They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. By Yuen Yi Ying
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Forget decadent (and cheesy!) oysters and champagne. Try these lesser-known libido-boosting foods like salmon and sweet potatoes for a lighter and subtler approach. And while you’re at it, why not throw in some of these moves too?
Starter: Pan-seared Salmon with Sweet Potato Mash and Tomato Sauce
Fatty acids in the fish help promote blood circulation to keep him going while sweet potatoes supply the body with beta-carotene, which is needed to form vitamin A, a nutrient that plays a part in keeping your girlie bits well-lubricated.
Serves 2 | Prep Time: 6mins | Total Time: 25mins
For the mash
400g (about 2 cups) sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
Salt and pepper to taste
For the sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ bulb white onion, finely chopped
70g tomato paste
¾ cup water
1 tbsp capers
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
2 sprigs fresh basil, ripped, plus more for garnishing
For the fish
1 tbsp olive oil
2 salmon fillets (170g each)
1. Bring a pot of water to boil, then add the sweet potatoes. Drain after 10 to 12 minutes. Mash with butter and milk; add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
2. Heat oil in a saucepan. Stir-fry the garlic and onion over medium heat. Add the other ingredients for the sauce, stir and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in another saucepan. Over high heat, pan-fry the fish skin-side down. Flip after 2 minutes (when skin crisps) and reduce heat. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Spread two tablespoonfuls of sauce on each plate, then distribute the mash evenly and lay the fish over it before garnishing with a sprig of basil.
Next: Whip up an Asparagus, Edamame and Poached Eggs main