As the old adage goes, the best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach! So this Valentine’s Day, what romantic recipes and tips and tricks can you use for a truly memorable date night? Here’s our top choices!
Where better to introduce foods rich in aphrodisiacs than on Valentine’s Day? Aphrodisiac foods are foods that bring about feelings of desire, as they trigger certain hormones. Some popular aphrodisiac foods include:
- Oysters – these are one of the most famous aphrodisiacs, as they are full of amino acids, which release love hormones.
- Avocado – one of the most historic aphrodisiacs (reportedly used by the Aztecs!) has high levels of vitamin E which is good for preserving energy levels and youthfulness.
- Chocolate – know for its smooth texture and rich sensuous taste, dark chocolate releases the pleasure hormone, dopamine.
- Honey – always wondered where the word ‘honeymoon’ comes from? It’s a reference to an alcoholic drink made from honey that’s given to newlyweds. Honey itself is filled with boron, which encourages increased energy levels and maintains testosterone and estrogen levels.
Mood Food Recipes
Starter: Fig and Basil Goat’s Cheese Pie
For a small slice of heaven, these mini pies are ideal for Valentine’s Day starters! The perfect mix of sweet and savoury, figs are aphrodisiacs as they’re abundant in antioxidants and potassium – their seeds are even said to portray fertility. These delightful pies take just under an hour to prepare and bake; you can view the full recipe here.
Main Course: Sizzling Fish with Chili, Ginger and Scallion
For delicious fish dripping in tasty oil, this dish is the one. The strips of chili add a superb aroma when poured over the fish, causing it to sizzle. Chili not only evokes a sense of love, thanks to its red colour, but it increases your heart rate and triggers the release of the feel good chemicals, endorphins. The sprinkle of ginger on the fish fillets is an aphrodisiac too, as it speeds up the heart rate (like chili). Serve the fish with white rice. Check out the recipe here.
Dessert: Chocolate Sorbet
With a preparation and cooking time of just 15 minutes, chocolate sorbet is a simple yet tasty treat. Chocolate is actually very good for your health, as it contains antioxidants that boost your immune system. Chocolate also has a good source of phenylethylamine, the “romance chemical”. See the whole recipe here.
Starter: Prawn Cocktail
For a super easy starter, look no further than prawn cocktail! This recipe infuses a seafood mix of crab meat with tiger prawns and brown shrimps, alongside rich flavours of fresh mint, lemon, garlic, and cayenne pepper. The Marie Rose sauce also has an extra punch thanks to a swing of Brandy. Not only do these look impressive, but they taste it! Read the recipe here.
Main: Classic Macaroni Cheese
Macaroni Cheese is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it’s a true hearty dish, and the ultimate comfort food. So what better way to let someone special know how much you love them than serving them a delicious bowl of this? This recipe is relatively quick to make, with a super cheesy homemade sauce and a tasty breadcrumb topping. Add ham or onion for an added pop of flavour. Recipe here.
Dessert: Tiramisu and Honeycomb
Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, surprise your sweetheart with this yummy pudding! A top tip is to prepare and make the tiramisu in advance for the flavours to all saturate into one another. This Tiramisu dish is great for setting the mood, as it contains 5 tablespoons of very strong coffee, which stimulates a faster heart rate and blood flow. Learn how to make this Valentine’s Day dessert here.
Love Bite Cocktail
Much like the heart, this shot has lots of layers! It mixes orange and cherry liqueur with cream. Be sure to use single cream in order to layer the mixture correctly. If you’re feeling extra daring, the key to making a good impression is how the cocktail is poured and served. Learn how to make this drink here.
Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail
Brighten the mood with this pretty cocktail. With a nice medium between the warmer champagne and the icy sorbet, it creates a nice contrast when drunk. Choose between raspberry and passion fruit sorbet and Champagne or prosecco. Find out how to surprise your Valentine here.
A popular choice for the cocktail connoisseur, the Cosmopolitan (made famous by Sex and the City) is simple to make and a fruity favourite. Top tip is to chill your cocktail glass beforehand, as it makes it easier to fill it with ice. Check out the whole recipe here.
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