Eat your way to ecstasy this Valentine’s Day

As a chef and science enthusiast, I chose to  study nutrition to understand how the compounds in our food interact with our body chemistry.  Naturally, one of my areas of interest was the chemistry of sexual reproduction and stimulation. What makes our libido go?

Food has been experimented with and used in cultures for centuries as part of rituals to aid in sexual ecstasy. At some point, most medicine was some sort of food stuffs.  The term for food or drink that cause sexual arousal is Aphrodisiac.  Named after the greek goddess Aphrodite, the god of love and desire.

With Valentine’s day around the corner I decided to create a menu that is so easy anyone can make. Additional care was used while selecting my ingredients. Portions are small enough to provide you with a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner, that is delicious, nutritious and elicit. Whats more, you can repeat this meal on any occasion to satisfy you lover(s).

To my fellow Guys out there, I created this for you, us.  The plate presentation is simple but elegant, but if you make this, she will think you’re Michelin rated. My directions are clear and concise. You will need to have basic cooking aptitude to complete the meal but I took into consideration the commitment this takes. The expected prep and production time is about 2 1/2 hours, certain items can be prepared ahead of time.  This will make serving the items easier on Valentine’s Day. Oh and did I mention, it includes a completed shopping list!

The recipe follows the premise of keep it simple stupid. This is also why I am sending this post out with complete instructions and shopping list. This will help to ensure your night is well organized. Anyone can book reservations, but not anyone can make an aphrodisiac centric meal. So, put in a little work and reap the benefit.

Many foods have the profound ability to react with our bodies that will promote various aspects of sexual arousal. The vitamins and minerals that are most vital to the human reproductive system include vitamins A, many B vitamins, E, C and D. The minerals are magnesium, selenium, zinc, omega 3. Additionally increase blood flow; oxygenation of the blood is another key component.  Most of the foods that have been used as or that are regarded as aphrodisiacs are bountiful with these vitamins and minerals.  Other aphrodisiacs were given their significance based on their phallic representations.

While we work our way through each course, provided are the  recipes and directions. A final photo have been included to give you an example of a simple presentation.  Then each dish has a short synapses of how the ingredients aphrodisiac properties contribute to the meal and your well being. Rock hard this Valentine’s day…

Menu



Raw oysters with pomegranate granite 

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4 oysters½ pomegranate

½ lime

Himalayan salt

Directions

Juice the pomegranate, lime, salt together

Place in bowl and put in freezer

Stir with fork every 15 minutes until slushy like consistency

Open the oysters, and serve

 

Oysters are rich in Zinc, most likely the number one most potent natural source of fertility on the market. The 1 medium wild oyster is jacked up with nearly 100% of RDI of Zinc. Other notables are vitamin D (11%) B12 (45%) Copper (31%) Selenium (13%).  Additionally oyster are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Pomegranates are loaded with anti oxidants and have shown to have benefits for cardio vascular health.  The vitamin C in limes also helps the body absorbs the iron in the body.

For those of you who are not sure how to shuck oysters I am sure you could ask the fish monger to do it for you and keep them in an air tight container until service.


Jumbo shrimp scampi

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6 U-12 Shrimp

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic minced

1 tsp parsly minced

pinch of crushed red pepper

2 tsp fine bread crumbs

1/8 tsp oregano

Directions

Preheat broiler

Toss all ingredients except the shrimp into a mixing bowl

Add the shrimp and coat evenly

Place the shrimp in a custard dish or small pyrex dish

Place under the broiler about 3 to 4 inches from the heat. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes until firm, but golden brown.

Shrimp is another food rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and shrimp has high amounts of iodine, low iodine levels have been associated with a decreased sex drive.  Typically sexual performance issues can be contributed to some deficient in a vital nutrient.  Shrimp is  great high protein low fat food.

The garlic on the shrimp is great for blood and flow acts as natural antibiotic.  Garlic has been shown to dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow.  Also found in garlic is allicin a natural antibiotic.  Additionally garlic is high in manganese. A little garlic every day is great for maintaining a health immune system.


