Thursday, June 17, 2010

What's the Joy of Sex, without the Joy of Food? How many of us are intrigued by the correlation between satisfying your hunger both with food and sex? Guest blogger and avid foodie Sanura Weathers, the woman behind My Life Runs On Food, shares with us her twist on a simple yet adored american classic! Post-Coital treat maybe? ;-)

When Portia Walker, the Editor-in-chief of She’s So New York asked for a post about aphrodisiac foods, I knew peanuts would be the impromptu ingredient on an already planned menu that includes making strawberry ice cream. Strawberries, especially the local variety, are a well known sensual fruit. In New York, they’re in season from late May to mid-June. Ever had a tiny, juicy strawberry from a farmer’s market? It’s more sensual in taste than a commercial brand that falsely advertises their berries to be the sweetest. At least one recipe using local strawberries was desired for a summer menu. The question is how can peanuts be incorporated into an already planned menu that attempts to make one dessert per week?

Nothing spoils the taste of peanut butter like unrequited love. - Charlie Brown

Here’s a simple survey that doesn’t involve extensive psychological analysis. Randomly survey a group of men about their taste for peanuts, and the majority of them will drool over hearing the word. Here’s an observation: Open a jar of peanut butter in front of the same group of men, and they’ll turn to butter in your hands. Don’t be surprised, if more men want to participate, because they want a sniff of their favorite aroma. Peanut butter is a man’s Kryptonite.

How can a guy’s happy nut and a girl’s sweet strawberry be combined in the same dish? The inspiration is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that has proven how two different ingredients have an unlikely delicious chemistry of taste. Does this sound like many relationships? However, a romantic meal of peanut butter and jelly is like asking for quickie relationship. An ice cream sandwich is more of a whimsical, elegant idea. Either make strawberry ice cream with the recipe provided below or purchase a high quality brand. Sandwich it in between two Salted Peanut Cookies (a simple recipe provided below), and there’s an aphrodisiacal recipe for She’s So New York:

Strawberry Ice Cream


3 cups half-and-half

6 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the half-and-half until steam begins to rise from the surface, 4 to 5 minutes.

2. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until blended. Gradually add the hot half-and-half, whisking constantly until fully incorporated. Transfer the mixture to a clean saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 8 to 10 minutes; do not allow the custard to boil.

3. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve set over a clean bowl and stir in the strawberries and vanilla. Nestle the bowl in a larger one filled halfway with ice and water and cool the custard to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

4. Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving.

Makes about 1 quart.

Strawberry Ice Cream recipe reproduced from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

Salted Peanut Cookies


3 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup (2-4 oz. sticks) butter

1-1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups salted peanuts


1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Light butter the bottom of two baking sheets and the bottom of a glass. (optional) Dip the glass in sugar. Place aside.
2. Cream the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
3. As the butter and sugar is creaming, measure and sift the flour and the baking soda together. Set aside.

4. Mix the eggs and the vanilla extract into the butter mixture.

5. Add flour and mix until just incorporated. Add peanuts to the cookie batter and mix well.

6. Drop cookie dough by the teaspoon, two inches apart on the baking sheets.

7. (Optional) Using the sugar lined bottom of the glass, press the glass gently onto of the cookies to flatten them. Continue sugaring the bottom of the glass when the dough sticks to the bottom.

8. Place baking sheet into the oven. Bake cookies for 10 to 13 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown.

9. Immediately transfer cookies to a metal rack to cook completely.

Salted Peanut Cookie recipe reproduce from Hilaire Walden’s “The Great Big Cookie Book”.

To Assemble the Salted Peanut Cookie and Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich


2 Salted Peanut Cookies

1 scoop of strawberry ice cream


1. Lay the first cookie, bottom side up on a plate. Place a scoop of strawberry ice cream on top. Place the second cookie, bottom side down, on top of the ice cream. Repeat with other cookies and ice cream.

2. Enjoy!

Ms. Weathers shares her love for cooking on her blog My Life Runs On Food. Follow her on twitter and facebook!

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