Cooking a Valentine’s Day meal for your love? Sneak these 10 ingredients (pssst… most are known to work as aphrodisiacs) into your menu; after all they say the way to his heart is through his stomach!
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Not only is this succulent veggie brimming with nutrients, but it is also known to “stir up lust in man and woman”, according to Nicholas Culpepper, a 17th century English herbalist.
How about asparagus soup as a starter for your meal? Or try this Asparagus With Poached Egg And Parmesan recipe.
Abundant in essential fatty acids and Omega-3 fats, almonds have long been used to boost the production of testosterone, fertility and a healthy libido.
Whether because of its sensual pear shape or its aphrodisiac properties worshipped by ancient Aztecs, the avocado is nevertheless a highly nutritious fruit.
Spread avocado paste on starters like toast or blend it into smoothies to accompany the meal. You can also make this Avocado, Mango & Macadamia Salad.
This aromatic herb boosts the flavour of your dishes and is known to help improve well-being. But even better still is its reputation in ancient Greece where it’s used as an ingredient in love rituals.
Try sprinkling some fresh basil leaves on your salad or better yet, cook a pesto pasta with a good dose of basil, like this Chicken And Prosciutto Pasta.
Any chef knows that butter is the secret ingredient to make you fall in love with the dish, as it gives food that moreish and addictive quality.
This versatile ingredient can be used in many dishes and baking – we suggest this Sea Bass With Miso Butter Sauce made with the best-selling SCS Butter.
Packed with feel-good chemicals like happiness-inducing phenylethlyamine and mood-lifting serotonin, chocs have been used as “love drugs” for centuries. Go for dark chocs with a high cocoa content.
Make sure your dessert is a chocolate-based one, like this Panforte, or prepare some after-dinner chocolate mints.
A natural aphrodisiac which is known to arouse sexual desires and feelings of lust (also the reason why the aroma of cinnamon buns always draws us), cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties good for health.
Either freshly-baked cinnamon buns or Apple And Cinnamon Muffins, or consider serving cinnamon tea as an after-meal drink.
Sweeten your savouries by serving up a honey-glazed meat dish, like this Honey Mustard Pork With Apples. You can also prepare a honey cocktail or drink to accompany the meal.
One of the most known aphrodisiac foods, oysters have a reputation of increasing sexual desire by triggering increased sex hormones in the body, thanks to their high content of zinc and rare amino acids.
A platter of oysters in your menu. Or cook this local fave: Or Luak (Oyster Omelette).
Also sometimes referred to as the “apple of love”, the tomato stimulates the flow of blood in your body and helps improve muscle control to aid sexual performance.
This versatile fruit can be added as a side to any of your main dishes, like this Roasted Tomato And Anchovy Pasta, or to your salads.
Text: Sean Tan