Today, we’re turning over the keyboard to a guest blogger, Richard Perkins, owner of Kristos Epicurean Market in Olde Town Arvada, with a delicious-sounding Valentine’s dinner plan that could yield some after-dinner lovin’!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means it’s time to show your loved one just how much you mean to them. What could be more romantic than cooking a gourmet and healthy dinner for your special guy or gal? We’re serving up aphrodisiac-infused dishes sure to turn up the heat in the kitchen and in your hearts!
Appetizer: Avocado Crostini with Lemon and Olive oil
Maybe it is the shape or luxurious mouth feel of avocado, but its aphrodisiac characteristics date back to ancient Aztecs. In fact, Barbara Klein, professor of food and nutrition at the University of Illinois, told the California Avocado Commission that the fruit’s high levels of vitamin E could help keep the spark alive because of its role in maintaining “youthful vigor and energy level.”
This appetizer is so simple, even a novice in the kitchen can whip this up. Cut a ripe avocado into ½ inch wedges and drizzle with high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a squirt of lemon, and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve alongside toasted French bread or Ciabatta and let your loved one spread the avocado on it as they would fresh butter.
Main Course: Grilled Wild Salmon and Asparagus over Dill Infused Pappardelle
Salmon and asparagus—two power-packed aphrodisiacs in one dish! Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which keep intimate moments at their peak.
Lemon and olive oil rubbed salmon filets and phallic-shaped asparagus are seasoned with salt and cracked black pepper, grilled until done. The two ingredients are then placed on a warm bed of fresh (or dried) pasta coated in a shallot, garlic, wine, and cream sauce. Need we say more? Cue the romance!
Dessert: Chocolate Fondue
We think nothing is more romantic than feeding delicious, smooth, sweet chocolate to your loved one. Whether chocolate really has aphrodisiac qualities is still debated in science, according to The New York Times, “The Aztecs may have been the first on record to draw a link between the cocoa bean and sexual desire: the emperor Montezuma was said to consume the bean in copious amounts to fuel his romantic trysts.” Whether psychological or physical effects, we know chocolate is delicious and a great way to end any romantic meal.
Chocolate fondue doesn’t have to be complex either. In a microwave-safe bowl, mix sugar, heavy cream, chocolate, and butter together and microwave for two minutes. Take out of the microwave and give it a quick whisk. Add wine and whisk again. Transfer to a fondue pot with a flame underneath. Slice up some bananas (also an aphrodisiac food), pound cake, and spread some fruit around the pot and you’ve got the perfect vehicles to dip in chocolate—and feed to one another!
We hope these recipes ignite the romance this Valentine’s Day!
Located in pedestrian-friendly historic Olde Town Arvada, Kristos Epicurean Market is a gourmet and healthy lifestyle market offering a wide selection of olive oils, vinegars, meats, cheeses, and gourmet items. The shop sources quality products that meet the needs of a variety of dietary choices and restrictions, including diabetes, celiac disease, gluten-sensitivity, Kosher, and paleo/primal. Shoppers are treated to an in-store tasting experience, sampling products before they buy. To learn more, visit the store at 5760 Olde Wadsworth in Arvada.