This exotic and incredibly aphrodisiac dinner plan offers a fresh way to hail the New Year without the requisite over-indulgence guilt. Instead of putting every luxury food I can afford into one evening’s menu, I’ve created this romantic New Year’s Eve dinner around the sensuality of Asian spices. Think salty, sweet and spicy as well as naughty and nice.
A romantic menu of sensual foods
As an aphrodisiac foods cookbook author, I’ve been creating menus for two for many years. And one of my favorite occasions for playing with the sensuality of food is New Year’s Eve. And this menu is one of my favorites because of its variety of sensory pleasures and aphrodisiac ingredients.
An Asian-inspired New Year’s Eve dinner for two spices up December’s chill as it fans the flames of romance. Common ingredients like fresh ginger, savory seafood and stimulating cilantro add inspiration to a romantic New Year’s Eve. A lively shrimp soup with hints of lemongrass and aphrodisiac chili provides cold comfort and a libido boost, while ginger-spiked dumplings peak both palate and carnal appetite. Spices like cinnamon and anise are known for warming the body as they make the taste buds sing.
I’ve kept the menu light to inspire a new year of healthful eating. Since most of us who make resolutions usually weave a promise to make healthier food choices into our New Year’s promise, I felt it was important to create a menu that will send you on this journey right from the start.
Table inspiration for your New Year’s Eve dinner for two
I believe in carefully setting the tone for a romantic evening. For this special dinner, I recommend table decor in reds and golds. Set the table with chopsticks. Feeding your lover from your own chopsticks can set a playfully romantic tone. Consider adding one of his or her favorite bottles of wine and perhaps a bottle of bubbles chilling for a midnight toast. But beware of overindulgence. After your appetite is sated, treat your mate to a pot of jasmine tea, lovingly poured for each other. Make your New Year’s Eve salty and sweet, naughty and nice and set the tone for a romantic new year.
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 the author of The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers
Featured image by Alsu Vershinina
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