Greek recipes for a romantic occasion from Chef Diane Brown
Cupid gets all of the attention for Valentine’s Day. Of course, we identify this lover’s holiday with his cherubic image. But his Greek counterpart, Eros, is rarely as iconic. That’s why I’ve created this romantic, Greek menu inspired by Eros.
Now, you won’t find his name used in a Hallmark card poem, or as the title of a dating website. His name doesn’t show up as a new dance craze or the title of a movie, alas, it’s considered too obscure. In the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the provincial father cites that Greek is the root of all words. If everything that is original is Greek, what happened to Eros?
The Greek god of sexual desire
Eros is, after all, the Greek god of love. But he is also the god of sexual desire. He was worshiped as a fertility god, and believed to be a contemporary of the primeval Chaos, which makes Eros one of the oldest gods.
The Greek Golden Arrow
Eros, like Cupid of Roman mythology, is depicted as a young winged boy, with his bow and arrows poised to shoot into the heart of gods or mortals, rousing them to desire. Eros’ arrows were said to come in two types: golden with dove feathers which aroused love, or leaden arrows which had owl feathers that caused indifference. That’s why I call this dinner my Greek Golden Arrow menu.
A simple Greek menu for romance
Invite the Greek golden arrow into your Valentine’s Day or any romantic dinner with these Greek menu ideas celebrating Eros. Serve your darling this romantic menu including a trio of luscious, light Greek salads, all infused with ingredients noted as potent aphrodisiacs. And then choose your moment wisely to let it slip that this romantic dinner menu was inspired by the Greek god of sexual desire.
Add an aphrodisiac cocktail
Don’t forget to stir up an amatory cocktail. My romantic cocktail for this Greek-themed dinner is called, of course, The Aphrodisiac. And it is potent with pomegranate. Make the evening even sexier by serving sans utensils, using your hands to dip, lick and sup. Feed your darling a loving bite, and bring Eros to life.
Diane Brown is author of The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers
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