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In the Mood for Love? Try These 5 Recipes With 'Aphrodisiacs'
  • Aphrodisiacs: they say these are foods that can…give a little more spice to your love life. Although research has proven them mostly ineffective (but “preliminary evidence is slightly more encouraging” for women, says Mayo Clinic), it can't hurt to try, right? Plus, you'll get a delicious dinner out of it so, who knows, it may just get you a little more luck in the bedroom. Here are some thought-to-be aphrodisiacs and the recipes you can make with them:

    1. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon with Fresh Oyster Gravy

    Oyster has long been touted as an aphrodisiac. What they are though is rich in zinc, a nutrient that was once lacking in a lot of people's diet, says WebMD. Eating oysters could have therefore improved people's overall health and consequently, their sex drive. Besides, what could be more indulgent than steak and oysters?

    Takes 40 minutes
    Makes 6 servings

    6 pieces beef tenderloin (about 160 grams each)
    12 pieces bacon, smoked
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
    1/2 onion, minced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons butter
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup chicken stock
    1 teaspoon mustard
    1 cup fresh oyster meat
    1/2 tablespoon parsley leaves, chopped
    reserved steak drippings
    salt and pepper to taste
    4 tablespoons cream
    1 teaspoon truffle oil 

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    2.  Piri-Piri Chicken Wings

    What's sexy about this dish? Chili. Spicy foods, like this one, are thought to bring out the heated passion in people. It's because peppers can quicken your pulse and make you sweat, Dr. Meryl S. Rosofsky told The New York Times. It mimicks arousal and is similar to what you experience in bed!

    Ready in 55 minutes
    Makes 4 to 6 servings

    1 kilo chicken wings
    salted water, for boiling
    1/4 cup unsalted butter
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 cup red bell peppers, minced
    5 cloves garlic, minced
    1 to 2 teaspoons chili flakes
    1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon salt
    juice and zest from 1 lemon

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

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    3. Adobong Okra

    Okra is long and slippery, but it is full of nutrients that can supposedly help when you get busy under the sheets. It's rich in magnesium, a natural relaxant, says WebMD. “It's also full of iron, folate, zinc, and vitamin B, all nutrients that keep your sex organs healthy and happy.”

    Ready in
    17 minutes
    Makes 2 servings

    250 grams okra
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
    1 piece bay leaf
    1/2 cup ground pork
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    3 tablespoons vinegar
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    cornstarch, Optional
    salt and pepper
    2 tablespoons garlic, chopped and fried to a crisp
    spring onions, for garnish

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    4. Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Rolls

    Food that resembles genitalia, like asparagus, are thought to be aphrodisiacs. Makes sense since you're more prone to thinking about sex when you're food is shaped like one of the main components of it. If that doesn't quite do it for you (or we ruined asparagus for you -- sorry!), it's okay. At least you had bacon, right?

    Ready in
    40 minutes
    Makes 2 servings

    3 pieces bacon strips
    9 pieces baby asparagus
    50 grams pecorino cheese, freshly grated

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    5. Chocolate Lava Cake

    No wonder we give chocolates on Valentine’s Day! Chocolate activates areas of the brain that are known to create feelings of pleasure, says Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at Cambridge University, as reported by The University of Melbourne. “The unique combination of aroma, texture, and taste makes eating chocolate a pleasurable experience that stimulates the emotional 'feel-good' centers of the brain. In short, the chocolate tastes good, so we feel good.”

    Ready in
    24 minutes
    Makes 6 cakes

    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    1/2 cup butter
    1 and 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
    2 eggs
    2 egg yolks
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph

    Sources: Mayo Clinic, WebMD 1, WebMD 2, The New York Times, The University of Melbourne

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