A romantic dinner does not only mean scented candles and soft music. It is a ritual, a true celebration of two hearts in love and thus must be beautiful. Attention to detail is imperative as it can as easily be a disaster as it can be a success. So, don’t overdo it with food as romantic dinner is intended to kindle the passionate side of your partner. Since ancient times, people have discovered that food can be erotic, enhancing the mood and awakening the sexual desires. It was at the same time that aphrodisiacs were discovered. Aphrodisiacs can be found in animal and plant products and some seafood and spices and stimulate the sexual activity and have a life-giving effect during love games.
So, the next time you plan on surprising your hubby with a romantic dinner, throw in few aphrodisiacs. Don’t overdo it though and eat smaller servings. A romantic dinner with good wine and gourmet food is a great way to end the day and start your evening. The ideal romantic dinner must include appetizers, salad, main course and a dessert. Look at our suggested menu for the perfect romantic dinner.
Appetizer and salad
Salad “Love freshness”
- 8 fresh radishes
- 2 cucumbers
- 100 g lettuce
- 4 eggs
- dill and parsley
- few sprigs of green onion
- 100 g full-fat cream
- Salt and pepper
Preparation: Boil eggs, peel them and cut them into halves. Cut the rest of ingredients into small pieces. Arrange the bottom of the bowl with lettuce leaves and place cucumbers on top. Make the dressing by mixing cream with salt and pepper and and pour it over the leaves. Decorate the top with half eggs, fresh dill and parsley.
For this appetizer you will need fresh salmon fillet. Cut into thin strips, season with salt and pepper and marinate with freshly squeezed tomato juice or a mixture of fresh lemon and orange juice. Add few basil leaves, cover with foil and leave it in a refrigerator for at least 3 hours. During this time, the salmon will marinate to the desired state. Serve the appetizer decorated with capers, lemon slices and dill.
Seabream with vegetables “Ocean”
- 2 pcs. Seabream fish
- 12 sweet peppers
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 bunch dill, parsley and cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- Olive oil, salt and pepper
Mix the green herbs and garlic with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and blend to a paste consistency. Clean the fish, make slits in the meat and rub it with the paste inside and out. Cut peppers and tomatoes into slices. Take a large sheet of aluminum foil and arrange half of vegetables on it. Place fish and bay leaves on top of vegetables, sprinkle with olive oil and wrap. Do the same with the second bream and the rest of the vegetables. Bake 20-30 minutes in preheated oven at 180 degree.
- 500 g fresh or frozen strawberries
- 300 g sweet heavy cream with 35% fat
- 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint
Preparation: Blend the strawberries with vanilla until you get a paste. If using fresh strawberries, keep few for decoration. Beat heavy cream until thick and mix thoroughly with strawberry puree. Put the dessert in cocktail glasses and decorate with whole strawberries and mint leaves.
Beside gourmet food, do not forget about a good bottle of wine as wine is a key element of any romantic night. Now you have few good recipes for a romantic dinner for the next Valentine’s Day or any ‘just because’ day. Cook food with love and attention and you’ll surely both have an unforgettable romantic evening.