Foods of Love for Valentine’s Day
There are foods that boost energy, fight fat and sharpen memory. Some ingredients can also spice up a romance, so here are some culinary suggestions for Valentine’s Day. For example, chilies are a great way to rev up the heat both inside and outside of the kitchen. The capsaicin – a natural chemical found in fiery peppers – increases circulation and gets your blood boiling. It stimulates nerve endings, which can create a feeling of euphoria.
Before dinner, start with a watermelon martini. Watermelon contains phytonutrient citruline, which is a great way to step up your natural nitric oxide, which calms nerve endings and at the same time, speeds circulation.
Asparagus is also a good choice. It is high in vitamin E, which helps your body crank out heavenly hormones. Salmon is also good for hormone production.
You will be happy to know that red wine is full of antioxidants that will relax you faster than a back rub. And while you’re indulging, go for the chocolate, which contains a substance that boosts a subtle feeling of well-being.
If you make it to dessert, Thai fried Bananas with Chocolate Sauce and vanilla bean ice cream is a great way to finish off the night.
Remember, you are what you eat! On Valentine’s Day, live, laugh and be sexy!
Thai Fried Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate and Warm Honey
- 6 bananas (yellow with a little green), the firmer the better.
- 1 cup rice flour (or all purpose flour)
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch (or corn starch)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbs. sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup water
- 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Warm honey to drizzle
- Vanilla bean ice cream
- Your favorite chocolate sauce
Mix the following ingredients in a large bowl: flour, baking soda, sugar, salt and sesame seeds.
Add water and mix well. Add shredded coconut.
Mix the batter until thick.
Turn on stove to high heat. Add oil in a wok, deep fryer or large pot. Dip each banana into the batter and coat thoroughly. Put the coated banana into the hot oil. Deep fry banana until it turns golden brown. Turn bananas over when frying, about one minute each side to cook evenly. Remove banana from oil, and drain on paper towel.
Note: The bananas come out of the fryer very hot, so let them cool a little before serving. Drizzle with warm honey and chocolate sauce and serve with a scoop of ice cream.
Chef Gigi Gaggero is the owner of Kids Culinary Adventures. kidsculinaryadventures.com.