Food to get you in the mood this Valentine’s …


Kick start your libido this Valentines with a selection of aphrodisiac foods! It is believed that certain foods may increase your sex drive so if you are feeling fruity this Valentine’s keep reading! Science suggests that in fact the idea that certain foods raise the tempo and ‘all of a sudden turn you into a sex goddess’ may actually be a myth, but at the same time have the placebo effect, so whichever way – it could help!

I don’t know about you, but I always think about the all-time-classic ‘Lady and The Tramp’ movie when I think about a romantic meal for two, let’s face it there is nothing more romantic than a meal for two, to sit and enjoy each other’s company and tuck into a nice hot meal or bowl of nibbles is there? –  What’s more romantic than sharing a bowl of cheesy nachos over a chick flick sat cosily together in front of an open fire? … But I hear you ask what foods get you in the mood?

What foods get you in the mood? 

With a starter, main meal and dessert of oysters, avocado, figs and chocolate what more could you need to get you in the mood?

Movie Night in Valentines Menu:

Planning a romantic, candle lit meal for 2 at home this Valentine’s day then look no further for culinary inspiration,  and romance your date this Valentine’s with a steamy selection of more-ish foods, here’s how to do it with a few recipe ideas that might just tickle your fancy! Go all out and add stunning fresh flowers to the table.

Starter: Prawns in Chilli Sauce – 

  • 150ml/5¼fl oz good quality mayonnaise, preferably organic
  • 50g/2oz harissa (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 500g/1lb cooked prawns, shell-on (or buy peeled prawns if you prefer)

Preparation method:

  1. Place all the ingredients except the prawns into a bowl and mix well, then transfer to a small dipping bowl.
  2. Place the prawns on a large plate for people to peel and dip into the sauce.

Main Meal: Oven-baked risotto carbonara –

  • 8fl oz/225ml carnaroli rice
  • 4½oz/125g cubetti pancetta or chopped bacon
  • 1oz/25g butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1¼ pints/725ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3oz/75g finely grated pecorino, plus some extra for sprinkling
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 heaped tbsp crème fraîche
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper

Preparation method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
  2. First of all, in a large, hot frying pan over a medium heat, fry the pancetta or bacon in its own fat for 4-5 minutes, until it’s crisp and golden, then remove it to a plate. Next add the butter to the pan, then the onion, turn the heat down to gentle and let the onion soften in the butter for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the stock in a small saucepan. Then return the pancetta or bacon to the frying pan and, after that, stir in the rice and move it around until all the grains get a good coating of the buttery juices. Now add the hot stock to the rice, along with some salt and freshly milled black pepper. Let it all come up to a gentle simmer, then transfer the whole lot to the warmed dish, stir it once and then bake, without covering, on the centre shelf of the oven and set a timer for 20 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, gently stir in the Pecorino, folding and turning the rice grains over, then set the timer for a further 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the egg, egg yolks and crème fraîche together, then remove the risotto from the oven and gently stir in this mixture, making sure it is well mixed. Leave the risotto for about 2 minutes, by which time the eggs and crème fraîche will have thickened – but no longer, as it will get too thick. Serve on warm plates with some more Pecorino Romano sprinkled over.


Dessert: Hot chocolate sauce over Vanilla ice cream (the best until last!)

  • 200g/7oz good-quality dark chocolate, minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, chopped
  • 175ml/6fl oz milk
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • 30g/1¼oz caster sugar
  • 30g/1¼oz chilled butter, cut into cubes

Preparation method:

  1. Bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the chocolate and melt slowly, stirring occasionally, until very smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat.
  2. Bring the milk, cream and sugar to the boil in a saucepan over a medium heat, whisking continuously.
  3. Pour the boiling cream mixture over the melted chocolate, whisking continuously until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  4. Return the chocolate and cream mixture to the pan and heat until just simmering, stirring continuously. Allow to bubble over the heat for a few seconds, then turn off the heat and whisk in the butter, a cube at a time, until the sauce is smooth and glossy and all the butter has melted.
  5. Strain the chocolate sauce through a fine sieve, then serve immediately, over ice cream or meringue nests. – Yum!

Nothing beats a night at home for February the 14th, a nice meal and lots to talk about, but how about a glass of chocolate wine to sip too? A real indulgent and mouth-watering treat.

If you’re wanting other ideas for a fabulous foodie Valentine’s day, then just remember the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! And vice versa – so we have constructed a list of ‘must -have’ valentine’s food and nibbles to enjoy on February 14th.

Red Velvet cake

Hershey’s Kisses

Sizzlers Love Hearts

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Oysters and Champagne

Smoked Salmon and Champagne

Spaghetti and meatballs

Figs…. (Sticky toffee pudding)

Asparagus,

Bananas

Passion fruit

Lobster

Strawberries and champagne

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