Romantic Recipes for Couples

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Romantic Recipes for Couples

No Comments 28 July 2011

The fun is in cooking and eating together. We draw up a list of interesting and easy-to-make recipes for a romantic dinner

Baby Tomato Gazpacho With An Asparagus Flan

(Chilled soup of ripened baby tomatoes with an asparagus accompaniment)

Serves: Two

Time required: 20 minutes

For The Gazpacho :

500 g ripened baby tomatoes, 1 small clove garlic, 1 small red bell pepper, 1 tsp olive oil, salt to taste, a few fresh basil leaves, 20 ml white wine

For The Asparagus Flan :

a small bundle fresh asparagus, 100 g carrots, a few sprigs parsley, 1 tsp gelatin, 20 ml eggless mayo

For The Gazpacho :

Cut the tomatoes and set aside the pulp and seeds. Mix together the rest of the gazpacho ingredients with the chopped tomatoes in a blender. Puree the mixture until smooth and then strain into a glass bowl. Also strain the seeds and pulp onto the cold soup. Chill and serve.

For The Asparagus Flan :

Blanch the asparagus in hot salted water, refresh and cut off the hard stalks. Puree half the quantity and set aside. Dice the carrots, parsley and a few asparagus tips. Set aside. Soak the gelatin and then melt in a double boiler. Mix the mayo with the puree and the vegetables. Fold in the gelatin and chill. Put this mixture into a small flan tin and leave to set.

To serve the Gazpacho :

Unmould the flan in a soup plate. Pour the chilled gazpacho around the flan and serve.

Note: Use ripe red tomatoes only. After adding the gelatin do not whisk too hard as it may curdle.

Flamed Prawns In Liqueur Butter

(Prawns pan grilled and served coated with a butter sauce laced with Cointreau)

Serves: Two

Time required: 20 minutes

6 large prawns

100 ml orange juice

1 small piece cinnamon

50 g butter

a pinch of brown sugar

10 ml Cointreau (An orange flavoured liqueur)

10 ml white wine

salt and pepper to taste

Clean and devein the prawns. Set aside.

For The Liqueur Butter:

Heat the orange juice in a heavy bottom pan and reduce to one-fourth. Add the stick of cinnamon and the sugar to it. Cube some of the butter and add slowly to the orange mixture. Remove from heat and add the Cointreau after it cools.

In a pan, heat the remaining butter and sauté the prawns. Season and increase heat. Flame the prawns with the white wine.

To assemble, place each prawn in one China soup spoon and pour some Cointreau butter over it. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Note: Never overcook prawns as they will harden. This starter can also be served on a toothpick with a skewered mint leaf.

Aubergine Tzatziki

(Greek salad made with crispy fried aubergine layered with yoghurt)

Serves: Two

Time required: 15 minutes

200 g aubergine

(eggplant/ brinjals)

150 g yoghurt

a small clove garlic

salt to taste

a few sprigs mint

(about 10 leaves)

oil for frying

a pinch of sesame seeds

Slice the aubergine in rounds evenly. Sprinkle with salt and drain out the excess water.

For the Tzatziki dressing, whisk the yoghurt with a pinch of garlic and salt and chill. Clean the mint leaves. Set aside. Heat the oil and fry the aubergine until crisp. Drain on paper to remove any excess oil. Assemble the salad by alternating layers of aubergine with mint leaves and the chilled yoghurt dressing. Garnish with sesame seeds and mint leaves and serve.

Note: Add salt to the aubergine before frying, as this is the only way it will be crisp. Cut the aubergine into even thickness to enjoy the salad.

