If you are at a loss for something truly delectable, truly elegant and magnificently seductive to serve to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, you couldn’t do better than to choose oysters on the half shell, an artichoke stuffed with shrimp or crab and for dessert, elegant little mini trifles.
Oysters have a long history of being considered to be an aphrodisiac. Actually, there are no foods that are aphrodisiacs in the true sense of the word. Certain foods through the centuries have been thought to increase sexual desire simply because they were good for you. If you have an inadequate or inappropriate diet you aren’t going to feel up to snuff and when you aren’t feeling all that swift, then neither is your libido. Usually the foods alleged to have aphrodisiac qualities were foods high in iron and vitamins, elements often lacking in the average diet. Oysters are loaded with iron and other essential nutrients, among them, an excellent form of protein.
For me, the true aphrodisiac quality of a food, is in its eye appeal, presentation and taste. Some foods, just by the nature of their subtle opulence and delectability promote sensuality. Feeding each other oysters, on the half shell or Steamed, certainly has the potential of leading to romance. And how about feeding each other artichoke leaves, particularly when each leaf is enhanced by a wee dollop of luscious seafood stuffing.
For those of you living in Marin and Sonoma counties in Northern California, you are in exceptionally good luck. You can drive over to the Hog Island Oysters in Marshall on Tomales Bay whenever the mood strikes you and avail yourself of their bountiful harvest of superior fresh, fat and mouth watering oysters.
Here then are the recipes for a sensuous seafood supper of seduction. Enjoy.
Oysters on the Halfshell
Artichoke Norma Jean
Now, the wine. Well, you coulddn’t go far wrond with Sunse Wineries 2010 Malvasia Blanca – Dry, Suisun Valley – Capp Vineyard.
This is a lovely wine with a mulit-dimensional fruit flavor while still being crisp, clean and dry, very dry but not sharp. It will be a perfect complement to the oysters. However if you like it, get it while you can because there isn’t much of it left and they don’t plan on making more for another year or two. With dessert serve a good rich coffee with a small glass of brandy.
And if this dinner of seduction didn’t put you in quite the romantic mood you were looking for, how about snuggling up together with a wonderful ol’ romance movie?
On Golden Pond
The Way We Were
If you aren’t all that fond of seafood and are still looking for a romantic menu for Valentine’s Day perhaps you will find one of these intriguing:
Stuffed Game Hen by Candle Light
Firelight Fondue Supper
Looking for more Valentines Day ideas?