Valentines Dinner Menu Ideas from Provence
We understand that making a special dinner for someone can be stressful, but February 14th might add extra anxiety to meal prep. So, we have dug into our archives to select Valentines Dinner Menu Ideas for the occasion. In addition, read about foods that may have aphrodisiac effects, and enjoy a romantic evening.
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Set a Romantic Table
There is nothing like elegant table settings to set the mood. Provencal fabrics – les Indiennes – are available in various colours and patterns. In addition, there are table runners, placemats, tablecloths, and napkins to create your art de la table from playful to sophisticated. Buy a set or mix and match.
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Valentines Dinner Menu
The recipes below make for a delicious, romantic evening but are just as well-suited for a gathering with good friends. Create your Valentines dinner menu from the suggestions below.
Start with a cocktail:
The main event:
Dessert for the occasion:
There are lots of considerations for food on Valentine’s Day – nothing too spicy, smelly or heavy, but something luscious and out of the ordinary so your beloved feels special. Here is a list of foods and spices that may have aphrodisiac effects:
- Almond – a symbol of fertility through the ages
- Aniseed – used as an aphrodisiac since Greek and Roman times
- Arugula – first documented as an aphrodisiac in the first century AD
- Asparagus – primarily due to its phallic shape
- Avocado – the Aztecs called the avocado tree “Ahuacuatl”, or testicle tree
- Bananas – because of their shape (please see asparagus)
- Basil (sweet) – promotes a sense of well being
- Chocolate – referred to as “nourishment of the gods” by the Aztecs
- Coffee – a stimulant
- Coriander – noted as an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer in the book of Arabian nights.
- Fennel – ancient Egyptians used the spice as a libido enhancer
- Figs – thought to portray the female sex organs
- Garlic – the heat in garlic is supposed to stir sexual desires
- Ginger – raw or cooked it is supposed to stimulate the circulatory system
- Honey – used as a medicine for sterility and impotence since ancient Egypt
- Nutmeg – in Chinese medicine, it is highly valued and may have hallucinogenic effects
- Oysters – documented in the Roman era for possible mood-enhancing qualities
- Truffles – the musky scent is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch
- Vanilla – a fragrance believed to increase lust
- Wine – relaxes and sensual stimulate