Whole Cantonese Style Steamed Fish

(Whole fish marinated in Cantonese spices and steamed in banana leaves)

Serves: Two

Time required: 35 minutes plus standing time

400 g Rawas/ any medium-sized firm fish

For the Marinade:

1 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp soya sauce

2 tsp oyster sauce

2 bird’s eye chillies

1 star anise

1 tsp sesame oil

salt to taste

50 g carrots

a few sprigs celery

a small piece fresh ginger

banana leaves for steaming

Clean the gut and gash the fish. Mix in all the ingredients to form the marinade. Set aside. Julienne the carrot, celery and ginger and add to the marinade. Mix well. Place the fish in a steaming tray and cover both sides with the marinade mix. Let it stand for at least two hours. Wrap the fish in the banana leaves. When ready to serve steam the fish in a wok or a bamboo steamer for approximately 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked.

To make the serving sauce, remove the jus of the steamed fish and thicken with a pinch of corn flour. Serve hot garnished with parsley or coriander.

Note: If the fish is too large to handle cut it into portions. While steaming, ensure that the boiling water doesn’t come in contact with the item being steamed.

Balinese Clay Pot Curry

(Red Balinese curry soured with tamarind)

Serves: Two

Time required: 30 minutes

50 g green brinjals

50 g baby corn

50 g broccoli

1/4 packet mushrooms or flat mushrooms

10 g or 1-2 fresh red chillies

1 small clove garlic

a small piece ginger

5 g basil leaves

2 tsp oil

100 ml coconut milk

1 tsp tamarind pulp

lemon grass and a few coriander stalks for the garnish

Cut all the vegetables into cubes and blanch in salted water. Quarter the mushrooms and sauté. Set aside.

For the curry paste, dry roast the chillies, garlic and ginger in a pan. Add the rest of the ingredients into a blender or a mortar and pestle to obtain a fine paste. Puree the basil leaves and set aside.

Heat the oil in a flat-bottomed vessel and add the paste. Fry the paste over low heat and then add the coconut milk, basil puree and tamarind pulp. Simmer the curry for 10 minutes.

When ready to serve, add the blanched vegetables. Garnish with sliced lemon grass and coriander stalks. Serve with steamed rice.

Note: Use very little water when extracting coconut milk, as this will keep it creamy. Always add vegetables to a dish just before serving, as this will keep them crisp and they will retain their original colour.

Dacquoise Of Fresh Strawberry

(Fresh strawberries served on meringue with cream)

Serves: Two

Time required: 20 minutes

25 g ready meringues

1 box strawberries

25 g whipped cream

50 g fresh strawberry jam

sugar to taste

Rinse the strawberries in cold water and pat dry. Slice them and flambé in sugar. Lay a bed of the ready meringue and layer with the jam, flambéed strawberries, and whipped cream. Garnish the strawberry meringue with fresh strawberries and chill the dessert in the refrigerator.

Note: Use meringue, which is crisp, and in humid weather store the strawberries in an airtight container. Use sweet and succulent strawberries.

 

For Better Sex: Lose Weight !

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For Better Sex: Lose Weight !

No Comments 22 July 2011

A balanced diet is important for sexual wellness. Following these basic steps will start you on the path to optimum sexual vitality.

Extra Weight Inhibits Your Sex Life

Extra weight too, can inhibit one’s sex life in many ways. It makes movement difficult and also leads to many associated clinical conditions that impair sexual function. A high-fat diet often leads to heart disease and poor cardiovascular function. Clogged arteries prevent adequate blood flow from reaching the genital region, which interferes with sexual pleasure and ability to perform. The easiest way to cut fat is to:
• Reduce your intake of processed, pre-packaged foods. Keep in mind that even the natural fat found in foods like avocados and nuts is better for you than the man-made fats.
• Avoid fried foods like French fries, puris, bhajias, sweetmeats, etc.
• Order salads with low fat dressing.
• Start eating more ‘whole-foods’ – fresh fruits, vegetables and grains.
• Reduce your visits to fast food joints and specialty restaurants.

