers 2.4 grams of protein for every 1/2 cup of fruit, an essential ingredient for a successful late night tango.