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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


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

  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

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

  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

  • 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
  • 10 fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • Pinch of sea salt

  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 
  • 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
  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

  • 2 cups Almonds
  • 3 Tbs. Pure Honey
  • 1 Tbs. Earth Balance-Butter
  • Pinch of cinnamon * optional
  • Multi-Grain Mini Loaf buns
  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!!!!
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 will you excuse me, I need a NAP!Lol! ^_^
I wish you Fantastic Holiday Season!!!
Your Friend,


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  1. Oh wow! This menu is and looks amazing... and quite tasty too! Three things I really love:
    1) the presentation on your main course. It looks like out of a fine restaurant!
    2) your glazed carrots, so pretty and bright!
    3) the idea of sweet almond paste in multi-grain sweet rolls. It sounds fabulous.
    The aphrodisiac ingredients are an extra bonus :)

  2. Great job, Sandra...isn't 24x24 fun? I'm saving this menu for NY's just a few days after my actual anniversary (12/27), and all these foods will definitely set the right kind of mood!!

  3. @Claudie, Awww thank you sweetie so so very much! You made me blush with your comment!!! I appreciate it very much!

  4. @Wendy, Thank you so much, I hope you do try is simple, yet full of flavor all around!! Thanks again!!

  5. this is so much fun, I enjoyed it!

  6. Very nicely done! I did a post on these but added scallops in the mix... yours is fun and glad you made FB 24x24 great job and congrats~

  7. @ Tamara, thank you, glad you enjoyed this post!

    @Claudia, I am not big fan of scallops but I know that they are aphrodisiac food! Thanks for your support!

  8. That's a lovely menu :) I love the Fennel with Italian sausages and the Chocolate mousse dessert. Will bookmark these for our family gathering.
    Thanks for sharing Sandra :)

  9. You definitely know how to steal someone-s heart though food! You definitely rocked this 24X24!

  10. You did an INCREDIBLE job Sandra! Wow! Your husband must have had a blast being pampered by you like that. What a great meal, all delicious aphrodisiacs. Great post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend love =]

  11. Thanks for sharing this lovely menù Sandra,looks amazing !xoxo

  12. Sandra, what a wonderful 24 x 24! Such a culinary treat for both you and your everything looks amazing!!

  13. @Ann, so glad that you are bookmarking..thank you for visiting again!

    @Roxy, my dear friend, thank you..we girls from Balkan tent to do that right? *wink! :))) Thanks for stopping by!

    @Kym, Thank you sweetie, you always have something encouraging to say, and thank you for you support!!

  14. @ Chiara, thank you so much..I tried, and gave my best!:))

    @Lizzy, hello my sweet friend, thank you for this comment and for visiting me again! hugs to you!!!

  15. What a beautiful job you did with this blog post. The pictures and recipes are truly fantastic, and I love the story of how you were inspired to write it!

  16. Tvoj post je fantastičan, od svega po malo, divno!

    Lijep pozdrav:)

  17. Dear Sandra, Congratulations on being on 24x24 ! This post is incredible and just loved all your recipes, basil tea will be on my top list. Thankyou so much for stopping by my space, regards, sonia

  18. @Kristi, Thank you sweetie for stopping by, and for your comment!

    @Zondra, Hvala puno!

    @Sonia, Thanks for checking out my 24x24..I liked your too! Have a wonderful week ahead!

  19. Sandra,First of all congratulations on 24x24. Your romantic meal is a real feast to my eyes. I am scrolling up and down to check which one should I write about. Everything looks so appetizing. My favorite glazed carrots and chocolate mousse. the foccacia bread is nicely done I could just sense the aroma of baked bread. I am adding your site to my blogroll for updates and keeping in touch.

  20. Thank you Neetu so much..I am so glad that you like it! also thank you for your wonderful comment!

  21. What an absolutely fantastic meal! I enjoyed it virtually from start to finish! You definitely met the challenge and it looks like you and all of you family thoroughly enjoyed it!

