Food for lovers: a stimulating meal
Are Pomegranates and Oysters Sexual Stimulants? Casanova and Mme. Pompadour can’t be wrong
How many times have those in love thought of ways to seduce their loved ones into the magic of tender affection?
What better way to enhance this magic than to serve enticing dishes associated, in folklore and occasionally in scientific papers as well, with love and stimulation? The choices are many: avocados, bananas, chickpeas, fish, honey, oysters, pomegranates, tomatoes and truffles as well as many others.
Among the ancient civilizations of the Middle East, the pomegranate was a symbol of fertility. The Romans believed its ovules to be a sexual stimulant, and in Arabic folklore and poetry this fruit has always been a synonym for the female breast.
Oysters have long been associated with aphrodisiac powers. They are loaded with zinc and this mineral has a positive effect on the libido; hence their association with sex food. Madame Pompadour, the greatest of French mistresses, often dined on seafood as a prelude to l'amour. Casanova, who usually ate 50 oysters for breakfast, firmly believed that fish would increase his sexual powers.
Preparing these two dishes from ingredients with a sexual reputation, even if their aphrodisiac effect remains to be proved, will appeal to many lovers. The effort of cooking, and perhaps the power of suggestion, could go far in helping make your romantic evening satisfying for all involved.
Makes 18 mini pies
For maximum flavour, this divine-tasting open-faced meat pie, a romantic food for a lover's evening, should be served piping hot right out of the oven.
2 pounds frozen pizza dough, thawed or equivalent amount of handmade meat pie dough
1 pound of beef or lamb with some fat, ground or cut into very small pieces
1 cup pomegranate seeds
2 medium sized onions, very finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
4 tablespoons olive oil
Form dough into 18 balls, then cover with a damp cloth and allow to-rest for 1 hour.
In the meantime, make a filling by thoroughly combining the remaining ingredients, then divide filling into 18 parts and set aside.
Roll dough balls into rounds about 5 inches in diameter, then fold and pinch edges to make a raised rim. Spread one part of the filling inside the rim and pat down evenly with fingers, then continue until all the balls are finished.
Place on well-greased cookie trays then bake in a 350 degrees F preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the rims of the circles turn light brown. Remove and brush edges with a little olive oil then serve hot.
Serves 4 to 6
Because they resemble the female sexual organ it is believed oysters arouse the sexual appetite in men.
1 heart romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cucumber about 8 inches long, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1 cup chopped smoked oysters
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
Place the lettuce, cucumber, green onion and oyster in a salad bowl then set aside.
In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients, except the cheese, then stir into the ingredients in the salad bowl. Decorate with the cheese then serve.