Food to get you in the mood

Aphrodisiac dish with chef Aarum Hurse. (ABC7)

Whether you’re looking to spice things up with your Valentine or need an erotic overhaul, a menu of aphrodisiac dish can help rekindle the spark. Chef Aarum Hurse helped stimulate desires with flavorful food to get you in the mood. Check out her book "Culinary Cool Everyday Food."

Honey Trap - Bruschetta with Ricotta, Lemon, Basil & Honey


  • 1 loaf baguette bread, sliced and toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 2 Tbsp. basil leaves
  • Honey, for drizzling


  • Preheat oven to broil; lightly toast one side of the baguette toasts for about a minute. Turnover, drizzle with olive oil. Toast again until lightly brown.
  • Mix fresh ricotta with lemon zest, and spread onto toasts.
  • Add a few basil leaves; drizzle with honey. Serve!

Let’s Get Dirty - Red Rose Dirty Rice

  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep:25 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield:12 servings


  • 1 pound turkey sausage
  • ½ cup of truffle oil
  • 1 cup chopped basil
  • 1 cup of Asparagus (roast before adding to dish)
  • 1 cup of roasted corn (roast before adding to dish)
  • 1 cup of chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh roses
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Cook the turkey sausage and garlic in a large skillet until browned. Add corn, asparagus, basil and roses and until mixed together ( 5mins), top with truffle oil and gently fold in the rice. Season, to taste, with salt and top with a few more fresh roses

Kiss Me Now - Chocolate-Dipped Mint Leaves


  • 1 oz milk chocolate, 70% cocoa, broken into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 10 large fresh mint leaves


  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring after each microwave session.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the mint leaves with the melted chocolate on both sides.
  • Place the chocolate mint leaves on wax paper and place sheet into the freezer for 30 minutes till chocolate is firm and chilled, up to 5 hours.

Stay The Night-Blackberry-Gin Fizz


  • Makes 8 Servings
  • 1 6–ounce container blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups gin
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
  • 8 sprigs Thai basil or sweet basil
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