I’ve been experimenting with different posting times, tags, and categories to see what works the best for this blog and I have finally discovered the secret. My hits were up slightly yesterday from 200 a day to 850! Apparently there is a magic combination of subjects – sex, food and holidays.
I looked up a few holidays to see if I could find a few that would appeal to people and for which I might throw out a recipe. Zipper Day and Sense of Smell Day didn’t sound too popular, especially if I am going to be associating them with sex. National Haiku Poetry Day on the 17th sounds fun and National Pot Smokers Day on the 20th might call for a good brownie recipe. But, of course the big one is at the end of the month, the one Easter usurped…Beltane. I’ll be working up a few recipes for the occasion, so stoke up your fires and get ready to eat. 😉 In the mean time, I’ll leave you with a Beltane menu from the Ramblewood Retreat Center in Darlington, MD where they hold the “sacred sexual festival”.
This year’s menu:
MEZZE APHRODISIA—SMALL BITES THAT EVOKE GREAT DESIRE (V = Vegetarian; VG = Vegan; GF = Gluten Free; P = Pescatarian)
Our meal begins with an array of olives and nuts, accompanied by hummus with bites of pita and fresh vegetables for dipping. Awaken your lover’s palate with savory delights and tantalize their hungers—all of them.
Almonds awaken passion in women, and in ancient Greece lovers whispered the adage, “Use olive oil and come at night.” Green olives are said to be a particular aphrodisiac for men, black for women. The delicate scent of cucumber is known to arouse less delicate desires.
Includes nuts, olives, cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, chickpeas, sesame, garlic, wheat. V, VG, GF (except for pita)
Caprese Salad Kebabs
Skewers pierce the tender hearts of cherry tomatoes like the arrows of Eros, uniting the tangy juice of these tiny “love apples” with the silky smoke of fresh mozzarella and the enticing aroma of heavenly basil, which the ancient Hindus recommended for a surge of sexual potency. Includes tomatoes, mozzarella, basil. V, GF
Kreidess Bi Cosbara
Plump sautéed shrimp fragrant with coriander and garlic, both said to raise the pulses of lovers with their flavor and aroma. Includes shrimp, garlic, olive oil, coriander/cilantro P, GF
Datiles con Tocino
This traditional Spanish tapa marries the intense sweetness of dates (used in ayurvedic recipes to power male potency) with the saltiness of bacon. We are unaware of any aphrodisiac properties in bacon, but who wouldn’t love the person who fed it to them? That sly-eyed stranger might just take you in an embrace as sizzling as the bacon enveloping the date. Includes dates, bacon. GF
Succulent bites of tender grilled vegetables are rubbed with warm spices and offered up to you in juicy perfection. Savory cumin, a symbol of love and fidelity, joins with black pepper to tantalize and delight you; may we suggest that you dip a piece in honey to experience the total Middle Eastern aphrodisiac of honey, cumin, and pepper? Includes tomato, zucchini, bell pepper, mushroom, onion, garlic, olive oil, cumin, cilantro, salt V, VG, GF
Succulent bites of tender grilled chicken are rubbed with warm spices and offered up to you in juicy perfection. Savory cumin, a symbol of love and fidelity, joins with black pepper and preserved lemon to tantalize and delight you; may we suggest that you dip a piece in honey to experience the total Middle Eastern aphrodisiac of honey, cumin, and pepper? Includes chicken, onions, lemon, cumin, salt, pepper. GF
Papas Arrugas con Mojo Verde
The French believed that the humble potato contained within it the secret of sexual vitality. This classic Canary Island tapa unites the soft yielding of each bite of wrinkled baby potatoes with the intoxicating mastery of lust-inducing cilantro-cumin sauce. Get some on your fingers, and your darling won’t be able to resist licking them clean. Includes potatoes, cilantro, cumin, garlic, olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt. V, VG, GF
After the climax of a good meal, revel in the afterglow of a decadent dessert! Partake of a selection of dried fruits and nuts. Indulge each other with a variety of chocolates, the queen of aphrodisiacs. Or delight your adorada with nibbles of sweet sugared Turkish Delight…perhaps their nibbles will continue their travels up your arm and elsewhere. Includes Dried fruits, chocolates, nuts, Turkish delight, honey, chocolate, very likely to include: honey, nuts and rose essence. V, VG, GF