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Aphrodisiacs that really work > Recipes I May 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.

APERITIF > Pomegranate Passion, will get your evening off to a merry start. However, you don’t have to feel too guilty about enjoying this tipple as it is packed full of vitamins and uses a low calorie Champagne, a notorious aphrodisiac, and healthy sugar alternative.

Ingredients >
50ml vodka
20ml framboise
20ml lemon juice
8/10 fresh raspberries
Seeds from a pomegranate
1 tbsp Perfect Sweet (use instead of sugar as it contains 40 per cent less calories, and has a GI value of just 7)
30ml Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne (30 fewer calories per glass than normal champagne)

Method >
Muddle fruit. Add all other ingredients except Champagne. Shake and strain over crushed ice into a highball. Top with Champagne. Garnish with raspberry and pomegranate seeds.

STARTER > Oysters with a shallot and red wine vinaigrette. These succulent molluscs are the classic aphrodisiac. Raw oysters are very high in zinc, which raises testosterone production, thus increasing libido. Like some fish, oysters are high in omega-3 fatty acids, considered to increase one’s overall well-being, and are associated with a whole host of health benefits. The vinaigrette contains red wine vinegar, which has the same benefits as red wine for cardiovascular health.

Ingredients > Serves 2
6 oysters
For the shallot and red wine vinaigrette:
65ml/2 fl. oz cup of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoons of finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoons of Dijon style mustard
195ml/6 fl. oz cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method >
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, shallots and mustard. Slowly add oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly until mixture is emulsified. Open up the oysters and pour away most of the liquid. Add a drizzle of vinaigrette to each oyster and enjoy!

MAIN COURSE > Lobster and Asparagus Alfredo. For elegance and passion, lobster is a great food as it is classy and will certainly impress your other half. We’ve teamed it with asparagus in this dish, which will seduce the palate with its elegant shape and delicate taste. Asparagus is a strong source of folic acid, potassium, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin so it is packed full of goodness. Very low in fat and high in protein lobster contains selenium, thought to have cancer-fighting properties, and like fish is high in Omega 3.

Ingredients > Serves 2
125g /4 oz fettuccine or tagliatelle
63g/2 oz asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
63g/2 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon of butter
94g/3 oz cooked lobster meat, cut into bite-size pieces
80ml/2 fl.oz light single cream
47g/1 oz of shredded Parmesan cheese
Pinch of coarsely ground black pepper
Dash of ground nutmeg
Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
Green salad

Method >
Cook the fettuccine or tagliatelle according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large pan, fry the asparagus and mushrooms in butter for five minutes or until just tender. Add lobster and light cream; heat through. Add cooked pasta to the pan. Then add Parmesan cheese, a pinch of pepper, and the nutmeg. Toss until pasta is coated. If necessary, cook for two to three minutes until sauce is desired consistency. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with additional pepper, if desired, and serve with a green salad.

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