  22. congrats on the 24 x 24 lovely post :) mousse and the meal looks fabulous

  23. gorgeous Sandra! No wonder your marriage is going strong not very many ladies are gonna prepare this beautiful a meal just to get the jets going. Though I don't know how I could manage to do anything but take a nap after such a feast lol. Beautiful meal my dear. Well done!

  24. Oh wow Sandra! The menu looks simply delish. What an amazing holiday cook out for two. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Thanksgiving, though I am slightly late. Till then, huggss, Jo

  25. That bread looks amazing. I should bookmark this for if and when I need to make a romantic meal. LOL, hopefully sooner rather than later. =) Great 24x24!

  26. @mj..thank you so much! I appreciate your comment very much!

    @Torviewtoronto,I am so glad that you liked it! Thank you!

    @Kim, lol! You are so funny, thank you so very much for kind words sweetie..You made me blush for sure! Oh hehe I try to keep the fire burnin' and what better way than through food!:)))

  27. @Jo, hehe you are not late..I know it wasn't Thanksgiving dinner, it was rather after Thanksgiving, but it was like holiday meal to us:)) Thank you for stopping by!

    @ Lindselicious, Thank you so much..I hope you give it try, yeah better sooner than later lol!!! :)

  28. I think sometimes the best "date nights" are the ones where my husband and I cook a romantic meal together. This looks great! I don't know which of these dishes is my favorite, they all look sooo good!

  29. Sandra, congratulations on the 24x24. What a feast of love! If I served this to hubby, he'd marry me all over again. Lovely to hear you're both so madly in love - and no wonder with what you serve him! Foccaccia and these chocolate puddings - everything. Hm. May have to avoid some of these items this week, though. Hubby away all week on biz so best I don't get the buzz ;-))
    Fabulous feast!

  30. Congratulations on being chosen for this month's 24x24! I know how much work and passion goes into this event. This is a very creative idea and you pulled it off. The pictures are out of this world, and I hope you got some well deserved rest after this one. Kudos!

  31. wow! Absolutely gorgeous meal, and what a cool 24x24 topic! ;)
    I'm especially drooling over the foccacia and the mousse dishes. Mmmm. Well, I hope you had a great end to the evening ;)

  32. What a stunning menu you created. I love the bread - the basil pesto looks so bright and appetizing on top. You are an incredible cook.

  33. Wow, what a fabulous, impressive, romantic meal! I am blown away!!! All these recipes look amazing. Great job!

  34. @momdecuisine, I love those date night too:)) thanks for the visit!

    @Jill, :)) Better not if he is away lol, but you could surprise him when he get back!:)) Thanks sweetie for stopping by!

    @Sandra, Thank you so very much..I appreciate your comment and your constant support!

    @Kiri, Thank you! I am so happy that you liked my focaccia!:)

    @ bananamondaes, Thank you very much..I am so glad that you liked it!

    Thank you all so so so very much!!!! hugs to all!!!

  35. Sandra, what a lovely romantic date night meal, it all looks stunning. Congrats on the 24x24. Cheers and have pleasant week.

  36. @ Katherine, Thank you sweetheart so very much!!!xoxo

    @Suzi, Thank you hon, you have a great week too! hugs

  37. I will do the sausage, potatoes, fennel on Wednesday. I will send you my address for your next 24x24 in case you want to invite me. Beautiful posting!

  38. @Claudia, hahaha, we can do movie night..well can't say with what kind of food, it wouldn't be a surprise :)) Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  39. Ha! Love the idea of a whole meal devoted to aphrodisiacs. Great work! Buzzed.

  40. Sandra,
    Your main dish looks amazing and totally fits your purpose of easy/affordable. Love it. And I want to make that focaccia tonight. You make it all look easy!

  41. This is such an awesome 24x24!! I definitely bookmarking this one too! ;)

  42. Beautiful!!!! That basil paste and focaccia... oh my!!!!!!

  43. Wow, the photographs, the menu everything looks fabulous! Very impressive!

  44. @ Carolyn, Thank you so much sweetie!!!xoxo

    @Pamela, I appreciate your comment very much, and hope you do make it tonight! thank you!:)

    @ Elyse, I hope that you do try some of them!Thank you!:)

    @ Becka, Thank you hon!xoxo

    @Asmita, Thank you, glad that you liked it!!!

