FEATURE The foods of love Thinking of how to Loch Fyne Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the iconic Loch Fyne Oyster Bar 01499 600 482 www.lochfyne.com Clachan, Cairndow, Argyll, PA27 8DF WEST COAST REVIEW | 27 impress your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Why not cook his or her a gourmet feast, featuring foods that contain chemicals conducive to romance? Better yet, treat that special someone all day long with three menus scientifi cally proven to heighten those loving feelings! Husband-and-wife writing team Rolf and Gabriele Froböse, who wrote the big-selling Royal Society of Chemistry book Lust and Love: is it more than Chemistry? have come up with some menu advice for lovers that will pave the chemical way closeness and excitement. The best news? All of these foods feature in our own local larder – free range eggs, Argyll lamb, Loch Fyne oysters and lobster straight from the docks – even locally made chocolate! Things to avoid on Valentines Day? Too much alcohol, nicotine (it narrows the arteries) or green salads (lettuce acts as a lust reducer.) Breakfast Lovers can start with coffee that has been perfumed with cardamom and honey. Hot chocolate would also be wise, as it contains the happiness inducing hormone phenylethylamine. Eggs and tomatoes spiced with Tabasco would be perfect. Eggs contain cholesterol. In moderate amounts this is good for the nerve cells in order to produce the various kinds of hormones and neurotransmitters. Tomatoes contain 13 vitamins and 17 mineral supplements – this is good for fi tness. Lunch Lamb stew with saffl ower. In ancient Greece, lovers enjoyed this to enhance their libido. Try lamb stew with saffl ower: lamb contains iron and zinc and thus improves the composition of the blood. Saffl ower contains carotenoids, which stimulates the production of sex hormones. In both, the high amount of zinc acts as a stimulant. Dinner Oysters are symbols of eroticism. Together with champagne, it’s the start to an unforgettable evening. Or try Lobster Thermidor for a big wow effect. Dessert Bitter chocolate (dark) is best as it contains a high amount of happiness-inducing hormones including serotonin. Why not treat your lover to a customised box of their favourites? So plan a visit to Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, or the butcher, the fi shmonger and the chocolatier this Valentine’s Day, and get ready to prepare your love a feast that will set the buds on fi re and stoke their lust!
Review February 2017.indd
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