Our favorite breakfast recipes using aphrodisiac ingredients

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Citrus Massaged Kale with Oyster Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs

Citrus Massaged Kale Salad RecipeKale is one of those superfoods that’s hard to get into. It’s flavor is slightly bitter and its texture is tough. So what if it’s an aphrodisiac if you can’t enjoy it?

But massaged kale is a whole different story. It might seem weird at first to give a bowl of greens a rubdown but just think of it as a prelude to a night of seduction. Because when it’s massaged right, the kale is tenderized. The leaves will shrink and as that happens, they lose their bitterness. And suddenly kale is a key ingredient for an aphrodisiac meal. Here I used it to showcase the simple, delicate flavors and slippery textures of scrambled egg and oyster mushroom, each an aphrodisiac in its own right. Then I topped it with cheese and sesame seeds–two more aphrodisiacs. And just to make sure this meal had it all, I added fresh tangerine juice, which is on my list of the 10 Best Foods for Women. Get ready to turn kale from an ordinary, chewy, old green into a vehicle for passion.

Citrus Massaged Kale Salad Recipe

Citrus Massaged Kale with Oyster Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs

Dish Type: Salad
Diet and Health: healthy-ish
Ingredient: eggs, kale
Servings: 4 servings
Created by: Amy Reiley


For the dressing:

  • juice of 1 tangerine
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

For the salad:

  • 6 cups roughly chopped curly kale thick stems removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 oz oyster mushrooms
  • 3 tsp butter separated
  • salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • I tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese


For the dressing:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk for 30 seconds to incorporate.

For the salad:

  1. Add the kale and olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Massage the kale with the oil for 1-2 minutes until all the leaves are coated and soft. Set aside.
  2. Separate oyster mushroom clusters into individual mushrooms. Lightly rinse off any dirt.
  3. In a medium sauté pan, melt 2 tsp of butter. Add the oyster mushrooms in a single layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Do move the mushrooms—don’t prod or sauté. Allow them to brown slightly before flipping. Repeat on the other side.
  4. While the mushrooms are cooking, crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and scramble with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  5. Remove the oyster mushrooms from the pan and add them to the bowl of kale.
  6. Melt the remaining teaspoon of butter to the pan and allow it to melt. Coat the pan then add the eggs. Scramble lightly until just cooked.
  7. While the eggs are cooking, add the sesame seeds, Parmesan and dressing to the bowl of kale. Toss the mixture to coat.
  8. Top the salad with the scrambled eggs. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Recipe for Lemon Scones with Blackberries from Carla Snyder

lemon scones with blackberriesThere’s something sexy about scones. Sure, they’re the staple of the most proper meal of all time, high tea. But then when you think about eating them in bed–crumbs be damned–served hot with someone even hotter by your side, you see scones’ serious sex appeal! And this version, from our friend and one of our favorite contributors, Carla Snyder, layers up traditional scones with with a spark of citrus and a burst of blackberry. Read more


Fig & Tulsi Lassi Recipe with Honey and Almonds

Fig Lassi RecipeThis recipe comes to us from Nandita Godbole’s A Dozen Ways To Celebrate: Twelve Decadent Indian Feasts For The Culinary Indulgent. We love Nandita’s philosophy that food should be experienced, not just consumed. Her Fig & Tulsi Lassi offers an experience that hints both at the flavors of summer and something sensually exotic. Read more

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hard cooked eggs in brown butter with roasted asparagus

hard cooked eggs with brown butter and asparagusThis is one of my all-time favorite spring recipes. It’s also one of the best ideas ever for using hard boiled eggs. I can’t take credit for the idea–my mother came up with it, I simply refined it a little.

If you haven’t experimented with brown butter, I think you’re going to be surprised at how easy it is to make. Read more

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe–a simple recipe for a classic loaf

traditional Irish Soda Bread--so easy!With a name like Reiley I ought to know how to make a loaf of soda bread! Actually, I was taught this soda bread recipe by the owner of a pub in Ireland’s southwest. The key to this hearty loaf is high-quality, stone ground wheat flour. This kind of flour seems to be ubiquitous in Ireland but it’s definitely more rare on North American shores. It may take a little searching but the results are worth the effort. Read more