It was a carefree Saturday afternoon when while gallivanting in the wonderland that is New York City, ‘The Lovers’ tarot card breezed right into my hand as if out of nowhere. It was a flyer for a psychic, but my own intuition knew the meaning of this card instantly. When ‘The Lovers’ appear, it foretells of an ambivalent relationship, it represents a time that is likely to bring love to the center stage. Life will feel blissful. Summer love. Perfect! I am one who follows signs and wonders so I kept the card and taped it in my diary. I welcome the intimacy and friendship that ‘The Lovers’ represent. It inspired me to invite a friend on a picnic. A simple, intimate, sensual pleasure.
In reviewing “Booty Food” written by Jacqui Malouf, Bobby Flay’s sassy sidekick from Hot off the Grill, her cookbook speaks to cultivating love and passion through food and making your relationships a priority. Reading her book is like talking to a girlfriend. She’s personable, entertaining and wise in both the kitchen and the bedroom. Jacqui’s picnic rating system fancied me most. She rates your picnic based on effort and thoughtfulness. You receive a rating of “good” if you make sandwiches, pack chips, and grab a couple of sodas from the supermarket, you are rated “better” if you go to a gourmet deli for a selection of cold cuts, cheese, fruit, olives, crusty bread and wine. This is better than good, but it’s not the best rating, which is ultimately what we want. If you start cooking for your picnic the night before, your rating skyrockets to “Booty”! I lit up when I read this rating. This is exactly what I planned to do when I customized my picnic menu to appeal to my companion’s tastes. Everything in the basket has a personal message and
Mike’s Hot Honey Wings, Deviled Eggs, Sweet Spot Muffins with Honey Butter, Blissful Berries, Sunshine Lemonade, and Bananappeal Pudding, sent the message that your appetite will be satisfied. “Oh, hell yeah!”, was his response to my invitation. Giving someone a high level of attention makes them feel wanted and desired. According to Dr. Ava in her book, “NeuroLoveology”, when you create a memorable rendezvous, the brain releases feel-good and addictive forming chemicals. What these masters of seduction are suggesting is that you surround your beloved with pleasures of delight to create strong bonds. It was my intention to create a delicious experience for us both. As I prepared each dish, sampling as I went along, “Booty” is the only word to describe what was cooking in Café L’Amour.
Below is the explicit detail of my “Booty” picnic, read on for the aphrodisiac power of this menu.
What delights are you cooking up for your summer love?
For your sensuous appetite, Honey L’Amour ~ a culinary seductress
HONEY’S “BOOTY” PICNIC:
MIKE’S HOT HONEY WINGS
The honey that makes these sweet fried chicken wings hot is the infusion of red chili peppers. I discovered this sexy condiment at a holiday bizarre in the Grand Central Terminal last year. I stuffed a bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey in my confidante’s Christmas stocking and he loves it! If I’m the honey, then Mike is the chili-pepper that infused his spice making my aphrodisiac effects twice as nice. Honey and chilies are both culinary aphrodisiacs. It’s easy to see the seductive power of honey. The earth’s oldest sweetener is a heavenly, sticky, golden liquid that not only stimulates your taste buds, but is a head-to-toe life supporting substance that heals and nurtures the body in many ways including our sexual wellbeing. Eating honey regularly increases the production, quality and motility of sperm cells, just three-ounces significantly increases the level of nitric oxide, the chemical released in the blood during arousal. Infused with chilies, it is powered by the mood enhancing chemical stimulant capsaicin which triggers a release of feel-good endorphins. The warming quality of chili-peppers mimics our body’s sexual stimulation responses, our heart rate increases and our blood vessels dilate for improved blood flow to our major sex organs. With my red hot, sweet heat lover in mind, I generously drizzled the wings with Mike’s Hot Honey. Even Cupid dips his arrows in honey before aiming at lovers. It is lip lickin’ honeylicious!
- 2 pounds of pre-cut chicken wings (washed and dried)
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of red chili pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon of cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of Tony’s Creole seasoning salt
- Marinate chicken wings in buttermilk for at least an hour, and then discard buttermilk
- Season chicken wings well with all spices
- Drizzle hot honey on both sides of each chicken wing
- Dredge in flour
- Using a cast-iron skillet, fry the wings in hot canola oil until golden brown and done at 160 degree
- Drain excess cooking oil from wings once removed from skillet
Mike’s Hot Honey is made locally in Brooklyn, NY, for a bottle of your own sweet heat visit: www.mikeshothoney.com
This is the perfect foreplay food. Feed your lover mouth-to-mouth with this gorgeous aphrodisiac packed fruit salad. Looking deep into each other’s eyes, place a berry between parted lips and let your companion lovingly suck the sweet juices directly from your mouth. Lick the extra syrup from his lips. Delicate handling of these sensitive berries is essential. Learn more about the proper handling of blissful berries from Dr. Ava, human sexuality expert.
