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Cooking with aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs have long been sought out as solutions for an array of sexual difficulties, from sexual drive to fertility. ‘Aphrodisiac’ is coined from the name ‘Aphrodite’, the Greek goddess of sex and beauty, and describes anything that arouses desire (mostly used in terms of food).

In medieval times aphrodisiacs were used simply as a way of being health conscious, as many people didn’t have much diversity in their day-to-day diet. Aphrodisiacs in this era also included substances that resemble human genitalia in their natural forms, such as bulbs and exotic plants. Even though malnutrition is still seen to have a negative effect on fertility for both men and women, aphrodisiacs have evolved from being used to break up a bland diet into foods that are said to hold elusive sexually stimulating qualities.

Some of these foods are frightfully obscure, such as fresh snake blood, bat blood, reindeer penises, shark fins and ground rhinoceros horns. But you don’t have to be a hunter-gatherer to harvest your share of libido-lifting foods.

Here are some easy recipes that can be used as part of a romantic dinner or cheeky dessert, which use readily available ingredients:

Almond cake
Almonds are supposedly a female-specific aphrodisiac, as the scent appeals to the more sensual desires. Simply add almonds to your favourite sponge or vanilla cake recipe by sprinkling them in the batter as you combine the ingredients in a bowl, or on top of marzipan (almond spread) as icing for a double dose!

Mustard and Basil Bruschetta
Basil is known to boost the male and female libido. According to the Vegetarian Society UK, mustard has been used to stimulate sexual desire by rubbing it all over the body, and a folklore remedy for impotence involves rubbing mustard paste onto the penis. Combining these two ingredients is sure to get your guy/girl going!

1-2 tsp seeded mustard
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
½ tsp crushed garlic
2 fresh tomatoes, diced (not from a can)
1 piece of Bread – grain bread to strengthen the effect, sourdough may be used if preferred.

Combine garlic, basil and tomato so that all ingredients are evenly distributed. Spread bread with mustard (to your liking) and top with bruschetta mixture. Serves 1-2

Raspberry and Strawberry Champagne
Raspberries and strawberries have been referenced in ancient erotic literature as ‘fruit nipples’ and, like on the human body, are said to be erogenous appendages of nature. Simply combine both fruits in a blender, add champagne to the jug (do not blend) and stir well. This is a cheeky addition to an already flirtatious drink!

Roasted figs with hazelnuts and caramel sauce
Figs are fruits that have a fleshy pink centre, said to resemble the inner area of female genitalia. They are known as one of the oldest fruits that symbolise fertility and were often given to newlyweds in Syria and ancient Greece as a good omen for childbearing. They make a sensual dessert, especially because of the slippery action of the mouth required to eat them.

6 figs, halved
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup roasted peeled hazelnuts
Vanilla icecream, to serve

Preheat a 200°C fan-forced oven. Place figs on a lined baking tray, roast for 5-6 minutes or until figs soften a little. Sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar over the figs and caramelise the sugar using a kitchen blowtorch. Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat and add remaining ½ cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp of water and cook for 1-2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add hazelnuts and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes until sauce thickens.
Arrange figs on a plate, spoon over sauce and serve with vanilla icecream.
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Probably the most well known of all aphrodisiacs, oysters are rich in zinc which is said to help with impotence in men and boost sexual desire in both sexes. Again, the act of eating oysters can be quite seductive in the sucking and slurping of the mouth.
A few versions of the oyster dish are:

Serve with lemon wedges and cracked pepper.

Oysters with lime & sweet-chilli Sauce
Combine lime zest, freshly squeezed limejuice and sweet-chilli sauce – use about 1/3 limejuice and 2/3 sweet-chilli sauce.

Oysters with shallots and red-wine vinegar
1-2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tsp sugar
5 tsp red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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