Sunday, November 27, 2011

Foodbuzz 24x24:Romantic Meal for Two: Aphrodisiac Foods!


I would like to take this time to thank FoodBuzz for selecting me for this month's 24x24. I said it every time and I will say it again..I am truly honored!
In a short introduction what is 24x24: 24 Featured Publishers selected by FoodBuzz team have 24 hours to post an unforgettable meal/event that they had day before.

Today’s post is all about love and waking up male-female senses with the ingredients that are doing just that for us. Why Aphrodisiac Foods, you might ask? Well, my husband and I met in November, 12 years ago..when I said met, it's more like fell in love. Ever since than, 11 years of marriage, 3 kids later we are still madly in love with each other. I know it is not our wedding anniversary,  but I love to celebrate those simple moments with good dinner, just two of us, and what is better way than to wake up our animal, oops humans senses than with food that will do that for us!
OK! Let's get started with little history about ingredients that bring passion and love!

Almond -A symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female.

Basil -Is said to stimulate THE drive ( you got the point of what) and boost fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.

Carrots- Another good reason to eat carrots--believed to be a stimulant to the male.
Chocolate-The Aztecs referred to chocolate "nourishment of the Gods". The secret for passion is to combine the two.
Fennel-In the 1930's fennel was found to be a source of natural plant estrogen.
Honey- Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey. Lovers on their "Honeymoon" drank it and it was thought to "sweeten" the marriage.
Wine -A glass or two of wine can greatly enhance a romantic interlude. Wine relaxes and helps to stimulate our senses.

*Note: Eat/Drink Responsibly!!!!! *wink-*wink!!



Fennel with Italian sausages, and Rosemary sauteed potato slices





Ingredients:

  • 4 Italian sausages
  • 2 whole Fennel
  • 6 Russet Potatoes
  • 1 Tbs. Rosemary, minced
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil


Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven on 400F(200C)
  2. Wash and slice potatoes;season, sprinkle with minced Rosemary and in the oily baking pan add layer of potatoes.
  3. Add Italian Sausages on top of the potatoes.
  4. Wash Fennel and cut bulbs into half
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and sausages brown. 



Glazed carrots with honey


Glazed carrots with honey

Ingredients:
Adopted from "my recipes"
  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrots 
  • 3 Tbs. minced fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs. pure Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. 
  2. Add carrots; cook for 20 minutes or until tender. 
  3. Drain well. 
  4. Combine minced parsley, orange rind,  salt,  pepper and honey in a bowl and add drained carrots.
  5. Gently toss and serve.


Focaccia with sea salt and homemade basil paste


Focaccia with sea salt and homemade basil paste


Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp. dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  •  4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs.  coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbs. Dry Basil*optional
Topping:
  • 10 fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions: 
  1. Prepare the dough by combining all the ingredients above. Pour water, stir well until you make a dough ball.
  2. Oil the dough ball, cover and let it rise for next 30 minutes.
  3. Once the dough has risen, oil the baking pan and transfer the dough.
  4. Stretch to cover the whole baking pan. 
  5. At this point start preparing the topping which is basil paste. Add all the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until you have creamy paste.
  6. Spread across the stretched dough and sprinkle with pinch of sea salt.
  7.  Dip your fingers in the oil and poke the dough on top.
  8. Preheat the oven on 400F(200C) and until the oven preheats let the focaccia dough rise bit more in the baking pan.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 
Chocolate mousse with chocolate pudding and pebbles


Chocolate mousse with chocolate pudding and pebbles

I saw this recipe for amazing mousse at Lilly's blog @Fuzz free food. I downsized the recipe and used slightly different. I used 1 smaller pack of chocolate pudding.

Serves 4-5 
Ingredients
  • 3oz Chocolate 
  • 6 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 1 small pk. Chocolate pudding-2 cup of cold skim milk
  • 1 Tbs. Chocolate pebbles
Directions:
  1. I used double boiler to melt my chocolate, while that was slowly melting I whipped heavy cream with sugar.
  2. On the other side made pudding as directed on a package
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, gently combine whipped cream with chocolate, and fold. 
  4. Put in the small jars/cups and let it set for next 2 hours.
  5. After is set, add on top chocolate pudding.
  6. Cover it and place in the fridge over night. 
  7. Sprinkle with coco pebbles(cereals) when ready to serve!

It was really hard to turn it over on the plate, but with push here and there and some patching I made it, not as pretty as I would like, but you got the point... I would recommend just to leave it in the cups, or try using a molds.
Recipe is just fantastic, and taste so creamy, smooth and delicious!!!! Check Lilly's blog for her awesome instructions for a mousse! 




Sweet Almond paste in Toasted Multi-Grain Sweet Rolls



Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Almonds
  • 3 Tbs. Pure Honey
  • 1 Tbs. Earth Balance-Butter
  • Pinch of cinnamon * optional
  • Multi-Grain Mini Loaf buns
Directions:
  1. In a food processor add almonds, butter, cinnamon and honey. 
  2. Put about 2 Tbs. in the buns and serve.
  3. It is nutty and delicious if you leave it in the closed container overnight!

Basil Tea

  • 2 cup Boiled Water
  • 2 Tbs. Dry Basil
-Let the dry basil sit in the boiled water for 5 minutes. Drain and pour into cups. We don't drink teas with sugar or honey..but if you wish you can add!
Basil is just amazing herb, not only does it belong in one of the "aphoristic foods" but it is also fantastic for digestion and it is best if you drink it after meal, especially heavier meal! 
By the way..smell and taste is incredible!!!!
~o~o~o~
Later on we had nice toasted Multi-grain rolls stuffed with sweet honey and almond paste and it was served with hot Basil tea. Sun reflection from balcony to my dinning room was so amazing, clouds beautiful and it was perfect dinner end that I enjoyed with love of my life!


I hope you've enjoyed my 24x24! It was terrific dinner and I enjoyed it very much from cooking, of course eating and laughing all evening with my hubs..now will you excuse me, I need a NAP!Lol! ^_^
I wish you Fantastic Holiday Season!!!
Your Friend,

Sandra 







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