Love & Kisses: (Sexy!) Gluten-Free Love Foods

ipad painting by karina allrich (roses)
Roses- iPad painting by Karina

Valentine's Day is upon us. A dicey day for those of us who need to live gluten-free. In spite of our pragmatism and gritty resolve to stay healthy, we crave our romance, too. We celebrate love- in all its multitudinous incarnations, right?. We champion Love (sexy) over Fear (not sexy).

Now more than ever.

So don't worry, Darling. I've got your back.

Cooking is not only about nutrition, health and nourishment, it's a sensual experience- if done with gentle attention, generous attitude and love. Is there a cook among us who doesn't understand the seductive power of a meal stirred with lust- I mean- affection? It’s no accident that our Bubbes and grandmothers instructed us with the well-buttered axiom, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Olfactory studies reveal that men prefer culinary over floral fragrances. I kid you not.

The two sexiest scents according to men submitting to a blind sniff-off?

Pumpkin pie and vanilla.

Your granny was right. So with the delicate art of seduction in mind, I thought I'd share a short list of goddess approved Love Foods to inspire us all. Because it's all about love, Babycakes.

And if- by fate or choice- you happen to be sans a honey this particular V-day season, consider treating yourself to a gorgeous meal.

True love begins at home, I always say.



gluten-free vegan love food
Chocolate is forever a Valentine's Day favorite.

Love + Kisses: (Sexy!) Gluten-Free Love Foods

Here's a little inside info every cooking goddess 
should keep handy (gluten-free or not).


Garlic: So many fiery properties are associated with garlic. Luckily, lust is one of them. I can attest that eating copious amounts of garlic in Italy- on my honeymoon- convinced me that garlic should forever be a staple in my kitchen. Note: For those of you allergic to garlic, you might look into elephant garlic; not a true garlic, it's actually in the onion and leek family.

Grapes: I don't have to explain this one. With  mythic connections to Dionysus, wine and fertility, grapes have long been considered fruit of the Gods. And Goddesses. Serve with assorted cheeses. and Pecan Crackers.  Add wine and candlelight for full effect.

Chile Peppers: Hot and spicy- what's not to love about chile peppers? Folk lore links peppers and chiles with the fire element to enhance feelings of love and desire. Serve with margaritas and ignite a little passion. Add it to hot chocolate and stir up some trouble. And by the way, if you need to break a hex by any chance, chile pepper is your fruit of choice.

Asparagus: I’m not sure how asparagus got its reputation as an aphrodisiac without getting all Freudian here, Darling, but I do know that when prepared briefly roasted or just barely braised in a drizzle of balsamic vinegar until they turn bright green and tender-crisp, they unabashedly evoke thoughts of spring.

And after several weeks of winter, green sure sounds sexy to me.

Pasta: When I asked Steve what his favorite Love Food was (strictly for research purposes, I assure you), he said instantly, Pasta. Come to think of it, I always did have good luck serving linguine. And fortunate for us gluten-free goddesses, creamy Tinkyada white rice pasta is molto delicious.

Tomatoes: Long associated with the Goddesses Venus and Aphrodite, juicy red tomatoes are indeed a perfect love food, are they not? Paired with other sensual and lusty flavors such as garlic, basil, mint and olive oil, tomatoes can create a desire for passion and a deeper appreciation for the sensual side of life. My recommendation? Eat tomatoes daily. The smaller grape and organic vine tomatoes are usually best this iffy time of year. Yellow tomatoes are less acidic. Organic canned tomatoes are a pantry must-have.

Capers: A distinctive salty accent to many Italian and Mediterranean dishes, folk lore has it capers bring luck, lust and potency. Well, then. What are you waiting for? Toss in some capers.

Chocolate: Even though men apparently find vanilla and pumpkin pie sexy as all get out, chocolate is the one with the major reputation. I'm not going to argue. Chocolate does it for me. Though I confess I always add a hefty dose of bourbon vanilla to my chocolate recipes. Just because.