  45. Beautiful post, and everything looks utterly delicious :)

  46. I wish I could have eaten this meal Sandra! What a spread (no pun intended...well maybe it was). Everything is gorgeous and just dripping with flavor. I am so impressed! Congrats on being selected but oh my, what a lot of work.

  47. Great job with this month's 24x24! Your hubby is quite the lucky man =)

  48. Oh my, what a feast! Everything looks so inviting, I'm sure I'll be dreaming about the chocolate mousse tonight! :)

  49. This looks INCREDIBLE Sandra! I'm definitely making some of these delicious recipes for me and my husband :)

  50. What a fun theme--and a great-looking meal!

  51. Well done. Congrats on Foodbuzz 24x24!

  52. Hi Sandra! Wow this is a fun concept. This morning I just learned the word "aphrodisiac" too. Waking up your animal senses. You are so hilarious. LOL! I didn't know all these history and facts and it was definitely fun reading. Gorgeous meals and I enjoyed "eating" your meals with my eyes. Will buzz your 24x24!

  53. @Racheal, thank you so much!!

    @Geni, oh it wasn't Very hard if we do it with love it's very easy lol!! THANK you so much for you visit :))

    @Peggy, yes he is saying every day how lucky he is!! Lol! Thanks for your visit!!!

    @ Gourmantine, let me know how your dream ended:)) Hope it's good one!:)) Thank you sweetie for stopping by!

    @ Krissy, thank you for stopping by, I hope you try making some for him..I think you both would like it!

    @ Cucina49 & Christine, Thank you ladies so very much!

    @Nami, glad that you learned something from me...I know I wrote about animal, than deleted than wrote it back again..I am so glad that you enjoyed this 24x24!!

  54. Sandra, you did an INCREDIBLE job with this meal! Everything looks so pretty and delicious! Perfect for a date night!

  55. Sandra.....
    Trust me with that meal any living species will be way out of control in every manner... ;-)
    Beautiful.. God this is a kind of meal which speaks for itself...

  56. @ Stephanie, Thank you so very much for your kind comment and for stopping by too!xoxo

    @Dulce Dough, Thanks sweetie!!

    @Reem, Awww thank you so made me laugh with your comment :))) Thank you for visit sweetheart!!xoxo

  57. You can't see me right now but I'm bowing Wayne's World style. "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!"
    This is truly beautiful my dear, it's just a stunning display of food. You never cease to amaze me.

  58. Aw! Well it's close enough to your Nov. 12th anniversary that we'll count it. I had no idea about carrots... hmmm...

  59. always but always menage to make me laugh! Thank you for stopping by..:))

    @Jen, Well wishing you early Happy Anniversary :)) hope this menu make even more sparks:)))Thank you sweetie!

  60. Wow! I definitely enjoyed reading and drooling over your scrumptious meal! Everything look so amazingly delicious! I can see why your hubby is so in love with you, you fed him well! lol! I must learn from you:)

  61. Focassia, chocolate mousse,... what a treat. I was just telling my husband that day about aphrodisiac food, he didnt believe me. lol I ll show him all this! ;)

  62. Pffffth! Like you NAPPED after that. More like bow chicka wow wow :) This menu is incredible! Totally romantic and fantastic. I'm gonna have to bookmark this for our next anniversary!

  63. @Jeannie, Awww thank you so much for your kind words:)xoxo

    @ Helene, After researching many, many sites I found out about all that too..Thank you for stopping by!