 

Baby arugula, avocado, pomegranate, radish, toasted almonds and wild flower ginger vinaigrette

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2 cups baby arugula

½ pomegranate

½ avocado

1 radish, thinly sliced (mandolin is best)

¼ cup almonds slivered, toasted

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1tsp honey

1 tsp. apple cider vinaigrette

1 tsp. ginger

Directions

Toss the arugula, almonds, and radish

Mix the pomegranate, avocado, reserve

Mince ginger, add honey and apple cider vinegar whisk.

Slow whisk in 1 tbsp of olive oil

Toss vinaigrette, pomegranate/avocado and arugula mix

Ginger can increase sensitivity in sexual organs, raw honey is a great sweeter option in lieu of sugar.  It is also anti fungal, anti microbial and full of B vitamins to help stimulate testosterone production. The Arugula leaf is peppery.  It makes your mouth hot, it is high in folic acid and vitamins A, C and K.

Goji berries are a newer super food anti oxidant to hit the market.  They are high in sugar. We would not recommend that you eat much more than 20 in a day.  Goji berries have been marketed as a natural food to induce HGH secretion and has been used by monks for centuries for strength and vitality. They are high in iron and vitamin C too.

Avocados are rich in B6, folic acid and potassium and were once banned historically by the church in Spain because of its resemblance to the female ova.  Almonds are high in magnesium, also phallic shape similar to the avocado


Dry aged strip steak, dark chocolate, ancho mole, raw honey and cinnamon glazed sweet potato

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12oz ounce dry aged prime strip steak

1.5 oz dark chocolate

2 ancho peppers, re constitute, reserve jus

1 shallot, roasted

1 sweet potato, cut into 2 inch thick rounds

1 spring of rosemary

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp raw honey

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Mole

Toss the shallot in olive oil leaving in the skin.

Set broiler on high and place shallot about 6 inches from the heat source.

Cook until tender.

The shallot skin is ok to burn a little as we will squeeze out the inside when cooled.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil

Soak the dried acho peppers for 15 minutes to reconstitute with the boiling water

Place in vitamix with 1.5 oz 56% dark chocolate, and 1/4 cup of reserved liquid

Steak

Cut steak in half width wise

Season the steak with Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

Allow steak to rest for 15 minutes to cook at room temperature

Place cast iron skillet in the over at 350 degrees to pre heat for 15 minutes

Place cast iron skillet on stove top on high, add coconut oil

When melted place the steak and allow to sear, while searing add springs of rosemary.  The flavors will impart a bit into the steak.

Sear for 3 minutes per side, basting with the coconut oil occasionally.  Then allow to rest until for 10 minutes before slicing, if you slice it for presentation.

Sweet potato

Sliced sweet potato in 2 inch round and steam for 20-30 minutes or until fork tender

Sweet potato, remove skin make slice in half moons

Add raw honey to sauté pan, melt.

Add sweet potato and honey, coat evenly

 

Personally my favorite cut is a rib eye. But Strip steaks of this marbling and quality will work very well. The mole is one item I recommend you prepare the night before. You could even steam the sweet potatoes and finish in the raw honey cinnamon gaze day of.

Sweet potatoes are one power packed vegetable that gets a bad wrap because it contains the word “sweet”.  A vitamin power house  of A, E, K this starchy vegetable contains high amounts of fiber, potassium, calcium to name a few. My only question is why wouldn’t you eat a sweet potato?

The mole provides us with spice, thanks to the capsicum.  Capsicum helps to contribute to the stimulation of nerves and it dilates your blood vessels. Red meat is also considered an aphrodisiac because of its high iron, zinc and B vitamins.  Coconut oil cooking is a great alternative because the MCT present in coconut oil are more readily processed by your body and less like to contribute to weight gain and gives the steak that nice buttery flavor because it is a natural saturated fat.

Chocolate is know to stimulate serotonin and provides the body with the compound called phenylethylamine.  This compound is know to stimulate hormones that are activated when we fall in love. Serotonin is know for its role in sexual arousal.



