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Aphrodisiacs that really work > Recipes II May 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.

VEGETARIAN MAIN COURSE > Asparagus and Avocado Wraps. This sumptuous dish blends asparagus and another aphrodisiac, the avocado that has been associated with sexuality throughout history. The Spanish found avocados so obscenely sexy, that Catholic priests forbade them. The creamy fruit has a high content of folic acid, as well as vitamin B6 and potassium, and is said to boost immune function. Use brown basmati rice for this dish as it has the lowest GI score of all the types of rice.

Ingredients > Serves 2
4 asparagus
1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1 tbsp lime juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
125 /4 oz of cooked, cold brown basmati rice
3 tbsp plain, low fat yogurt
3 whole wheat tortillas, 10″ in diameter
a handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
2 tbsp chopped red onion

Method >
In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 2 inches of water to the boil. Steam the asparagus until just tender, about 6 or 8 minutes. Remove the asparagus and immediately rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Drain thoroughly. In a small bowl, mash the avocado, lime juice, and garlic into a coarse puree. In another small bowl, stir together the rice and yogurt to mix well. Heat a dry large frying pan over medium heat. One at a time, heat the tortillas in the pan until softened, about 20 seconds a side. Lay the tortillas flat on a clean work surface. Spread the avocado mixture equally among the tortillas. Top each with an equal amount of the rice mixture, asparagus, coriander and onion. Fold in both sides and the bottom of each tortilla over the filling, then roll to close. If made in advance, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one hour. Return to room temperature before serving. To serve, cut each wrap in half crosswise. Serve with a crisp green salad.

PUDDING > Baked Dark Chocolate Pudding. Sounds very naughty, but there’s good reason for including it. Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine that has a stimulating effect. It also helps the brain produce the feelgood chemical serotonin. Be sure to indulge in high-quality dark chocolate, it contains large amounts of antioxidants, which help combat toxins within your body. If you can find it, try and use brown rice flour it works just as well as plain flour and has more fibre. This sugar-free pudding also uses Perfect Sweet in place of sugar, which has a very low GI value so its energy is released slowly over time.

Ingredients > Serves 2
100g/3oz good dark chocolate (min 60% cocoa)
1 large egg, separated
25g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp Perfect Sweet
1/4 tbsp brown rice flour (plain flour if not), sieved

Method >
Preheat oven to 200C/390F. Butter two small individual souffl’ dishes and set aside. Melt chocolate in large heatproof bowl over hot water, then remove from heat and add in butter, Perfect Sweet and flour. Brown rice flour is used in place of plain flour as it is great for digestion, and tastes just as great. Beat the separated egg yolks and add to mixture, along with vanilla essence. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl and fold into mixture with large metal spoon until thoroughly incorporated. Pour into oven dish and cook until just set (10-15mins), then either serve warm, or allow to cool and reheat. Serve with red fruit coulis and a sprig of mint.

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