“Have you ever thought that most any food can be aphrodisiac? Even ones that you never read about in the books?”
“For example?” he asked.
“Well, oils infused with herbs or chilis. Nuts with a crunchy, buttery glaze. Fettucini or spaghetti or even ramen. There’s something very sexy about noodles.” James laughed and said, “You mean the slurp factor?”
“Yes. Sucking the end of a long ribbon of pasta into your mouth, and the texture of an al dente noodle, that toothy bite. When I was a girl and read the expurgated children’s version of Gulliver’s Travels, I used to wish I was a Lilliputian, so I could dive into a bowl of soup or spaghetti and wrap myself round and round in the hot, wet noodles.”
He chuckled. “I’ll grant you, that sounds good.”
“Does it? We could try it on you. In fact, I have some lasagna noodles that would be perfect for cooking up with a really buttery alfredo sauce and rolling around–” He put two fingers over her lips.
“It’s getting late. Go upstairs and get in bed. I’ll finish clearing up.”*
I have a theory about noodles. I think they have been shortchanged when it comes to appreciation of their aphrodisiac powers. Consider:
Too many foods are considered “aphrodisiac” because of their shape (asparagus, oysters) or their supposedly stimulating thermal qualities (ginger, hot peppers). By the rules of sympathetic magic, noodles (at least after they’re cooked) ought to be out of the running. BUT the true measure of an aphrodisiac food ought to be its impact on the senses, whether we crave it, and whether it’s fun to eat in bed.
The noodle: custom cannot stale its infinite variety. Other foods cloy the appetites they feed, but the noodle makes hungry where most it satisfies.
*For the quotation at the beginning of the post, see my book New York Groove (second in a trilogy).
True, a sensual food doesn’t have to be the ‘old school’ version (as you stated, oysters, asparagus, or chocolate dipped strawberries). I have always thought of rice noodles as strangely sexy but never stated it, until now! I had a wee squiz at your book link, wish it was on kindle!
All my books are on Kindle! Here’s the UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-York-Groove-Linnet-Moss-ebook/dp/B008TW7JLO/ref=sr_1_4_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1399291026&sr=8-4&keywords=linnet+moss
BUT: this book is the second in a trilogy. The first one is London Broil. If you end up reading one of them, let me know! And thanks for mentioning the link. I’m going to change it to the Kindle version and add a note that it is Book Two.
Cool, I just purchased London Broil. I love books with food as part of the storyline.
Many thanks! I think you’ll recognize my blend of food and eros in the book 😉 That was the first one I wrote, and it’s still my favorite.
Mmmmmmmh… nice fat, juicy, chewy udon … I want some now!!!
Yes, they are my favorite noodles because they are so plump and toothsome! Voluptuous, one might say…
It’s just before lunch, I need to get some more work done, and you’re NOT helping!
It’s just after breakfast, and I’m already getting hungry again 😉
Mmm…you had me at noodles. People that shun pasta are not to be trusted. Give me a bowl of noodles and I’ll be your friend for life.
Yes! I think noodles should be passed around at all tense negotiations. Would make the world a much happier place.
Expat Eye said:
Aw, I love Lady and the Tramp! Sold!
Yes, I thought they made the perfect illustration!
Meghan Masterson said:
Much as I love noodles, this line was the most seductive for me: “Go upstairs and get in bed. I’ll finish clearing up.” Ah, so nice when someone else does the dishes!
I’ve always thought risotto has some aphrodisiac qualities too. I guess because of the
Meghan Masterson said:
Accidentally posted before I finished typing! Anyway, it’s the texture of risotto.
I agree with you regarding the silky texture of a properly-made risotto!
And thanks for the comment on that line. One of James’ most attractive qualities is his penchant for housecleaning! To say nothing of cooking.