    @ Parsley Sage, You got me laughing so hard this morning...You know that you right :)))) Thanks sweetie for visiting me today!:))

  64. Sandra, what an amazing menu. Everything is mouth watering worthy. Four thumbs up, I know only have two but I borrowed two from my Quay Lo. hehe

  65. Fabulous post! WOW. Your foccacia is gorgeous. Great photos.

  66. WOW!! You truly out did yourself, this looks incredible! Wonderful recipes and gorgeous photos, perfection! :)

  67. This looks fabulous! Great job... Well Done!!

  68. Congratulations on another perfect 24x24 presentation, Sandra! I love the idea of aphrodisiac food! Thumbs up to you!

  69. Hi sweet friend! Wow! What a meal...what a great post! I wish I was going home to make these dishes instead of heading off to class. Thank you for sharing...and congratulations on getting the opportunity to do this. Hugs and love!

  70. What a fantastic post Sandra...great menu and job with the 24x24!

  71. @Veronica, Thank you sweetie so very much..You made me smile as always!:))

    @Dara, Thank you very much for your comment and for stopping by!

    @Kelly, Why thank you fab girl!!

    @Aimee, Oh thank you, you are awesome!

    @Tina, Hi hon..thank you for your kind comment!

    @Monet, Hi sweet friend, Thank you so much for your comment and for your visit today!

    @Alisha, Thank you sweetheart so very much!!

  72. What a motivating post ;-), I never knew that basil has such interesting properties.... and I would never think of making tea from dried basil - definitely something to try! And that chooclate mousse with pudding...
    Beautiful post with gorgeous photos, I am a fan and am going to look for a way to subscribe to your blog. Will be coming agian soon!

  73. Anniversaries, birthdays are the obvious occasions in relationships but it's more important - we think- to celebrate the every day moments we share together. We fell in love at first sight as well and have had 16 really wonderful years together by really remembering how special it is to be together every day. Love your selection of recipes and the info accompanying. Super post, Sandra, your husband's a lucky man!

  74. @ Cooking Rookie, Thank you very much..and welcome to my site!! Have a lovely day!

    @ Cheryl and Adam, Yes, that is so true..we should take a moment and enjoy and celebrate every day! Thank you so much for kind comment and for your visit!!!

  75. Sandra this looks amazing! ESPECIALLY the carrots! <3

  76. @Jenn, Thank you sweetie and as for carrots got to tell you that they were pretty tasty, and they take less than 10 minutes..hope you try it!

  77. What a gorgeous stimulating meal and photos. Lovely presentation. too. I can see why you needed a nap;)

  78. Simply fantastic! I think I shall grab the chocolate mousse and call it an evening after getting all worked up over this meal, he he. I have a give-away, come by and enter. Hope you had a great holiday.

  79. @ Becky, :)) Thank you so much...well after this meal and rainy day, no kids at home..well nap was calling my name:))

    @Gina, sweet Gina, how are you?
    Thank you for letting me know about your giveaway...I am heading your way right now and share it with my twitt' family!:)))
    Thank you for your kind comment..I read it between the lines hehehe..Thanks sweetie for stopping by!!!xoxo

  80. Beautiful work, Sandra! Your pics are really beautiful. Thank you so much for the visit and your nice comment :)

  81. Sandra-I've been so caught up in my little corner of the world that I didn't get a chance to check out your amazing 24x24 project, that is so well put together. The menu is superb, and the desserts are to "die" for gorgeous!
    Love the photos, the PROPS, so elegantly put together, in impeccable good taste!
    Those lovely carrots with the honey glaze, and the chocolate mousse really caught my attention!
    Congratulations my dear, you out-did and out-shined yourself!!!

    (I must put your blog on my sidebar list, so not to miss your latest posts.)

  82. WOW Sandra this meal looks amazing! Everything looks so elegant. I need to make something like this for my hubby….soon…very soon =)

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  83. Sandra, you did a fantastic job with this!! Everything looks amazing, wonderful recipes & gorgeous photos!

  84. Absolutely, positively STUNNING! What a great menu and your pictures are drool worthy!

  85. Thanks for that information. It's very usefull for us.

  86. Goodness, this is incredible! What a wonderful menu, it all looks and sounds amazing!

  87. i found ur post very informative !! thnkx n keep up the good work !!

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