When the time came to create the perfect menu for a romantic and delicious Valentine’s Day dinner, what better ingredients to include than those that ‘turn up the heat’ a bit? You probably recognize some of these long-considered aphrodisiacs, but others might surprise you.
The myth about oysters being an aphrodisiac actually has some truth to it. They are rich in amino acids which have been found to increase levels of sex hormones, and testosterone production is increased because of their high zinc content.
Caviar, an indulgent delicacy, is also high in zinc and amino acids, as are parsnips and carrots. The Greeks and Romans knew what they were doing. Early writings refer to white root vegetables that are believed to be parsnips and certain types of carrots.
Truffles can also be considered a rare treat, but it could be their price tag that makes them luxurious.
Grapes have long been associated with love and fertility. The Romans were also the first to cultivate grapes, but it was the Egyptians who created wine. The Greeks would give grape clusters to newly wedded couples to ensure many children.
Other fruits make the list. Cherries are known to stimulate pheromone production, and their color is simply lovely for Valentine’s Day.
Bananas contain potassium, magnesium and B vitamins which are said to enhance the male libido, while their dessert partner honey is a great source for boron which helps the body use estrogen.
What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? Not only does it release dopamine for a feel-good moment, it’s the perfect pairing for vanilla whose rich scent conjures sweet memories.
And finally, mint is often used for its calming properties on both the mind and body, but its use as a breath freshener is perfect for kissable closeness.
So whether the effects are psychological or physiological, enjoy every morsel of this specially prepared dinner with your special someone.
Valentine’s Day dinner at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch will be served on February 11, 2017.
For reservations, contact The Club receptionist at 830.336.9000.
Isaac Cantu is the Executive Chef at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 830.336.9000.
Hill Country Loving Valentine’s Day Menu 2017
“Fine” Oyster Chowder
Sage Essence, Crisp Yukon Golds
Poached Golf Oyster
Oven Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Vodka Crème Friache
White Sturgeon Caviar Toast
Crisp Applewood Bacon, Truffled Frisee Lettuce, Seared Texas Quail Breast
Tomato and Blackberry Preserves
Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass
Crisp Morels, Confit of Parsnip
Tarragon Seafood Nage
Grilled Akaushi Filet Mignon-Parsley Gremolata
Roasted Garlic Pomme Puree
Napa Cabbage-Root Vegetable Purse
Port-Cherry Demi Glace
Slow Basted Boneless Rack of Lamb
Herb Butter-White Cheddar Grits, Glazed Wild Mushrooms
Smoked Grape Natural Jus and Jalapeno Mint Jelly
To The Heart
“Kiss of a Rose”
Expresso-Mascarone Filled Crisp Chocolate
Vanilla Bean Bombe
Honey Cake-Banana Gratin
Madagascar Vanilla Anglaise, Sesame Seed Brittle