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Valentine's Day, in the kitchen there is (also) chilli – Italian Cuisine


Prepare a special dinner for your partner, winking at traditionally aphrodisiac ingredients but without exaggerating, because in addition to feeling, play and complicity count


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Valentine's Day is approaching and we start thinking about a special dinner for someone special. Cooking for Valentine's Day is a great way to save time, avoid the stress of booking – and eating out, during this period – but above all to make the day super special because it is personal. Let's not forget that in addition to food,atmosphere contributes to mood of the evening.

Making food for someone you love, whether it's a new friend or long-time partner, adds an intimate touch to a party that otherwise risks falling into the commercial. After all, loving through food has always been part of Italian culture. Through the dishes, you can communicate emotions, feelings and, why not, put people in the right mood for an all-round romantic evening. Let's see if we can insert some "help" in our menu …

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Chilli and that feeling of heat
It will be no coincidence that the menus suggested for the day dedicated to Love often wink at those who define themselves aphrodisiac foods, suggested by tradition more than by science in most cases, but the “you never know” is valid. The term derives from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, patroness of love, beauty and all pleasures: it is said that foods such as molluscs and crustaceans, some fruits, root vegetables, spices, seeds, chillies all enjoyed her favor. It is true that some musts of the romantic cuisine they are supported by scientific principles, such as the chili. Red and tantalizing, it contains capsaicin, the substance responsible for the spiciness and subsequent flushing (with relative increase in heart rate) that spicy food causes. A dish with spices and chilli can thus turn out to be spicy in more than one sense.

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Chocolate and butterflies in the stomach
Although geographically and historically distant from Aphrodite, the chocolate (the dark one) legitimately boasts the term aphrodisiac because it contains substances known to increase the feeling of well-being, neurotransmitters that positively influence mood – such as serotonin and endorphin – and phenylethylamine, which released in the brain causes a set of sensations such as euphoria, butterflies in the stomach, shaking. The darker the better, the higher amounts of serotonin are found in 85% chocolate.
We all know the antidepressant effect of the food of the Gods: various studies have shown that the craving for chocolate (call craving) is not a way of saying and does not derive only from appreciating its taste, aroma and texture, but also from the release of these substances. Cocoa also contains theobromine and caffeine, which raise the attention level of the brain and remove the feeling of fatigue. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, who accompanied the conquistador Hernán Cortéz to Mexico, in 1632 wrote in his Historia verdadera de la conquest de la Nueva España, that the Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 cups of a cocoa and chilli-based drink every day called cacahuatl before visiting his concubines!

Some spices such as turmeric and the cayenne pepper they can awaken the senses by tingling the mouth and stimulating salivation while ginseng And ginger they are known for their energizing and vasodilating power. Celery And pumpkin they stimulate the sense of smell, while it seems that the aphrodisiac properties attributed to oysters, crustaceans and truffles mainly reside in their exclusivity. But it seems they still work …

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Some advice
Avoid excessively heavy foods or difficult to digest; alcohol is fine (excellent Red wine), without exaggerating. No garlic, for the obvious reasons, unless you're two aficionados. Better to leave out the spinach, which can remain between the teeth. Yes to dishes to share, because they stimulate complicity.

We suggest some ideas for your dinner, such as croquettes on a stick, to be accompanied with a delicious but delicious geleia de pimenta; you can continue with elegant black spaghetti with prawns and peppers or spectacular pepper ingots with tortellini with truffles; to divide a splendid tagliata with spicy fruit salad served with chili tomatoes and avocado.

Grand finale is the dessert, naturally chocolaty: the Devil's Food cake, to be nibbled together during the evening.

And remember that if in the end you decide to cook your partner's favorite dish (you have all the recipes of Sale & Pepe available), maybe doing it together, the evening will go just as well.

Francesca Tagliabue

Posted on 09/02/2022


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Muffins for Valentine's Day: the most delicious ideas to celebrate – Italian Cuisine

Muffins for Valentine's Day: the most delicious ideas to celebrate

A gift idea made with the heart for Valentine's Day? Certainly something cooked with your hands. Like these romantic muffins, for example. Here are the recipes

Saint Valentine, the Valentine's day is around the corner. Are you still short of ideas on what to give to your beloved? Here is a not brilliant idea, but certainly full of love: cook for your partner. Yes, prepare him a gift that speaks of your commitment and your dedication. Like, for example, a sweet: like i muffin that you find below, which require some time to prepare, but are so beautiful to look at and good to eat.
Even better, if you decide to cook them together: tie your aprons, take a handful of flour and then end up "making war", giving each other a kiss, it's a moment.
Below you will find the recipes of the most romantic muffins ever, while in our gallery some advice to make them even better. Happy Saint Valentine's!

Berries muffins


200 g of flour
200 g of berries
180 ml of milk
2 eggs
1 sachet of yeast
100 g of sugar
80 g of butter


Start by combining the eggs and sugar in a bowl, whipping them until the mixture is clear. Now add the melted butter and continue mixing. Sift in the flour along with the baking powder and continue mixing. At this point, add the milk slowly, stir again, finally add the berries, incorporating them evenly. Now it's time to grease and flour the muffin tins, then fill them with some mixture. Now bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for 20 minutes.

Strawberry muffins


300 g of flour
8 g of yeast
150 g of sugar
80 g of butter
125 g of whole yogurt
1 egg
100 ml of milk
200 g of strawberries


First, peel the strawberries, washing them and removing the stalk, then reduce them into small pieces. In a bowl, combine the sifted flour, baking powder and sugar, and start mixing. Then, add the egg, milk and yogurt. Stir again. Now add the strawberries and melted butter. Mix well and pour the mixture into the muffin molds. Now bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for 20 minutes.

Muffin red velvet


60 g of butter
45 g of dark chocolate
280 g of flour 00
40 g of bitter cocoa
1 sachet of baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of baking soda
130 g of sugar
160 ml of milk
1/2 vial of vanilla
28 ml of red food coloring
2 eggs
180 g of chocolate chips


Take a saucepan and melt the butter and dark chocolate in a double boiler. Then let the mixture cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Season with salt, add a pinch of baking soda and continue stirring. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and red food coloring, mixing until smooth. Now is the time to combine the two compounds and, always stirring, to add the chocolate chips. Take the muffin molds, pour the dough into them. Put in the oven at 200 ° C, but after five minutes, reduce the temperature to 180 °. Cook for another quarter of an hour.

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First, whip the egg whites together with the seed oil until you get a firm meringue, then add the sifted cocoa and flour.

Stir with a spoon, then also incorporate the sugar: you should obtain a compact dough, workable with your hands.

Divide the mixture into small portions, shape them into balls and place them gradually on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, slightly separated from each other.
Bake for about 10 minutes at 180 ° C in a preheated convection oven, then sofrnate and let it cool completely.

The chocolate cereals are ready, you just have to taste them, or you can keep them in an airtight container at room temperature.

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