Thursday, December 11, 2008

Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Cocktails

Author: Louise Truswell

If you are looking for a special treat, why not spoil yourself with a Champagne cocktail? Perfect for any party or celebration, you’ll get a truly spectacular cocktail, along with all the taste of your favourite Champagne. To help you get started, give these ideas a try.

Traditional Champagne Cocktail

For the classic Champagne cocktail, add four drops of Angostura Bitters to a sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Pour on a dash of brandy and top up with Champagne. Then sit back and enjoy the taste sensation as it changes from dry to sweet.


To make this famous fruity peach cocktail, add one-third peach purée to two-thirds Champagne. Mix together and enjoy!

Black Velvet

If you fancy a change from your usual pint of beer, try mixing Champagne with stout. Sounds an odd combination but try it and see. Simply add one half Champagne with one half stout. Guinness, in particular, works a treat.

Bucks Fizz

For a simple but refreshing cocktail, mix two parts Champagne with one part orange juice and serve.

Champagne Charlie

Mix a shot of apricot brandy with Champagne for the ultimate in Champagne cocktail sophistication.

Disco Fizz

For this super bright blue cocktail, add a dash of blue curacao, elderflower cordial, pineapple juice and lemon juice to a Champagne flute, and top up with Champagne.

Emma Peel

Pour a dash of pineapple juice into a shot of cherry brandy. Simply top up with Champagne and you’ll get the perfect summery cocktail.


There are a couple of ways of making this delicious cocktail but all of the recipes have similar ingredients. Try mixing vodka, cointreau and Champagne with pineapple juice, or triple sec, vodka and Champagne with cranberry juice and a squeeze of lemon. Not sure which one to go for? Why not try them both and see!

Kir Royal

This is a traditional favourite. Simply add Champagne to crème de cassis for a super-stylish and refreshing aperitif.

So you’ve got the ideas, now’s the time to test them out! Make sure you stock up on Champagne first, by visiting our website www(dot)virginwines(dot)com/champagne

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Puffer Fish - Fugu - Japnese Sex Food

Puffer Fish, or Fugu, is a term describing several related species of fish that are consumed in Japan and Korea. Puffer fish contains a powerful poison, and people die every year from consuming fugu. Yet people persist in eating the fish, and even pay hundreds of dollars per plate. Why part with good Yen and risk death for a food? According to enthusiasts, a non-lethal dose of puffer fish toxin serves as a power stimulant and aphrodisiac.
The trick in preparing fugu is to remove just enough of the organs that contain the nerve toxin tetrodotoxin. When a non-lethal dose is consumed, it causes tingling in the lips, fingers, and toes, and other, uh, extremities. It is also a nerve poison that increases stiffness of the, um, muscles. After a time (or with a larger dose), the toxin can cause numbness and anaesthesia.
Japanese restaurants must be licensed to serve fugu, and the fugu chefs undergo a rigourous training and examination process before they can prepare this food. Fugu is now sold in some Japanese supermarkets, where it must be accompanied by a certificate from the licensed preparer. A small serving may be bought for as little as $20 in the supermarkets, while a fugu meal in a restaurant typically costs $100 or more.
Some fugu today is raised on farms, and this tends not to be very poisonous, if it is poisonous at all. Tetrodotoxin is not produced by the fish itself, but by particular bacteria that live in the fish. In an artificial environment with a controlled diet, those bacteria are less active.
Tetrodotoxin is approximately 10 times more toxic than cyanide on a milligram for milligram basis, and a single fish may contain enough toxin to kill 20 or 30 adults. Tetrodotoxin affects the sodium ion pumps in muscle and nerve cells, switching them into an on position until the poison is metabolized or excreted. Because it does not pass into the brain, this compound causes a body buzz with no direct change to conciousness. There is no antidote, only a wait and see approach supplemented by pumping the stomach or administering activated charcoal to bind up with mechanical breathing support until recovery may occur. Tetrodotoxin victims are fully conscious up until the point where they may pass out from oxygen deprivation (or extreme pain due to muscle contractions).

Friday, December 5, 2008


Increases energy and endurance
Increases stamina
Alleviates chronic exhaustion (fatigue) syndrome
Improves sexual function in men and women
Enhances fertility in people and animals
Reduces hormonal dysfunction during menopause & andropause
Can regulate hormonal irregularities
Aids in alleviating depression, gives a sense of well being, reduces anxiety
Reduces anxiety and stress
Has a beneficial action on the circulatory system;
Speeds wound healing and reduces anemia
Enhances memory, learning, and mental ability
Has a beneficial action on the circulatory system; gives skin a more youthful appearance
Helps treat anemia, rickets, osteomalacia, and stomach cancer
Good for healthy teeth and bones
Acts as a fungistatic and bacteriostatic
Acts as an anticarcinogen and antioxidant
Is an alternative to anabolic steroids, helps to build muscle
Is non addictive

1/2 Papaya peeled & chopped
1 Egg
2 Maca Roots
1/4 Cup Condensed Milk
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tbsp Honey
2-3 Cups Ice
Cooking Instructions
Place 2 maca roots in a glass jar cover with water. Close the jar and place in refrigerator to soak for at least one day.

