SUNDAY TIMES - Sex-on-a-plate: Aphrodisiac ingredients to cook with this Valentine’s Day
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Sunday Times Recipes By Bianca Nkomo, 2016-02-11

Sex-on-a-plate: Aphrodisiac ingredients to cook with this Valentine’s Day

Chillies are considered to be a natural aphrodisiac.
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Cooking with these four aphrodisiac-charged ingredients should make for a very steamy Valentine's dinner. Here’s why these edibles are thought to be libido-boosters, plus recipes for delicious dishes you can cook with them

1. CHILLI

Does chilli really make your body burn, burn, burn? Yes, and as it does so it encourages the release of feel-good endorphins. Team this natural high with the fact that - like a good bedroom romp - eating a fiery dish makes you sweat and causes your pulse to race and it’s no wonder chillies are considered an aphrodisiac.

What to cook with chillies:

Bacon-wrapped Chipotle chilli poppers stuffed with cream cheese & chives

Tomato, shallot & chilli relish - a dollop of this relish will instantly liven up grilled chicken, fish and brinjals.

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2. POMEGRANATE

Rumour has it that the real forbidden fruit wasn't an apple, but a pomegranate. Because of their many seeds, pomegranates are also associated with fertility - need we say more?

What to cook with pomegranates:

Roasted peach, vanilla & pomegranate mojitos - this cocktail packs a double punch as vanilla is also considered to be an aphrodisiac.

Pomegranate molasses - add a few tablespoons of this fruity molasses to a red wine sauce to zhoosh up a simple steak dinner.

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3. HONEY

Honey's a source of the mineral boron, which studies suggest may boost levels of testosterone, a hormone that fuels his sex drive - and hers!

What to cook with honey:

Honey-roasted nectarines with vanilla yoghurt

No-churn honey & thyme ice cream

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4. FIGS

The seductively suggestive shape of a fig is thought to resemble, well, one of the bits Eve covered with a fig leaf. The ancient Greeks also considered figs the symbol of love and celebrated arrival of a new crop with a copulatory ritual.

What to cook with figs:

Baked cheesecake with figs

No-churn fig & ginger ice cream

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