Food – Yummy kitchen foreplay

2010-09-17 14:02

Spring is a time of awakening and with sunny days and balmy nights, it’s a great time to rekindle your romance too.

Cooking for your lover is more common, but cooking with your lover is much more fun.

Never mind the foods that are supposed to be aphrodisiacs, any food fits that bill if it tantalises all your senses and is made with love.

This three-course dinner for two is quick to make, scrumptious to eat and even gives you the energy to pull an ­all-nighter.

STARTER: Stuffed figs

These are best eaten with your hands.


» Four fresh figs

» Four 2cm x 2cm squares of your favourite smelly cheese

» A drizzle of honey

» Salt and black pepper to season


Heat oven to 180ºC. Cut a cross at the top of the figs and squish them open. Put the square of cheese in the centre, drizzle with the honey and season well.

Put the stuffed figs in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the figs are hot.

MAIN COURSE: Lemon spaghetti

This easy stamina-builder will perk you up.


» 400g spaghetti or linguine

» 2 garlic cloves, crushed

» 4 lemons, juiced and zested

» A knob of butter

» A glug of olive oil

» Freshly grated parmesan

» Salt and pepper


Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and add the spaghetti. Meanwhile – in a pan big enough to hold the pasta later – melt the butter and olive oil, add the garlic and fry for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the zest and lemon juice and stir.

Place back on the heat for a minute or two then set aside.

When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and add to the lemon sauce, along with about two tablespoons of the drained spaghetti water. Season it and sprinkle with the grated parmesan.

DESSERT: Chocolate strawberries

A decadent, endorphine-releasing finale.


» 500g fresh strawberries, hulled

» 1 tablespoon castor sugar

» 100ml fresh cream

» 1 Bar One chocolate bar, cut into pieces

» 4 drops vanilla extract


Put the hulled strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the castor sugar (do this at least two hours before dinner).

Put the cream, vanilla extract and pieces of chocolate in a double boiler or a microwave dish.

Stir until smooth and melted.

Put the hot chocolate sauce into a dish then dip the strawberries.

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