Valentine's Day Recipes -
A Romantic Dinner for Two
The Perfect Valentines Day Recipes.
Valentines Day is an annual event that celebrates love and affection. A day on which lovers express their affection by giving flowers, candies, greeting cards and BEST OF ALL, a day to seduce one's mate with culinary concoctions that arouse their amorous side with your Valentines Day Recipes.
To some, Valentine's Day may suggest a romantic dinner by candlelight at your favorite restaurant. To me, it's a time to use alchemy in my own kitchen that magically stirs up passion. Like a sorcerer, creating exotic perfumes of spices and herbs, images of delectable fare and irresistible flavors that tease the senses, especially for a romantic Valentines Day.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf
Valentines Day brings out the passion in all of us. From passing out valentines cards in grade school to preparing romantic Valentines Day recipes for dinner using food considered aphrodisiacs, we happily celebrate Valentines Day.
The use of foods as aphrodisiacs as been around for centuries. And there's no better time than Valentines Day to prepare a meal centered around passion. Some went to quite elaborate rituals for consuming. In Paris during the 17th century some restaurants served menus featuring aphrodisiacs in rooms where the outside of the doors did not have knobs and the dinner table was next to the bed. There's a tale of a Mayan woman, with a less than attentive husband, that was instructed to wear garlands of a particular flower and bathe in scented water by moonlight. She then cooked a dish using the flowers and some of the bath water; whence her husband comes home more ardent than ever.
Ultimately, the secret of these passionate foods does not lie in ingredients, nor in spells or rituals, but in the simple enjoyment that can come form preparing and eating food with zest and fervor. Inhaling the scents of herbs as you crush them, watching shards of dark chocolate melt into a seductive puddle, or letting the juice from the bite of a peach slip down your chin, your appetite for passion will be kindled. Make your Valentine's Day dinner special.
Recipes for a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner
Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Simple and good to share nibbles with your partner in the kitchen while preparing your Valentines Day dinner.
Spicy Shrimp Cocktail - Like other types of seafood, shrimp are a legendary aphrodisiac. Before the dawn of the Roman Empire, Romans and Carthaginians alike favored shrimp as a prelude to lovemaking. Both cities boasting that its shrimp were more delicious AND more effective.
Spiced - Massaged Tuna in Bed with Greens - Apicius, one of ancient Rome's most renowned gourmets, said tuna is a particularly effective "food of love."
Sultry Grilled Asparagus - "Asparagus stirreth up bodily lust in both men and women." - Nicholas Culpepper
Peas from a Perfumed Garden - Make a love potion by cooking green peas and spices.
Assorted Cheeses - The aromas of smoked and pungent cheeses will stir up a lot of senses.
Chocolate Creme Brulee - Chocolate is vital for Valentines Day and this dessert will delight your taste buds.
"Cooking is like love. You do it with abandon or not at all." - Harriet Horne
With care and love, a romantic Valentine's Day dinner can be prepared and served with little effort that can get big results. One of my Valentines Day recipes is to prepare and cook a delicious meal with my favorite guy, Padre.
Set the mood for your romantic Valentines Day dinner. Soften the lights, light candles and play your favorite soft music. Set your table with dishes you don't normally use or place a table clothe on the floor and have a Valentine's Day picnic. Turn off the television and your phone. Toast to your favorite Valentine, eat with zest then relax and let love take its course.
No matter if your Valentines Day recipes consists of heart-shaped meatloaf and red jello or a Chateaubriand and Strawberry Cream Crepes, prepare it with love and care and you will have a delicious meal to share with your loved one(s).
So what are your Valentines Day Ideas? Romantic dinner? Or a simple, heart-shaped meatloaf? Either way...do it with love.
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
and therefore is winged cupid painted blind."
- William Shakespeare
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