 Almonds, dried fruit, cheese

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As a classically french trained chef no tasting menu would be complete without a cheese course.  One very popular cheese that I find many people like is Manchego.  I chose a raw sheep milk Manchego.  Another one of my favorite things about cheese is the triple cream, the ooie gooie soft cheese. Adding a few pieces of dried fruit and nuts make this a wonderful compliment.

3 C’s Truffle. (Coconut chia chocolate)

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Recipe

½ cup gluten free oatmeal

1/3 cup raw coconut shredded, unsweetened

¼ cup of almond butter, unsweetened

1/8 cup chia seed

1/2 vanilla bean

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chip

1/4 cup coconut nut flakes for dusting

2 tbsp of coco powder for dusting

Directions

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour

Scoop and roll the mixture into 2 inch balls

Place more shredded coconut in a container and coat half with coconut

Place cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and toss to cover.

Serve cool.

As a food and restaurant enthusiast I love sampling various flavors. Additionally I like to taste! A fun way to bring the dinner to an interactive close is by making a few small deserts you can share. These truffles are exceptional, use natural occurring sweeteners and loaded with chia seeds, oats and dairy free chocolate.  Thats right a dessert truffle loaded with omega 3, fiber, MCTs, magnesium and phenylethylamine antioxidants!   The truffles can be made the night before and it is a really quick and easy recipe.  These truffles are a good “healthy” option to keep around for a sweet tooth.  They are loaded


 

Vanilla, banana maca yogurt parfait

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1 banana

2 tbsp water

2 tsp maca

1 tsp raw honey

½ vanilla bean

4oz siggi 0% yogurt

Directions

Place ingredients in a blender

Puree until smooth

Typically, I purchase full fat dairy products and consume minimally.  For this recipe I found that the  Siggi individual yogurt is a good low fat, low sugar and high protein option to use in a parfait. These can be served in shot glasses or champagne flutes. The maca is a product now being more widely marketed as a natural alternative for vitality, fertility and energy. Maca is a root vegetable from south American and can be found in powder and pill form. It is very high in the minerals zinc, iron and vitamins C.

Bananas are obviously a phallic symbol but they are also very nutrient dense.  Loaded with potassium, B vitamins and are good for vascular health.  Vanilla beans is the way to go.  Extract and the like are mostly a flavored alcohol.  1/2 a vanilla bean goes a long way, plus the pods can be stored in sugar or honey to add to your morning coffee or tea!

This parfait is also a great recipe to have for a nice breakfast air post work out shake due to the high protein, essential b vitamins and iron, so put down the protein powder and switch to the all natural banana mama parfait.

 



 

Shopping List

Oysters x 4

Shrimp u-12 x 6

Strip steak 12oz x 1

Banana x 1

Sweet potato, medium x 1

Shallot x 1

Garlic x 1

Almonds x 3oz

Dairy free chocolate chip x 1

Chia seed x 1bag

Vanilla bean x 1

Pomegranate x 1

Lime x 1

Siggi, pain 0%

Maca x 1 bag

Almond butter x 1

Cheese-what is your preference

Dried fruit

Shredded coconut x 1 bag

Arugula x 1 small bag

Avocado x 1

Ginger x 1 inch piece

Honey, wild flower x 1 small

Apple cider vinaigrette x 1 small

GF rolled flat oats x 1 small

Radishes 1 bunch

Dried peppers x 2 each

Coconut oil x 1 small

Parsley x 1 bunch

Dried oregano x 1 jar

Crushed red pepper x 1 jar

Dark chocolate x 2oz

Goji berries x 1oz


 

Links to references

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphrodisiac

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/g1022/aphrodisiac-foods-0509/

http://www.naturalnews.com/023361_nutrients_body_life.html#

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4189/2

http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-fresh-or-dried-vegetables-sweet-potato-boiled-without-skin_f-ZmlkPTc5MzU1.html

http://www.thehealthyarchive.info/2014/05/7-healthy-aphrodisiac-foods-that-will.html

http://www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/Aphrodite/aphrodite.html

 

 

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