When planning a romantic evening, most people think of soft music, flowers and candlelight; however, most overlook the importance of romantic aphrodisiac foods! Throughout the annals of time, across many different cultures certain foods have emerged with a reputation for being aphrodisiacs.
The ancient Greeks, in the first century, have the first written record of foods having aphrodisiac. By the seventh century, Paul of Aegina gave more credence to foods and their powers. American folklore, passed down from generation to generation, has recorded many of the same mysterious powers attributed to foods. Despite long-standing and popular interest in aphrodisiac foods throughout the centuries, across multiple cultures, little to no scientific study has been done to confirm or deny the claims. Lacking scientific evidence, you will need to be the judge! Create a romantic evening and make the romantic aphrodisiac dinner an event. Serve it in courses, over the entire evening. Plan ahead and have as much as possible made in advance so that you can also relax and enjoy the evening. Do something so incredibly special for your lover - that it will never be forgotten!
Serve An Aphrodisiac Dinner - For Two
Create an evening revolving around a menu of delicious aphrodisiac foods! It is important that you are both rested, and ready to enjoy a relaxed evening. This will not work if you are tired or stressed or under time pressure. The evening must be relaxed and pressure free. Neither of you should be concerned about work, kids, phone calls, or needing to be somewhere by a specific time - the focus should be on each other, enjoying the “special” meal, and soaking up the pleasures of the evening. To appreciate the evening fully, consider serving the meal in courses - one course at a time over a two or three hour period. This will give you lots of time to spend together, and makes it easier for you to enjoy the evening and prepare the foods without pressure. The food is more special if served gradually over the course of your special romantic evening. Here are the steps to make it easy!
Extend the Invitation Early
Create anticipation by extending the invitation for a very special romantic evening at least a week or 10 days in advance. Planning an evening in advance, lets your partner know that they are special to you and that the evening you are planning for them is something very special. There is power in creating expectations! Just think about how much you looked forward to Christmas as a child??¦ this sense of anticipation should be created for your lover. They will feel very loved and special knowing that you are putting so much time and energy into an evening just for them.
Clean And Sparkling - Is Sexy
You should have a pristine home. Don’t overlook any of the details. Every room in the house should be spotless. Look at it with a new eye. Get rid of any clutter, add candles, natural sents, flowers etc. to make the room in your home feel romantic and ready for your special evening. Put fresh clean sheet on the bed, make sure the bathroom is sparkling with towels and toiletries laid out for your lover. The kitchen and living areas should be clean and organized and should have some romantic touches as well. Everything should be ready for your romantic evening at least a day ahead of time, so you are not rushing around stressed at the last minute.
Create The Mood - With Romantic Music and Scented Candles
Set your dining room table in advance, with your good china and crystal, and decorate the dining room, living room, and bedroom with candles and flowers. Put on your favorite romantic music, and turn off the phones.
Greet Your Lover - Wearing Something Exotic and Sexy
When the big day arrives, greet your lover at the door wearing something sexy - and, if possible, have something comfortable and sexy for them to slip into also. If not, you should let your lover know what the proper attire will be for your evening. You don’t want them to show up in a sweatshirt and jeans for your special evening.
Sexy Foods - With Aphrodisiac Powers
Some foods touted as aphrodisiacs for generations in many cultures are: Asparagus, Almonds, Avocados, Basil, Bananas, Chocolates, Carrots, Garlic, Ginger, Honey, Licorice, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oysters, Pine Nuts, Pineapple, Raspberries and Strawberries, Truffles, and Vanilla to name a few! We’ve all heard the old adage, “the shortest way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach”. If you’re resisting this whole idea because you’re just not a cook, and would not have any idea how to incorporate these foods into a meal that is an event??¦ then relax! Just follow the links to mouthwatering recipes incorporating many of these well-known aphrodisiac foods, which are sure to please and impress your lover! These recipes are sure-fire winners, and have been collected by a gourmet cook and enjoyed by three generations!
Aphrodisiac Food Menu Ideas - With Recipes
Meet you lover at the door with a glass of their favorite wine. (Aphrodisiac food ingredients are shown in italics) After they slip into something comfortable, feed your lover strawberries dipped in chocolate as they relax on your couch. The wine, the soft music, candle light and strawberries should begin to get both of you into the mood for a lovely evening together. Once you are both relaxed, and the cares of the day are far behind you, it is time to move to the dining room where flowers, candlelight and a fabulous meal awaits you. Begin your first course with soup. Two great options are: oyster and brie champagne soup or the cauliflower soup with pesto Eat casually, enjoying the candlelight, soft music and each other company. Remove the soup from the table, and refresh the wine. Then you might want to consider serving a small tossed salad and garlic dressingtopped with plenty of garlic and oregano croutons . Again, don’t rush, savor every bite, and enjoy the wine with the taste of garlic. Again, as you remove the salad plate from the table, and prepare to bring the entr?©e, make sure your lover’s wine is freshened.
As an entree, serve the garlic chicken parmesanrecipe. Make this ahead of time, and slip into the oven about 45 minutes before serving. (Probably just before serving the soup) The green bean almandine, opulent asparagus, or ginger carrots are all good choices for vegetables to serve with the chicken. When you’ve completed the entree, it is a perfect time to serve a dessert wine.
Dessert can be served following the wine, or later in the evening. This is entirely up to you. Sometimes it is best to decide that at the time you complete the entree. Ask your lover their preference. Options for dessert could include bananas foster served over a dish of homemade vanilla ice cream or a raspberry delight , which is nice because it is a light raspberry dessert and can be made ahead and kept frozen. It can be sliced and served at a moments notice.
This evening is one that will never be forgotten and will be a great test for the power of aphrodisiac foods! We think you will quickly see why these foods have earned their powerful aphrodisiac reputations over generations! Have fun!