WHAT TO SERVE AT A COUPLES NIGHT ONLY PARTY

You don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to throw a Couples Night Only party. Planning this event means the night should be an R18 kind of night but don’t worry, it won’t be anything orgiastic. Just a few luscious recipes consisting of natural aphrodisiacs that will tap into your inner Aphrodite or your hidden Cassanova. Maybe that would help crank up the level of hotness your party has to offer.

SULTRY MUSHROOM PASTA DISH

It isn’t exotic but you know you’ll always come back to it for more.

There really is no scientific explanation for its aphrodisiac effect but studies show that after a group of women snacked on wild mushrooms, they experienced fits of sexual ecstasy.

INGREDIENTS

Asparagus, trimmed and chopped

Your choice of mushrooms, scrubbed and roughly chopped

Garlic

Toasted sesame seeds

Olive oil 2 tbsps

Salt and pepper

1 lb pasta

Heat pan and pour olive oil. Add garlic and sauté til aroma comes out. Dump in mushrooms and stir and just let it soak all the flavors.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a boiling salted water until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside to stop the cooking process. Reserve a little bit of the pasta water.

Add the asparagus in the pan together with the mushroom til bright green. Add the pasta and toss until coated. Ladle about 2 tbsp of pasta water and mix til sauce thickens. Remove from heat and serve.

BLACK TRUFFLES OVER FRESH PASTA

Not only are truffles a potent aphrodisiac but it even smells sexy! Once you catch a whiff it will definitely bring back those erotic and lustful memories in you.

INGREDIENTS

Kosher salt

2 ounces fresh black winter truffles

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)

5 anchovy fillets, patted dry and finely chopped

5 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

1 pound fresh fettuccine or tagliatelle pasta

2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese (about 2 ounces)

 

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Chop half of the truffles finely and just set aside. Heat the butter and oil on a frying pan until the butter foams. Add the chopped truffles, anchovies, garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and just keep stirring until fragrant. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside. Put the pasta into the boiling water and cook until al dente. Transfer the pasta directly to the reserved frying pan.  Put about a cup of the pasta cooking water to thicken the sauce a little and mix until pasta is coated. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cheese and toss. Season it with salt and black pepper to taste. Top it with the remaining shaved truffles. Enjoy!

 

CREAMY MUSSELS

Aphrodite emerged from the sea in a giant shell and people were astounded by her beauty that they totally forgot where they were!

The goddess of love, beauty, fertility and desire erupted from the sea which makes all seafood an aphrodisiac.

Here’s a scrumptious mussels recipe:

INGREDIENTS

1 pound mussels (scrubbed and debearded)

1 tbsp garlic

1 shallots chopped finely

1 thumb sized ginger minced

Juice of 1 lime

1 cup of coconut milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp brown sugar

Chili leaves

Cilantro roughly chopped

In a bowl, mix coconut milk, salt, pepper, lime juice and brown sugar. In a pan, sauté onions, garlic and ginger til aromatic. Pour in the mixture and let simmer for 10 minutes. Dump in the mussels and put the lid on. Let the natural juice come out and let flavors mesh well. Discard those that didn’t open. Sprinkle chili leaves and cilantro for kick. You can add chilies if you want it to be spicier than it already is. Use your fingers for a more intimate experience. Enjoy!

Let your guests experience these dishes that will transport them to chow down nirvana. Whether the magic worked or not, the real lover here is the food. Happy Eating!

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