Put maca roots and some of the soak water in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and as much ice as you'd like. Cover and blend to desired consistency.

Pour into a glass and enjoy. Maca root is used in Peruvian cuisine to enhance male and female libidos.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SEX FOOD - 5 Surprisingly Effective All-Natural Aphrodisiacs (That You Probably Have in Your Kitchen)

Forget the alcohol, Spanish Fly, Viagra, and other unmentionable sex enhancers, the most passionate aphrodisiacs are only a supermarket away. And we aren't talking about specialty items hidden in the international aisle, like some bark off a tree in South Africa, or a red-crusted algae that grows on the bottoms of a toilet seats located in Antarctica. The stuff we're talking about is common natural products that you probably already have in your refrigerator. And if you don't...then it's time to go grocery shopping, because you're going to love what these sex food can do for your sex life.

Surprisingly Sexy Ingredient #1: Cornstarch
The first item on this list isn't something you eat, it's about the feel of the cornstarch on your body (half- to full-nude body preferred). Just the initial sensation of cornstarch dropping on the skin mimics the sensation of liquid silk. Try a few drops on yourself and you'll see what I mean. Just a few sprinkles of this cool, tingly powder elixir onto the skin and you are almost guaranteed a few titillating giggles right from the get go. But don't stop at sprinkles; once you have enough on the body, take out a pastry brush and gently spread the cornstarch over your lover's entire body. Next, give a seductive full-body massage using the cornstarch instead of body oil. It may take a minute to get the pressure just right so that the cornstarch just flows across the skin through your fingertips, but once you do, it won't be too long before you are off to some other pleasures.

Surprisingly Sexy Ingredient #2: Tomatoes
Many food experts prefer to call the tomato, the "apple of love." Why is the tomato erotic? Two reasons: First of all, the sensation of eating a fresh, fully ripened, crisp, clean, juicy tomato is sexy all on its own. Watching a pair of sexy lips nibble on this fruit (or vegetable, depending on which school you belong to), is enough to make you hungry for other things. Of course, the juicier the tomato, the more chance you'll have of dribbling on yourself or your partner.but isn't that what tongues are for? Added bonus: Eating tomatoes is known to aid in sexual performance. They help calm pre-sex nerves, which can be especially helpful in a first-time-partner situation. Furthermore, the tomato is also known for improving muscle control, which can aid in a number of other between-the-sheets efforts, too.

Sexy Ingredient #3: Avocados
Okay, so now that you're in the mood and have all your muscles functioning for the action that lies ahead, it's time to prepare for the main course. Don't let that sexy tomato get lonely; add a side of avocado. The texture of the inside of this fruit is as delicate and soft as some body parts, and you can eat it or rub it on each others skin. In addition to its sensuous texture, the avocado also has a sensuous function. The high-quality Vitamin E content of this super-food can boost the state of arousal and intensity orgasm. From start (foreplay) to finish (orgasm), this little green love goddess has you covered!

Sexy Ingredient #4: Chocolate
You knew it was going to be on here...and, really, what self-respecting list of sexy natural aphrodisiacs could leave out chocolate? Is there anything sexier than a drizzle of the finest natural organic chocolate you can get your hands (or mouth) on? Chocolate is thick, smooth, creamy, and delicious, but you already knew that. It's also believed to be a natural source of phenyl ethylamine (PEA), the same feel-good chemical that the body naturally produces during those first moments of falling in love. Some studies even suggest that devouring chocolate stimulates the same feelings in the brain as making love. So, got Chocolate?

Sexy Ingredient #5: Buttermilk
Buttermilk is a popular ingredient in desserts for meals that call for a lush finale, and that same quality makes it a perfect post-coital reward, too. How? Try a buttermilk shower. The wonderful feeling of cool buttermilk poured over the body can be enough to start an encore. For the non-kitchen savvy, heed this important tip: Do not, under any circumstances, microwave or heat the buttermilk much above room temperature; doing so will make it curdle. Speaking from experience, stinky clumps of curdled buttermilk is not the best way to put an end to the evening. It's more of a humorous end—which can be memorable too—but since we're speaking about romance here, leave the laughs for that special moment when you decide it's time to share your junior high school photos instead!