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Food from Fifty ShadesFood plays a fairly large role in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, so, for a bit of fun, we've put together a collection of "In the Mood" foods that will fire up your appetite...for various things.
According to the buzz-kills at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sampling chocolate, oysters, and asparagus might make you feel more amorous, but it won't do a thing for your sex drive. FDA aside, we choose to believe that you can make a little magic with a mouthwatering recipe.
Why not try a few of these alleged aphrodisiac foods and recipes inspired by the novels and see what happens?
Pomegranate MargaritasChristian comes to Ana’s rescue after she imbibes in one (or five) too many margaritas, tracking her cell phone to find her. Creepy? Yes. Kind of sweet? Yes. Next time, maybe she’ll take it slow with one of these pomegranate infused margaritas.
Caramel-Cloaked Chocolate-Hazelnut TorteEarly in the first novel, Ana describes Christian’s voice as, “warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel…or something.” Sounds delicious, but we’ll settle for this caramel-cloaked torte.
Pan-Seared Cod with Basil SauceOn Ana and Christian’s first real date, they indulge in oysters to start then move on to a black cod entrée with asparagus and crushed potatoes. Start with oysters and then try this top-rated cod recipe and pair it with some mashed potatoes for your own Fifty night in.
Basic Buttermilk PancakesAfter Ana’s first night in Christian’s apartment, she makes them both pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs. There’s something wonderful about taking time to have a lazy morning with homemade pancakes for breakfast, and this basic recipe is a breeze to make.
Lemon-Shallot ScallopsThe first time Ana meets Christian’s family, they have scallops at dinner. This simple scallop dish makes for an easy, yet elegant, weeknight dinner. Serve scallops on top of either pasta or mixed greens for quick, healthy meal Christian would approve of.
Gin and TonicChristain's wine knowledge is extensive but when he isn't in the mood for wine, it's Hendricks Gin and tonic with cucumber.
Chicken-and-Veggie Stir-fryThe first time Ana has Christian over to her apartment, she discovers that he may not be as perfect as she thought. After a quick grocery shopping trip, Ana sees his “domestic” side and challenges him to chop red peppers for their chicken stir-fry. We’re hoping you have better luck chopping the veggies for this stir-fry then Christian did.
Vanilla Bean Ice CreamChristian certainly has a sweet tooth, especially for vanilla ice cream. Our hope is that you'll enjoy your vanilla ice cream in a bowl or on a cone.
Mint Iced TeaThankfully Ana's stepfather, Ray, has instilled in her the fine art of drinking a hot cup of tea to unwind and think. With a plot this twisted and steamy, she may want to consider some iced tea to cool things off. Fifty shades of Earl Grey?