Dare to cook for love; a very special Valentine recipe.
I wasn’t exactly expecting caviar and a 20.000 dollar bottle of Crystal, but I also wasn’t quite prepared for the brown mush my future husband put in front of me. “Happy Valentine!” he said with a proud grin and waited. I took a bite of what appeared to be a nut loaf. ‘Hmm, it’s actually quite flavorful,” I said. “What spices did you use?” He refused to tell me. “It’s a secret lust inspiring recipe. Pure magic.” He leaned over to kiss me. We made love that night, and every Valentines after that he would make that brown mushy dish for me.
One year, I walked into the kitchen and caught him hiding a cookbook under a tea towel. When he left the kitchen, I couldn’t resist a peek. ‘Cooking for love. Love potions, aprhodisiacs and their secret recipes’, by Max Roche. Aha! Each ingredient of my husband’s seductive nut loaf–pine nuts, nutmeg, ginger etc.- was actually an aphrodisiac! But before I could memorize the recipe, he came back in.
It got me thinking: did these ingredients really work, or had it been my husband’s steadfast belief in the magic of the dish? I thought that it was a bit like love itself; you have to believe in it. Once you stop believing, it’s over. Then again, some things are forever. We split up 17 years after that first Valentine together, but our daughter Zilver (16 his year) will always be the living proof of the love we shared.
So this year, in honour of that love, I decided to find a fun, healthy alternative for that weird but wonderful mushy dish. Something crammed with lust inspiring goodness. Et voilà, Sexy Scoops! Dare to cook for love! Just don’t forget: never show your lover the recipe. Secrecy is a very potent aphrodisiac.
• 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
• ½ cup golden raisins or regular raisins
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger powder
• 2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1½ teaspoons ground cardamon
• 2½ tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
Method: Place all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds in a mixer and wiz until smooth. With your hands roll the mixture into small balls. Then pour the toasted sesame seeds on a chopping board and roll the balls in it to top. Place the balls on a plate and refrigerate until hard.
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!