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Fall in Love with Food


5th February 2018

You can tell it’s going to be Valentine’s Day soon! To be honest you can’t really miss it can you?! Virtually every shop is splashed in red Valentine marketing including everything from hearts to roses. It’s become such a commercial affair but it’s still a great time to tell those closest to us how much we love them. So as February 14th approaches, cards, gifts and flowers are exchanged all around the world.

It’s also customary to enjoy a romantic dinner or special meal on Valentine’s Day. It may be enjoyed in a restaurant or indeed cooked and savoured in your own home but wherever you have it, food has always played an important role in love.

It’s always been said that ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ and it’s likely many women would also be equally tempted!  Named after the goddess of sexual love and beauty, Aphrodite, there are many foods considered to be aphrodisiacs. They are reported to increase your sex drive and feelings of desire and love.

However, there’s very little scientific proof about this, although it’s well known that some foods do stimulate specific body systems, causing increased heart rate and blood flow. These changes alone may assist in the road to love! Alternatively, aphrodisiacs may only have a placebo effect by making us think they actually promote love and desire. Here are a few well known foods along with others which are less known which could be considered to be aphrodisiacs. You might want to experiment!

  • Garlic
  • Fennel
  • Asparagus
  • Figs
  • Oysters
  • Caviar
  • Ginger
  • Horseradish
  • Nutmeg
  • Champagne
  • Truffle
  • Ginseng

Why not create your own romantic meal this Valentine’s Day – here’s a perfect dessert to share with that special someone in your life.

Mousse au chocolat

Gascony Cookery School Mousse au Chocolat


  • 18 Eggs
  • 500g of Chocolate
  • 250g of Butter
  • The zest of a lemon


  • Separate the whites from the yolks
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a bain marie or in the microwave
  • Beat the whites of the eggs into stiff peaks
  • Mix together the butter and chocolate. Add to the mixture the egg yolks and the lemon zest
  • Incorporate half of the egg whites to the mixture, mix well.
  • Lightly fold in the remaining egg whites before pouring gently into serving dishes.

Enjoy this gorgeous dessert with love from us all at the Gascony Cookery School. And don’t forget, if you want to treat your loved one to a special gift this Valentine’s, why not book one of our courses here.

David, Vikki & Bernard

David, Vikki & Bernard

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