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Food Fundamentals in Digestible Portions
Food Fundamentals in Digestible Portions

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A perfect recipe to make for St Patrick's Day, and incredibly easy.

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Secrets to Melting Chococlate - Video Blog #victoriahansenfood http://ow.ly/JCfOI
There are several ways to melt chocolate, here's how I do it successfully.

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Almost forgot today's aphrodisiac list. There's so many I need to cover off all of them before Saturday. Here's today's list...

Garlic
The ‘heat’ in garlic is said to stir sexual desires. Make sure you and your partner share it together. Garlic has been used for centuries to cure everything from the common cold to heart ailments. This is a good time for moderation. Enjoy pasta with a lightly garlicky sauce and it and lead up to something spicy in the bedroom later. Ginger root raw, cooked or crystallized is a stimulant to the circulatory system. Perhaps a stir-fry with freshly grated ginger.

Honey
Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey including cures for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey. Lovers on their “Honeymoon” drank mead and it was thought to “sweeten” the marriage.

Liquorice
The Chinese have used liquorice for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The essence of the Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice) plan, glycrrhizin, is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Chewing on bits of liquorice root is said to enhance love and lust. It is particularly stimulating to woman, providing of course you like the taste and flavur of liquorice.

Mustard
Believed to stimulate the sexual glands and increase desire. Prepare a tenderloin roast (filet mignon) for two with a mustard and peppercorn sauce.
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OK, so the list of aphrodisiac foods is actually relatively long so I'm including 5 today so I get through them all before Saturday evening and I'm going to leave the most delicious until Saturday, including chocolate.

Today we're covering...

Bananas
The banana flower has a marvellous phallic shape and is partially responsible for popularity of the banana as an aphrodisiac food. An Islamic myth tells the tale that after Adam and Eve succumbed to the “Apple” they started covering their “nudity” with banana leaves rather than fig. From a more practical standpoint bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, necessities for sex hormone production.

Basil
Basil is said to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.

Broccoli Rabe (and other mustard greens)
The ground seeds of various plants in the Brassica family were believed to increase virility. In the case of broccoli Rabe its more likely a myth created to get people to eat this bitter vegetable. LOL sounds abour right.

Coriander (cilantro)
The book of The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. That book is over 1,000 years old so the history of coriander as an aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Coriander was also used as an “appetite” stimulant.

Figs
An open fig is thought to emulate the female sex organs and traditionally thought of as sexual stimulant. A man breaking open a fig and eating it in front of his lover is a powerful erotic act. Serve fresh Black Mission figs in a cool bowl of water as it is done in Italy and be sure to eat with your fingers. Mmmmm.....

Read more here - http://www.victoriahansenfood.com/history-of-aphrodisiac-foods
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OK so today's aphrodisiac foods are Rocket (arugula) and Avocado. A delicious combination in a salad or on their own.

Rocket
Rocket or “arugula” seed has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. This ingredient was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios. Rocket greens are frequently used in salads and pasta.

Avocado
The Aztecs called the avocado tree “Ahuacuatl which translated means “testicle tree”. The ancients thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled the male’s testicles. This is a delicious fruit with a sensuous texture. Serve in slices with a small amount of Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper.

Find more info here - http://www.victoriahansenfood.com/history-of-aphrodisiac-foods
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Two more Aphrodisiac foods to ponder...

Asparagus
Given its phallic shape, asparagus is frequently enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous experience. The Vegetarian Society suggests “eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect”. You've got time to start now before Saturday. Just don't be anywhere near them when they pee afterwards. LOL

Almond
Almond is a symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female. Try serving Marzipan (almond paste) in the shapes of fruits for a special after-dinner treat.

See more here - http://www.victoriahansenfood.com/history-of-aphrodisiac-foods/
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Leading into Valentines Day, I thought I'd post some interesting trivia about aphrodisiac foods.

Aphrodisiacs were first sought out as a remedy for various sexual anxieties including fears of inadequate performance as well as a need to increase fertility. Procreation was an important moral and religious issue and aphrodisiacs were sought to insure both male and female potency.

Why Certain Foods
In ancient times a distinction was made between substances that increased fertility versus ones that simply increased sex drive. One of the key issues in early times was nutrition. Food was not so readily available as it is today. Under nourishment creates a loss of libido as well as reduces fertility rates.

Substances that “by nature” represent ‘seed or semen’ such as bulbs, eggs, snails” were considered inherently to have sexual powers. Other types of foods were considered stimulating by their “physical resemblance to genitalia”.

It’s important to realize these food substances were identified (documented) by the likes of Pliny and Dioscordes (ancient Greeks) first century AD and later by Paul of Aegina from the seventh century. Later more credence was given to foods that “satisfied dietary gratification”. Other foods deemed to have these aphrodisiac qualities were derived from mythology.

Here's today's food...
Aniseed
Aniseed is a very popular aphrodisiac with many culinary uses. It has been used as an aphrodisiac since the Greeks and the Romans, who believed aniseed, had special powers. Sucking on the seeds is said to increases your desire.

I guess you just want to be sure the person you're desiring likes the smell and flavour!!!
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If you use gelatine regularly, you're going to love Queen Fine Foods Jel-It-In. If you have not tried this yet I highly recommend it. It's gelling properties are quite amazing and it dissolves far more effectively than straight gelatine. It's also vegetarian for those of you who prefer that.

I did a video blog about it recently. Have a look - http://www.victoriahansenfood.com/video-blog-review-jel-it-in/
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How are you at souffles? I used to be lousy at them till I discovered the easy way to make them, using a Bechamel Sauce as the base. Haven't had a failed one since. What's your favourite souffle. I can't decide between cheese or chocolate. Not together of course LOL. http://www.victoriahansenfood.com/recipes/basic-souffl-and-variations/
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