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Cook your way into your lover's heart

Updated on February 8, 2012

Love goes through the stomach

If you are not a European, the saying “love goes through the stomach” will probably puzzle you. It simply means that you can capture the heart of your lover with good food. Or in other words, when the tummy is happy, your partner will be happy as well and he will cherish you and your cooking skills. I don’t know a single man who would abandon a good cook in favour of a sexy blonde who serves him frozen pizzas or spaghetti out of a can. The appetite for sex wears off but the appetite for good food certainly doesn’t. That’s one of the reasons why many Italian men live with their mothers until they are ready to go to an old age home. So even in the nation of the world’s greatest lovers, the food always wins.

Another European saying is, “you eat with your eyes”. It means that food shouldn’t just taste good, it should also please the eye. When you see something beautifully arranged on the dinner plate, you are more inclined to take in the look, the smell and the taste. Why is that? Because you pay more attention to what you eat. Nobody will guzzle a piece of art that deserves to be gently taken apart and joyfully savoured.

Cooking sexy food is easier than you think. Just look at Jamie Oliver. Most of his cooking is made from fresh ingredients that not only taste but also look great. To him presentation is everything, even in his own humble male way. Food has to be vibrant in colour and texture and that goes even for the simplest of dishes. Just by adding a few herbs or the odd leaf of salad, the most amazing results can be achieved.

So why not surprise your loved one this Valentine’s day with some sexy home-made food? With a bottle of Champagne, a few candles, some romantic music and a few nicely arranged hors d’oeuvres you are very likely to find your way into your lovers stomach and ultimately his heart. So get creative and add a few nice touches. Dig out your cookie cutter and punch little hearts out of beet slices, cucumber, peppers, kiwi etc. Bake little heart shaped cookies. Garnish a soup or desert with whipped cream shaped into a heart. The possibilities are endless and it’s amazing what an effect little things like these can have.

So rather than buying an expensive present at the store, use your creativity and show your partner how much you care. And who knows, maybe your efforts will be contagious and by next year you will be cooking together in the kitchen as a couple. “Love goes through the stomach”, you’ll see what I mean.


Cold smoked salmon (marinated in beet juice & vodka) wrapped in salad leafs. (Spread some creamed horseradish on salad leaf. Place smoked salmon in center of the leaf, sprinkle with coarse pepper and serve with lemon wedges)
Cold smoked salmon (marinated in beet juice & vodka) wrapped in salad leafs. (Spread some creamed horseradish on salad leaf. Place smoked salmon in center of the leaf, sprinkle with coarse pepper and serve with lemon wedges) | Source
Decorate your dish with beet hearts cut out with a cookie cutter
Decorate your dish with beet hearts cut out with a cookie cutter | Source
A good presentation doesn't need to cost a fortune. Glass plate was bought at Dollar Store.
A good presentation doesn't need to cost a fortune. Glass plate was bought at Dollar Store. | Source
You eat with your eyes
You eat with your eyes | Source

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    • novascotiamiss profile imageAUTHOR

      Novascotiamiss 

      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Magdelene: I totally agree with you. Fine dining at home is so much more fun, a lot cheaper and you don't have to feel guilty about drinking either. Guess what's cooking right now in my kitchen: A roast leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, onions and carrots & broccoli. Of course we'll open a good bottle of wine to go along....

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      Magdelene 

      6 years ago from Okotoks

      Food, you know it seems as I get older the more and more I appreciate great food; it must be a common thing with aging I suppose. I have to agree with your article, great food does wonders for, makes a person feel oh so satisfied.

      We used to go out more to eat on special occasions, not so much anymore; I'll just go and buy the right ingredients to make something special from home. It's more relaxing to be at home and truly enjoy the meal, this way you can also just have a glass of wine and not have to worry about driving. It's nice to just sit back after a great meal and leisurely enjoy an after dinner drink.

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