Posted on 2014.06.29
The foods we eat have the power to increase or decrease our sex drive. Natural foods packed with vitamins and minerals will be your best friend when it comes time to get down and dirty. So put down that hamburger and pick up a super food, like asparagus, instead!
Asparagus has been enjoyed for thousands of years for it’s earthy and delicate flavour. In 19th century France, men would eat three servings of asparagus before their wedding night to boost their love-making abilities. Even the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used it for its health benefits. High in B and K vitamins, folic acid, thiamin, and rich in iron, it’s no wonder that this phallic shaped food gives your energy levels a power boost.
It’s arousing shape is sure to inspire thoughts of desire as well. The tip of the asparagus is where most of its flavour lies. Prepare some fresh asparagus for your lover tonight, feed them the long, firm spears, and tell them to savour the tip.
Just the act of enjoying this sexy veggie will rile them up.
Here’s a perfect asparagus recipe for a hot summer night. Eat well, love better.
Asparagus and Orange Salad with Ginger Dressing
- 1-1/2 lb (680 g) asparagus
- 3 oranges
- 1 head boston lettuce or Bibb lettuce
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted sliced or slivered almonds
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) rice vinegar or cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated ginger root
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated orange rind
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) orange juice
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each of salt and pepper
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper sauce
Snap off tough ends of asparagus; peel lower two-thirds of stems. In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook asparagus for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain and chill under cold running water; drain again and spread on towel to dry. (Make-ahead: Roll up in towel and refrigerate in plastic bag for up to 6 hours.)
Ginger Dressing: Mix vinegar and ginger; let stand for 2 minutes.
Strain into bowl; press to extract liquid. Whisk in oil, rind and juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.)
Cut off peel and outside membrane of oranges; cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick rounds. Place a few lettuce leaves on each plate; top with asparagus and oranges. Drizzle dressing over top. Sprinkle with almonds. Makes 6 servings.