heat up the Holidays with garlic, ginger and chile

Asian Persuasion–a romantic New Year’s Eve menu with a bit of spice

eat something sexyA celebration menu that captures the romance of the Orient

by Diane Brown

The principle taste sensations of Asian flavors?: hot, salty, sour and sweet. But naughty and nice? I’m looking for a fresh way to hail the New Year without the requisite over-indulgence guilt, and an Asian-themed New Year’s Eve menu seems like the way to honor a resolve to eat in a lighter, healthier fashion.

But can the flavors shine in the dazzling spotlight we hold our holiday feasts up to? I think they can – with Asian small plates that sparkle with sexy flavors, vivid colors and sensual textures.

Definitely a twist on tradition, but you might think I’m on to something when New Year’s bells ring and making a resolution for healthful repast is already crossed off your list.

a romantic New Year's Eve menu for two with the spices of the OrientAn Asian-inspired feast spices up December’s chill, not to mention adding a punch of amatory flare. Common ingredients like fresh ginger, savory seafood, and stimulating cilantro add inspiration to romantic encounters. A lively shrimp soup with hints of lemongrass and chili provides cold comfort and a libido boost, while ginger-spiked dumplings peak both palate and carnal appetite. Spices like cinnamon and anise make the season sing and taste buds ring.

Add exotic flare with a table decorated in red and gold, set with chopsticks for dining, or offering your loved one a seductive bite. After your appetite is sated, treat your mate to a pot of jasmine tea, lovingly poured for each other in true Asian form.

Make your New Year’s Eve salty and sweet, naughty and nice, with a little persuasion of the Orient.

view the asian persuasion New Year’s Eve menu recipes
Dumplings with Scallops, Green Onion and Ginger
Aromatic Shrimp Broth with Lemongrass
Broccoli with Orange Chile Oil
Asian-Spiced Fuji Apple Crumble

Diane Brown is author of The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers

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