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Monday, February 14, 2011

The “Love Foods” Part 2: The Sweets

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A few days ago I shared some aphrodisiac savories with you. Now, for the sweets!

It is not a big secret that chocolate is linked to love. There are not many women I know that don’t get a bit giddy when presented with chocolate. Making sure that it is on the menu as part of your Valentine’s dessert will most likely create some good memories. The great news for us is that chocolate has gone beyond the link to romance in the past years and nestled safely into the arms of science.

It turns out that a small amount of dark chocolate in our diets is actually good for us. (I’m waiting for the day they say that about French Fries). Chocolate contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine, which gives you a sense of well being and excitement similar to the natural high of endorphins. There are more antioxidants in chocolate than in red wine. Combining the two can be the secret to passion!

If you have a little time to invest into your dessert I would suggest you make a Chocolate Lava Cake. There are many recipes on the internet. Todd English has my favorite. The key is to not overcook it and serve it warm with vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream.

This will be sure to win you some points, and if you are the one making it you may just fall in love with yourself, it’s that good.

A few other additions to the Valentine’s dessert menu that will keep things interesting are bananas, almonds and honey.

Bananas have a phallic shape, and are considered one of the most popular aphrodisiac foods used to stimulate sexual desire and increase sexual powers. Bananas also contain potassium and B vitamins which are essential for sex hormone production.

Throughout the ages, the almond has been a symbol of fertility. Some believe that the aroma stimulates passion in a female.

Honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone.

Making a dessert with bananas is quick, easy and delicious. Cut your banana in half-length wise. If you have some dark rum, pour that over the bananas. Then take a few tablespoons of brown sugar and add a teaspoon of cinnamon. Coat the top of the banana with the sugar mix. Put the bananas under a broiler on high right before you are ready to serve. When the top becomes bubbly, remove, and serve with chocolate ice cream, a drizzle of honey and chopped almonds. This is beyond a banana split.

I started testing these recipes out over this past weekend at my restaurant, and I have to say, there was a lot of cupid eyes shooting back and forth across the tables… are you willing to give it a try?

Until next time, stay fresh and delicious!

~ Chef Domenica

Posted by: Chef Domenica Catelli at 3:15 pm

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