Recipe: Steak au Poivre With Pink Peppercorns
Are you planning an intimate dinner for two this Valentine's Day? Then SavorSA has a few ideas for you.
We've assembled a menu that includes a number of aphrodisiacs to help you set the scene for some fun to continue after the meal.
Do aphrodisiacs work? There's little in science to verify this, but the mind works in mysterious ways. You don't need a degree to realize that people can react strongly to the swirl of aromas coming from a dish of pears poached in a syrup the mingles cardamon and honey in white wine.
People are also stimulated by the shapes of foods, which is why foods such as mushrooms, asparagus and, again, pears are considered in this category.
Long before Casanova, who reportedly ate 50 oysters a day to boost his libido, stars of the sea have been considered sources of potency. Think of Venus rising from the sea on her shell.
So, we suggest starting your meal with a crab cake
or oysters on the half shell (make sure your fishmonger is reliable, if you're worried about the latter).
by itself may not carry any aphrodisiacal food, but it is a favorite. Dress it up with pink peppercorns in a sauce that's guaranteed to make him or her swoon. Serve a mango-jícama salad
on the side and your choice of vegetables.
For dessert, a poached pear
earns points for its sensual texture as well as its aroma and visual appeal.
All of these dishes are easy to prepare, which is also a plus, because your mind is likely to be on other matters.
Enjoy your evening.
Recipe: Classic Crab Cakes
Recipe: Mango-Jícama Chopped Salad
Recipe: Poached Pears in Cardamon Syrup