The human mind is subtly turned on by the sight of objects suggestive of genitals. The luscious looking strawberry is a classic aphrodisiac with a lot of sex appeal! The freckles on its flesh are high in zinc, which is essential in the production of testosterone, they are also high in vitamin C which keeps sperm from clinging together in immobile clusters, this enables more intense, longer lasting orgasms.
Blueberries are one of the first foods thought to aide men in erectile dysfunction, they are packed with compounds that help relax blood vessels and improve circulation all through the body.
Grapes ~ Red & Green
Grapes are the food of Dionysius, the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, pleasure and festivity, he was also one of Aphrodite’s lovers… you know it’s going down!
The scent of vanilla excites sexual arousal in men. Lavishly entice your man’s libido with this aromatic seductress of the plant kingdom.
The refreshing sexiness of mint inspires kissing, throw a few sprigs of fresh mint in and have some of that built up testosterone transferred. It’s true, that’s why women love a passionate kiss, men transfer their sex energy to us in a fervent French kiss. Oui, oui xoxo ♥
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- Juice of 1 orange
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2 whole vanilla beans, caviar scraped out (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
- 1 pint of strawberries, halved
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 1 cup of red grapes, halved
- 1 cup of green grapes, halved
- Mint leaves
Place the sugar, water, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool, then store in the fridge until cold.
Mix together all the fruit in a large bowl and pour the syrup over the top, tossing gently. Garnish with mint leaves.
SWEET SPOT MUFFINS WITH HONEY BUTTER
It’s the suggestive name and cute little heart shape that make these muffins inspire. Playfully lick the delicious honey butter from the Sweet Spot Muffins to tease your lover for what’s to come after lunch. It’s sooo good, it deserves extra licking. Plus it makes your lips taste like honey.
- 1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix [do not follow the box cooking instructions for this recipe]
- 1/4 cup of buttermilk
- 1/2 can of cream of corn
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
- Fill one heaping tablespoon of batter in a heart-shaped, cast-iron muffin pan
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned
- Remove from pan immediately
- 1 stick of unsalted, softened butter
- 3 tablespoons of honey, to spice it up, use Mike’s Hot Honey instead
- Mix the two ingredients together until well incorporated
This combination is best served hot! Treat yourself to a sweet spot muffin before packing up your picnic basket.
Bananas are the poster child for desire. In some cultures, it is the banana, not the apple, which is the forbidden fruit.
In other ancient societies bananas were an offering to the fertility gods. Bananas eye-popping phallic shape is psychologically suggestive enough to make them work as an aphrodisiac. According to the Doctrine of Signatures, plants that in some way resemble various parts of the body can be used to treat that body part. Bananas have an enzyme called bromelain that enhances male performance, it helps the body produce sex hormones a few hours before getting it on and converts carbs into energy to give you endurance. I can see why phallic worshipping cultures testify to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: Bananas are all about boosting the male libido.
- 2 boxes of instant Jello banana cream pudding
- 1 box of instant Jello French vanilla pudding
- 6 cups of cold milk
- 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip Extra Creamy whipped cream
- 2 boxes of Nilla vanilla wafers
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the instant pudding, cold milk and vanilla extract, fold in the whipped cream. Begin the first layer of vanilla wafer at the bottom of a rectangular dish, add a layer of the pudding mixture and repeat ending with a beautiful layer of vanilla wafers at the top.
These little trouble makers are finger feeding delicious. Eggs have been associated with new life since antiquity and are a symbol of fertility.
- 7 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of Mayo
- 1 heaping tablespoon of Sweet Pickle Relish
- 2 teaspoons of Yellow Mustard
- Salt, to taste
- Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
- Cayenne pepper to garnish (for the ‘Booty’, otherwise use Paprika)
Boil the eggs, let cool, peel, cut eggs in half and remove egg yolk. Mix the egg yolks with all ingredients with a fork until well incorporated. Put the mixture in a bakers piping bag and fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture.
We all drool over this hand squeezed liquid sunshine. I juiced 10 sun-kissed lemons, mixed with sugar and cold water to make this refreshing taste of summer. Add lemon slices, 2 jiggers of lemon vodka, jar for two and freeze overnight.
With the guarantee “to make you SEXY…if you hold a bag” of this new SexyPop, popcorn, it was a must that I include it in the booty picnic basket. The marketing of this product is what makes it so desirable. It also reminds me of an erotic sensation referred to as the “Head Popper”. You’ll have to find out more about it on your own, but when you do, you’ll understand why anything that ‘pops’ in your mouth is an aphrodisiac.