In the spirit of Bealtaine, I made this sexy salad tonight. As with Hexennacht’s dangerous muffins (https://ravensblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/dangerous-muffins), I included several ingredients that are thought to be aphrodisiacs; asparagus, almonds, avocado, basil, pine nuts, olive oil and pumpkin seeds. So proceed with caution.
- 100g asparagus
- handful of chopped almonds
- 1 avocado
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- Something like 1/3 of a lettuce
- 1/3 of a cucumber
- 6 or so cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (we used Mayola by Grano Vito, though to be honest it’s more like salad cream than mayo)
- 2 teaspoons vegan basil pesto (we used Scala Italia No 9)
- Couscous, quinoa, rice or new potatoes, to serve.
Put the asparagus under the grill. Meanwhile, chop all the salad veg and mix the pesto into the mayo. Once everything is cooked and ready, you have two options; if this is destined to be a romantic Bealtaine dinner, mix up the salad veg, almonds and carbs of your choice with the pesto dressing, arrange the asparagus artfully on the top and then scatter over the pumpkin seeds. If, on the other hand, you’re exhausted and depressed but you went out and brought these ingredients specially so you *are* going to use them dammit, then just mix it all up, stick it in a salad bowl and let people help themselves.
This should serve 2-3 people (I mean, Husband and I ate the lot, but to be honest there probably was enough to feed three).
In 19th century France bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus before their wedding, and the 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpepper also had them down as libido-enhancers. They do contain folic acid, which apparently boosts histamine production – histamine being necessary for climax.
The Aztecs actually called the avocado the testicle tree (ahuacuatl), and Catholic priests from Spain found is so offensively sexual that they banned people from eating it. Like asparagus, it contains potassium, several vitamins, and that all-important folic acid. It also contains a good amount of vitamin E, which helps to keep you energetic.
The pine nuts in the pesto are high in zinc, which has been linked to having a healthy sex drive. The smell of basil in the pesto is supposed to be arousing, and the olive oil is useful too.
Finally, the pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, which helps testosterone to enter the bloodstream.
Let me know if you tried this, or if you found any other cool foods to add or substitute 🙂