‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But if the doctor is cute, screw the apple’ Our hearts race for anything that melts. We all know that oysters, champagne and chocolate are aphrodisiacs, but did you know that chilli is too? The capsaicin in the pepper literally makes you hot: your blood pumps faster […]
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But if the doctor is cute, screw the apple’
Our hearts race for anything that melts.
We all know that oysters, champagne and chocolate are aphrodisiacs, but did you know that chilli is too? The capsaicin in the pepper literally makes you hot: your blood pumps faster and that stimulates your nerve endings. What you like to eat also says something about your personality. People who love sports like skydiving and cage diving can handle spicier food. Thrillseekers also cook more with chilli than the average homebody. Heat is also an alpha-male gauge: men who can withstand more heat have higher testosterone levels.
Avocado has the right to be called a superfood since it scores high among aphrodisiacs. This fruit raises the levels of testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone. Other fruits also contribute to a sizzling sex life. The humble apple may be good for your entire system – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But if the doctor is cute, screw the apple” – but the banana has a more specific effect: a better orgasm. It contains potassium, which improves muscle contractions. Summer fruits (strawberries, blackberries and raspberries) are full of vitamins, ensure good blood flow and are the colour of love and passion. So keep feeding each other lots of strawberries. This also applies to pomegranates: more feeling down below. And watermelon is a natural Viagra: the citrulline (which is mainly in the peel) makes blood vessels dilate so that blood circulation is improved to all parts of the body, making them more sensitive to touch. Watermelon martinis anyone?
Ok, so we’ve identified the aphrodisiacs, but our eyes need food too: what’s known as food porn. We’re not talking about Instagrammers who take a picture of their plate of food – always from the same angle + filter – and then label it #foodporn themselves. This is about real foodporn. What makes a photograph sexy? Where does the appeal lie? To start with, anything that melts, runs, is sweet or fatty, makes our hearts beat faster. Think of hot caramel sauce, melting ice-cream, melted cheese, glistening olive oil and dripping egg yolk. We find food particularly desirable when it is moist, tender and utterly fresh – meat, cut fruit and fish, for example. The shapes that stimulate our sexual fantasies are often round and feminine, like cherries, pears and peaches. Phallus shapes are only attractive when they are subtle: an asparagus tip, a vanilla pod placed in a slightly provocative way. And red, of course. Red is the Helvetica – Helvetica always works – of the kitchen. When all else fails… make it red! Whether it’s fruit, sauce or alcohol, red makes the perfect visual. So: fat, red, sweet, moist, dripping, melting, hot or cold but also innocent? It’s a winner!
Swipe for food? Now you can. With the food app Tender, you swipe right to save a recipe and left to remove it. Finding your dinner has never been easier. Although you do need to cook it, world cuisine is at your fingertips. We added some exiting stories to it. We took Scheherazade’s pomegranate for starters: to empty the fruit without ending up with bitter pith attached, you need to massage it with lots of love. You then cut it in half and tap each half with the back of a spoon until all the seeds fall out. Can’t you just imagine the veiled harem women gently rolling and kneading the pomegranates?
It’s a slightly different story with the Greeks and octopus or pulpo. Pulpo is a tough mollusc: if you don’t handle it well, it’s practically inedible. The traditional Greek method of tenderising the flesh is to beat the dead creature against the rocks or a wall. This habit led to a funny myth: “spanking the octopus”. Greeks were said to have spanked their beloveds on the bottom with the pulpo: an interesting form of foreplay that also happened to tenderise their meal. Not for you? Don’t worry, slow-cooking or shocking (the octopus) three times in ice water are also options.