Saturday, February 11, 2012

Warm Up to Valentine's Day

I am a foodie! See, there, I admitted it. I love food and all the wonderful things it does for the body...not least of which is keeping the energy levels up.

So, what does food have to do with Valentine's Day? Everything! It has everything to do with Valentine's Day. And why should I be discussing food on a blog that is geared more towards kink than epicurean delights? 

Hmm, let me trot out some old adages:

"The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" -- this is true for women too, so guys, pay attention!

"It's all in the presentation" -- don't tell me looks don't matter!

"You are what you eat" -- okay, so this one is a bit on the risque side, but hey, this is a blog about kink after all!

With Valentine's Day only three days away, I thought I'd give you guys some ideas to spice things up with your sweetie! Roses and chocolates are great (especially if the chocolates come from See's Candy and there is a heavy mixture of milk chocolate bordeauxs, mochas, chocolate creams, lemon truffles, key lime truffles, strawberry truffles, and raspberry truffles **hint, hint for anyone who'd like to know what I crave!**)...I digress... sorry, let me wipe the screen off-- there, all better.

As I was saying. Roses and chocolates are great. Jewelry -- if tasteful and that's what your significant other likes -- is wonderful. But those are the old tried and true, easy choices. What better way to show how much you care about the one you love than to create a delicious meal that can be shared in an intimate setting.

While researching a book, I discovered that there are more food items considered aphrodisiacs than just chocolate. Cinnamon, vanilla, honey, chiles (also spelled chili), chrysanthemums (yes, these flowers are edible), asparagus (yeah, your veggies can be sexy!) and so many other things that can stimulate arousal. As a result, I ended up finding three wonderful cookbooks that helped me with my story (I'll post the food seduction scene on Valentine's Day on my website and gave me way too many ideas about how I'd like to spend my Valentine's Days.

***Warning! Make sure you know what food allergies your sweetie has BEFORE you cook anything for them***

Between the three books and a search on the internet I found lots of delicious items that my heroine, Ariel Valerian, made for her hero, Dane Reese, and I'm going to share two of those recipes with you. All of these foods are 'finger-foods' which makes the sharing of them very, very sensual (think how sexy it is to feed a bite to your lover and then lick your fingers clean...or let her/him/them lick your fingers clean!)

From Fork Me, Spoon Me: The Sensual Cookbook by Amy Reiley.
Hot Honey Nuts -- ingredients:
1/4 cup honey
2 cups mixed nuts
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon chile flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Melt butter in a small saucepan. Drizzle hone with chile flakes into the pot. Boil gently for two minutes, being careful not to scorch the honey. Remove from heat. Place nuts on a foil-lined baking sheet, folding up the edges to keep the honey from spilling. Pour the honey mixture over the nuts (be careful not to touch the honey as it will be VERY hot). Roast the nuts in the oven for 8-10 minutes, flipping the nuts after the first 4-5 minutes.
Remove the nuts from the tray and let them cool for 20 minutes before eating. Make sure you clean the tray immediately or you'll never get the saucepan or baking sheet clean.

In my book, An Invitation: Ariel's Pet, Ariel used only almonds for the recipe. I'm partial to almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts, but find out which is your lover's favorite one and use that.

Also from Fork Me, Spoon Me
Make Whoopie Pie -- ingredients:
for the "pie":
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk

for the filling:
3 tablespoons butter
2 marshmallows
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg white
pods scraped from 1 whole vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
For Cookies: Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and egg until fluffy then add the vanilla. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to your mixture then add 1/3 of the buttermilk. Alternate dry ingredients and buttermilk until everything is incorporated.
Drop batter by small mounds onto cookie sheet to form 16 rounded cookies. Bake for 12-15 minutes until centers are firm.
For filling: Melt butter with marshmallows over low heat. Remove from heat and stir remaining ingredients into the white cream. Beat until fluffy.
Spread the filling between two cookies to make cream-filled sandwiches.

The main dish for my loving couple was fresh spring rolls with chili-ginger dipping sauce. Of course, I can't find the recipe now that I really need it, but I do know that the spring rolls were made with chrysanthemums in them, along with shrimp, bell peppers, and bean sprouts. It was the dipping sauce that made all the difference. LOL

The other two books that assisted in my research were: The Seduction Cookbook by Diane Brown and The New Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge.

If I run across the spring rolls and dipping sauce recipes, I'll be sure to post them!

Have a fun and sexy Valentine's Day!

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