High Cholesterol = Sexual Dysfunction

While almost all of the clinical studies connecting cholesterol to sexual dysfunction have been conducted on men, there is some evidence to suggest that the same correlation may hold true for women, too. Blood flow into the vagina and clitoris results in lubrication and engorgement.
Cholesterol culprits include egg yolks (two to three eggs per week should be fine; try using more whites and fewer yolks), butter, cream, red meats (especially bacon, ham, salami and fatty cuts of beef and pork) and palm or coconut oils.
A diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables not only lowers cholesterol levels, but also supplies nutrients for sexual fitness.

Nuts and Seeds For Great Sex

They will add both fibre and complex carbohydrates to your diet. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and contribute to improved sexual fitness. In addition, wholegrains tend to be more filling, which can aid in weight management. Reduce your intake of refined pasta, macaroni, flours like rava and maida, and bread products. Choose a whole-wheat bread/bran bread over a plain white one, brown rice over white rice and whole-wheat or another whole-grain cereal for breakfast instead of cornflakes.

Fight PMS With Soya

Soya products are particularly healthy. They are low in fat and excellent sources of protein, fibre and iron as well as many vitamins and minerals. The phytoestrogens in soya appear to combat symptoms of PMS and menopause, particularly hot flushes.

Overcome Addiction To Enjoy Sex

Intake of excessive amounts of alcohol and certain drugs impairs sexual function. A little alcohol helps to loosen any kind of inhibition but too much can become a sedative. Barley, ginseng and spirulina might help to overcome addiction and help you enjoy better sex.

Spice Up Your Life

Certain spices can contribute directly and indirectly to sexual pleasure and performance.
Chilli peppers stimulate the nervous system, causing us to sweat, our faces to flush, and our heart rates to rise, simulating the effects of sexual arousal.
Ginger has long been considered a sexual stimulant and overall tonic for general health. Because it stimulates the metabolic system, ginger warms the body, which may explain why it is used as a sexual aid. It increases the blood flow to the genitals in both men and women.
Garlic may prevent and even reduce the build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries, thereby improving cardiovascular health. Good circulation plays a key role in sexual fitness by ensuring that the sex organs are amply supplied with blood.
Cloves warm the body and increase the blood flow to the extremities.

Eat Foods That Stimulate

Certain foods play an important role during the seduction act and can be consumed as desired.
Bananas contain a chemical that reportedly has a mood-lifting effect on the brain and raises self-confidence.
Carrots: Their phallic appearance and a high fibre content may induce sexual desire.
Shrimps have high iodine content, which is vital to the thyroid gland, which in turn, is vital for energy.
Chocolate provides a jolt of caffeine. It is a food for seduction that offers visual stimulation.
Tomatoes, also known as love apples, have a reputation for being sexual stimulants.
Apples are synonymous with temptation.
Asparagus is the most seductive food. You can even make eating one, fun! Start nibbling at it from one end and ask your partner to start from the other, and meet in the middle. It is a long sexy phallic looking food, rich in potassium, phosphorous, calcium and Vitamin E that can aid in hormone production and raise energy levels.
Olives, the green variety, make men more virile whereas the black variety increases the sex drive in women.
Other foods that join this list include champagne, caviar and ice cream.
To optimise your sex life, follow a diet that keeps your blood sugar level even and provides plenty of arginine, zinc and omega-3 fats.
• Avoid sugar and sugary snacks
• Reduce your intake of stimulants – tea, coffee, chocolate, excessive alcohol and cigarettes.
• Increase your intake of nutrient-rich foods – fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, seeds and wheat germ.
• Fish, turkey, chicken, beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are especially rich in Arginine.
• Eat tuna, mackerel, herring or salmon three times a week.
• Eat oysters – they are packed full of zinc (and great for men)
• Eat seeds and nuts. The best seeds are flax, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame.
• Use cold-pressed seed oils. Choose an oil blend containing flaxseed oil or hemp oil for salad dressings and cold uses, such as drizzling on vegetables instead of butter.
• Minimise your intake of fried foods, processed foods and saturated fats from meat and dairy.

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