In The Mood... For Food: Romantic Food For Valentine's Day
Who would have thought that this zesty citrus could boost a person's love life? The fact is that some chilled lemon water with your Valentine's Day meal is thought to really get the romance going. The reason for this is that lemon helps to aid the liver in functioning at optimal levels and the liver is responsible for the release of hormones -- the sexy ones included.
A bit of buttery garlic loaf never goes amiss at the onset of a meal. If you are both eating it, the garlicky breath situation should not be a problem. It increases libido while lowering the prospect of fatigue -- always a good thing on a romantic night.
Often referred to as "Aphrodite's Nectar", honey has been thought of as a romantic food for centuries. The boron in honey is known to aid in the production of estrogen in women and testosterone in men. In centuries gone by, honey mead was reserved for the bride and groom on their honeymoon as it was thought to increase the desirability of the woman and the stamina of the man.
Of course, the best way to ensure that the mood is appropriately passionate is to create dishes that make a person feel good. Some oysters or prawns with a zingy lemon vinaigrette are the perfect start to a romantic evening while a luscious chocolate mousse with a simple honey cream at the end of the meal is enough to boost anyone's mental state.