What would an Aphrodisiac Menu be without oysters?
In Love bites: Create the ultimate valentine's meal sensuous oyster recipes (The Independent, February 13), Mark Hix tells us how after 8 years of offering recipes for Valentine's Day, he decided in 2010 to be all about oysters.
I found his Oysters with Chorizo interesting, here it is:
6 oysters, shucked
6 mini cooking chorizo
Cook the chorizos in a frying pan or under the grill for 4-5 minutes, turning them as they are cooking. You will not need any fat in the pan, as they release a fair bit during cooking."
Would you enchant your partner if you could put your hands on Willapa Bay–Hawk’s Points about which Rowan Jacobsen rasps poetic on his Oyster Guide (January 8):
Rowan Jacobsen is the author of A Geography of Oysters (from the US and Canada).
Kian Lam Kho in Aw Schucks! Oysters for Valentine's Day (Red Cook, January 28) offers his recipe for Steamed Oysters with Tangerine Peel Sauce (pictured below, from his piece).
Looks tempting and it brings us back to Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day sharing the day, February 14.
In a different and oyster less register Brandi Quinn, Executive Chef for Café Surfas demonstrated earlier today a 4 course Aphrodisiac Menu in Culver City, California.
Delice de Bourgogne Cheese with Truffle Honey and Toasted Crostini
Baby Arugula with Sliced Strawberries, Toasted Almonds, Roasted Leeks, Ricotta Salata Cheese all tossed with a Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrete
Coco Braised Osso Bucco with Sautéed Greens and Vanilla Scented Sweet Potatoes
Chocolate Fondue with Bananas, Figs and Strawberries
If nothing else, I hope this opened your appetite for dinner for two.