Month: July 2015

Better Than Sex


07-11-2015 Better Than Sex - SliceMy Dearest Sweet Food Lovers,

I know it is hard to believe, if not impossible to convince that anything could be better than being locked eye-to-eye with a lover who excites every cell in your body…whose touch sends chills through your very being and whose kiss opens you to intimacy that feels like ecstasy.  This is how my strawberry layered cake got its name.  It was baked in the company of a man whose 60% cacao colored lips inspired the dark chocolate-dipped strawberries that garnish it.  A rich creamy mousse fills the layers with luscious strawberry slices.  On a sugar high, we exchanged sweet nothings while we entertained one another with the delights in our presence.  The faint moans and whimpers that followed after each mouthful was evidence of the pleasure we experienced.  This is a welcome invitation for you to get you some.  See the “Better Than Sex” cake recipe below.

Sensuously yours,

Ms. L’Amour

RECIPES

Love is always the first ingredient in amorous cooking.

 = love stimulant ♥♥ = sexual desire stimulant

BETTER THAN SEX STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE CAKE

07-11-2015 Better Than Sex - Cake

Aphrodisiac References

Strawberries – Luscious Lips

Chocolate – Chocolate Obsession

Fire Works


07-04-2015 Fire Works - DinnerJuly 4th marks the day I arrived in New York.  I was exhausted from my trying trip across the country.  It was filled with obstacles that challenged my confidence and decision to stay the course but there was no turning back.  Like the great Captain Hernan Cortes, I burned my ships and was on my journey to a new conquest.  It was do or die.  Retreat was not an option.    Starry-eyed and in love with the possibilities of my new life, I watched the Big Apple light up the sky that night.  I believed07-03-2015 - Fire Works - Honey that my life here would be dynamite and indeed a lot in me was destroyed.  I’ve been purging and connecting with my “other self”, that’s what happens when one is transformed.  And 2-years later, like a diamond refining, I am still on fire.  You can taste it in my homemade BBQ sauce, Fire Works.  It’s a honey based, chipotle pepper infused, taste bud exciting, libido enhancing sensation!  Salute to the red, white & blue… salute to New York!!

Sensuously yours,

Honey L’Amour 

07-04-2015 Fire Works - Tablesetting

 AMOROUS COOKING

Meditation while you blend: a sweet and spicy sensation that drives motivation.

RECIPES

Love is always the first ingredient in amorous cooking

♥ = love stimulant ♥♥ = sexual desire stimulant

FIRE WORKS HONEY BBQ SAUCE

INGREDIENTS SPICES
¾ cup honey ♥♥ 2 teaspoons chili powder ♥♥
½ cup ketchup 1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic, grated ♥♥
1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon sea salt
1 can chipotle chiles, stems trimmed, chopped ♥♥ 1 teaspoon black pepper ♥♥
2 tablepsoons adobo sauce (from the can) ♥♥
DIRECTIONSPut all of the ingredients in a saucepan.  Heat on medium-low, lovingly stirring the sauce, heat until simmering.  Cook for 5 minutes.

INSPIRATION

I made pulled pork and marinated the meat in the Fire Works sauce.  I paired it with sweet potato fries, greens and a banana pudding for dessert. Delicious.

Vanilla, Sexier than You Know


Beloved Food Lovers,

With vines that wrap themselves around the trees of the tropic, and flowering lips that reach out to greet you with a fragrantly sweet kiss, it is blasphemous to 06-23-2015 Fish Tales - Dessert - Sexier Than You Know Vanilla Cake IIhear vanilla used as a term to mean something plain or boring.  It’s06-23-2015 Fish Tales - Dessert - Sexier Than You Know Vanilla Cake I unfortunate that the unknowing mistake vanilla’s subtle seductive nature as unexciting.  The fruit produced by the flowering vanilla orchid adds spice in dessert-making and enhances the appetite for lovemaking.  Urban legend tells of the daughter of a fertility goddess who fell in love with a mortal, forbidden to marry him, she transforms herself into a gorgeous vanilla orchid so that she could provide him with sensual pleasure.  Consequently, the scent and flavor of vanilla have aroused men ever since. Science has proven that it is one of the most attractive scents to them.  “Under the influence of an alluring scent, one is tempted to suspend rational thought and follow the lead of emotion” (Elaine Sciolino, “Seduction”), this is particularly true of the effect that vanilla has on the male libido.  So you see the unassuming vanilla bean makes seduction a piece of cake. Golden Vanilla Bean Cakelette - in boxThe sweet smell permeated my apartment all last week as I baked exclusively with vanilla bean. I originally made my beautiful Sexier than You Know Vanilla Cake for my “date” that I mentioned in Fish Tales.  Instead of hand feeding it to the absent beau, it became a gift to those I see on my daily grind.  My daughter and I shared the decorated cake, but I made my signature ♥’Cakelettes with the extra batter  .  My only intentionGolden Vanilla Bean Cakelettes - packaged was to warm someone’s heart with an unexpected surprise.  As I handed individually wrapped heart-shaped pound cakes to the security guards of the building where I work, it was love at first bite for one of them.  He craved the cake so badly that he asked me “How much for a box of these?” the next time he saw me.  His enthusiasm caused another person to request a box of his own ♥’Cakelettes too.  Then, when I shared with a friend that people liked my ♥’Cakelettes well enough to buy them, he too placed an order!!    It turned out to be a fruitful gesture.  This sexy golden vanilla bean attracted more than a date, I thought to myself, as I gave much gratitude while counting my cake.  Nothing bland about that.

 Sensuously yours,

Honey L’Amour

AMOROUS COOKING

Meditation while you mix and bake: Golden vanilla bean, warm the hearts of all who taste this subtly seductive and sexy cake.

 RECIPES

Love is always the first ingredient in amorous cooking

♥ = love stimulant ♥♥ = sexual desire stimulant

SEXIER THAN YOU KNOW VANILLA BEAN CAKE

Sexier Than You Know Vanilla Cake

BATTER FROSTING
2 ½ cups flour, sifted 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½  teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 ¾ cups sugar (friendship)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 ¼ cups whole milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste ♥♥
1 vanilla bean, scraped♥♥ Garnish with a vanilla bean ♥♥
I made a vanilla bean glaze with buerre noisette for the ♥’Cakelettes – kicks the flavor profile up exponentially! Yum.  Yum.
DIRECTIONSPre-heat oven to 350 degrees F; coat cake pans with baker’s cooking spray (with flour) 

1.      Sift flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside

2.      In a large bowl, beat butter until soft

3.      Slowly add the sugar and cream until the butter and sugar are pale yellow and fluffy

4.      Crack eggs into a separate bowl and add to batter one at a time

5.      Beat in eggs, one at a time, add vanilla beans

6.      Mix the vanilla bean paste in the milk

7.      Beginning and ending with the flour mixture, beat in 3 additions, alternating with the vanilla milk mixture in 2 additions. Stop mixing as soon as the ingredients come together.

8.      Transfer to prepared cake pan(s), fill cavity about ¾ full

9.      Bake cake(s) until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

10.  Invert cake(s) onto cooling rack.  Cool completely before frosting, at least an hour

FROSTING

1.      Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth

2.      Slowly add sugar, ½ cup at a time

3.      Add vanilla bean paste

4.      Mix until frosting is smooth and fluffy

5.      For a thicker consistency, for pipe decorating, add more confectioners’ sugar.