And the most important ingredient? 

You guessed it. 



L O V E




More sexy food from food bloggers:

Perfect Pantry's Aphrodisiacs in the Pantry


36 comments:

  1. Asparagus an aphrodisiac? Now I've finally convinced to introduce it to my shopping list!

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  2. mare21:50

    Even without Freud, the *sounds* one emits when eating steamed fresh seasonal asparagus with a burst of lemon would be quit the aphrodisiac!

    Uh oh...

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  3. You are extremely talented and I am so glad I stumbled upon you blog! I am a dietitian that teaches gluten free classes in my cooking studio. I am able to use your recipes and also modify some to suit our themes. Thank you very much! If there is anything ever I can do it return please let me know! XX Nancy

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  4. Now, THIS is a sexy list! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Paz ;-)

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  5. I love that men like their woman to smell like vanilla. It's so endearing somehow. Hee hee, they want us to smell like a cookie.

    I, too, love the Tinkyada pastas!

    And I agree, pie = sexxay.

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  6. My grandmother used to tell that during the Depression when perfume was just too expensive, women would apply a dab of vanilla extract behind their ears. Men found the scent irresistable!

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  7. Last year I published a list of aphrodisiac ingredients in my pantry. We should put that together with this list -- it would be irresistible!

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    1. Added a link to you. Cheers!

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  8. That pie is darn Sexy! I'm not so sure about the asparagus though...

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  9. My husband would thoroughly agree that pie is sexy. I, myself, am making eyes at that asparagus. Beautiful!

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  10. I like your writing style. Nice blog.

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  11. I love those! My husband seems to enjoy my scent when I use my coconutty lotion :-) And your iPad art of roses is amazing! Must try that myself :-)

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    1. I vote for coconut as well. I love using coconut oil!

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  12. Today I am blown away by your painting.... Is it done with a special app? It would be a great print.

    Happy Valentine's day to you too!

    Mary

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    1. Thank you- the app is called Art Rage.

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  13. Are you kidding? I didn't even see BACON on that list! I thought for *sure* bacon would be there! ;-)

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    1. Ha! Funny, for me, bacon means nap time. Not as a euphemism, either. I mean, real, true sleepy time.

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  14. Thank you so much for your recipes, Karina. And your artwork is divine! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  15. You amaze and inspire me! LOVE the roses. And the recipes. I've turned more friends onto your website than I can count and one recent GFG-subscriber I know seems to be cooking pretty much exclusively from your recipes - bravo, K!

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    1. Yay. Glad to hear it. And thank you!

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  16. I saw your beautiful painting on Pinterest... saw your name on it ... WOW Karina! I'm now even more in awe of you than ever! It's just lovely. You have the most wonderful talents.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Janet! xox

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  17. Gorgeous rose painting.
    How DO you do that?

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    1. Thank you Nina! The app I used on a iPad is called Art Rage.

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  18. Beautiful. You are so talented. Would you mind sharing the app you used for this? My husband is taking painting classes. He was blown away with your picture and would like to try using his iPad for this.

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    1. The app is called Art Rage. Have fun!

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  19. So much fun! My hubby's love food is pasta too. :) Have a great Valentine's Day with Steve!

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    1. Thank you! Have a lovely weekend, too. xox

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  20. Hey Karina... Nothing to do with the foods, but I love the painting you did on the iPad of the roses! Did you use an app? Was fortunate to see the David Hockney show in SF in January and there was a whole gallery with paintings he had done on the iPad and blew them up, printed them and mounted them on some type of board. just amazing!

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    1. Lucky you! I play around with iphoneography a lot- and have printed books/prints; it is VERY fun. The app I used here is called Art Rage.

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  21. Love love love the rose painting Karina!! Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thank you so much- and love to you, too! xox

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  22. Hi Karina. I love your blog :) I am a young gluten free baker!! I LOVE to bake, I would love to open a bakery when I am older! Please check out my blog :http://bellabakingblog.blogspot.com/. Keep posting recipes. Love it!

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