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aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine's Day fete
Mandy Karls | 1 2 3 4
Don't wait around for
Cupid to take charge this February. With a little imagination Aphrodite
can help you stir things up on your own.
Greek goddess of love has lent her name to numerous substances
historically purported to affect our amorous desires. Although
aphrodisiacs are commonly thought of as things that can be eaten
or otherwise ingested, their efficacy ultimately depends on perception,
not digestion. In addition to the tastes, textures and smells
of certain foods, the human brain responds to a variety of stimuli.
Take advantage of this mind-body connection and follow this simple
guide for planning a party that is sure to appeal to all the
The month of February is historically associated with conspicuous
consumption and raucous revelry. Rich food and fine wine plays an
essential role in most any Valentine's Day date, while Mardi Gras
(which almost always occurs in the month of February) provides one
last splurge before the Lenten fast. The ancient Romans also found
cause to feast during "Lupercalia," a celebration of fertility
and sensual pleasure that took place each February 15th.
Aphrodisiac foods range from the simplistically suggestive to the ridiculously
bizarre. While ground rhinoceros horns and fresh snake blood have been
among the most coveted aphrodisiacs, endangered species do not exhaust
the list of eligible edibles. Spicy foods like chilies have been recognized
for their ability to mimic physical responses to other types of corporal
stimulation. Similarly, foods such as asparagus and bananas have been prized
for their visual likeness to certain body parts. Other foods and spices
that have been thought to arouse more just our appetites include figs,
oysters, berries, almonds, honey, chocolate, avocado, cherries, coffee,
ginger, garlic, mustard, basil, cloves, and vanilla.
nibbles that feature aphrodisiac ingredients. For a simple spread
of no-fuss fare, offer roasted almonds, chocolate covered-coffee
beans, baklava, rum-soaked cherries, gingersnaps and strawberries
with Flameless Chocolate Fondue. Provide a great conversation
starter for your guests by placing a brief description next to
each offering indicating its prurient properties.
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