Wednesday Food: Food & Sex Part 2

It's February 1st - Let the love begin!

It's never too early to start talking about Valentine's Day and we here at StellaBella know how important it can be to plan ahead.  Not to mention, we have many other ideas cooking up for the month of LOVE.  So let's get started!

As I mentioned before, I am currently working in the field of sexuality education, while on hiatus from the restaurant biz, and 1 question that always comes up around Valentine's Day - is about body paints.  No matter how hard the adult industry, or anybody else tries, they will not be able to make chocolate body paints that taste good.  And really it's not their fault.  The amount of preservatives you have to put in it to make it last in a jar, for however long, will always result in a plastic-like taste.  GROSS!  And as far as body paints with color like red, yellow or blue?  They usually end up tasting bitter because of the dye, and will stain your skin, clothing, sheets and so on.  Talk about a mood killer, huh?

So, my advice is always to make it yourself!  You're basically going to be making a softer ganache.  Remember the truffles we made a little while ago?  Well this is very similar, except more cream and less chocolate.  And not only can you use this for painting, licking and teasing - but I will give you a few other uses for the ganache!

I wanted to give choices for the body paint, so we have 3 different kinds of chocolate you can use.  The white chocolate can easily be made into pink by adding some pureed (strained) raspberries, strawberries or blueberries for a purple color.  Just a little, so you get a nice pink hue to the chocolate.  It's not really the time of year for these fruits, but you always have the frozen option.   

Dark Chocolate Ganache
4 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1c. heavy cream

Milk Chocolate Ganache
4 oz. milk chocolate, chopped
1/3c. + 2 T. heavy cream

White Chocolate Ganache
4 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1/3c. heavy cream

1) The method is the same for all these recipes.  Chop the chocolate and put in a small or medium size bowl.  Do this first because the cream will not take long to heat!
2) Put the cream in a small pot on medium heat till its starts scalding (bubbles along the sides of the pot).  Don't worry if it starts bubbling up, its not going to hurt this recipe too much!

3) When the cream is hot, pour it over the chocolate and let it set for a minute.  Start with a rubber spatula to stir it together but you may want to finish with a whisk to smooth it out.

- NO JOKE - ganache takes no more than 5 minutes of your time! 

* DO NOT use a wooden spoon to stir the chocolate!  Water is the enemy of chocolate and wood spoons can harbor moisture.  Use a rubber or silicone spatula when working with chocolate.

If you are using the ganache now, let it cool a bit and have fun!  But if your planning ahead, let it come to room temperature, cover with saran wrap and put it in the fridge.  It will hold for about 5 days.

An idea that I had while making this was to make your body a sexy little treasure map!!  Make a trail leading around to all your (or your partner/s!) hot spots such as your neck, the lower back, nipples, behind the knees, ankles and so on.  X marks the spot and when your partner gets home they can find your buried treasure!

How else can we play??  Well, you can put it in a mixer and whip to a very delicious whipped cream.  Start slow and it won't take too long!  You can do that after the ganache has set in the fridge for an hour or so or overnight  Lick it off the body or dip some fruit in it and feed it to each other!  You can also warm it to make a chocolate fondue, maybe add a splash of liqueur for alittle zing!

Say your not feeling frisky, and you want a relaxing night with your partner.  Snuggle on the couch with some hot chocolate and a romantic movie???  All you have to do is get the ganache back to a liquid state, (melt it on the stove top if it hardened in the fridge), add some milk and heat.  It will be the best hot chocolate you've ever had!

* SAFETY!  If you are using latex barriers (condoms, dental dams, gloves), DO NOT get the body paint on the latex!  It will break it down because of the oils.  ALSO, best not to get the chocolate inside the vagina because oils can be bothersome and it can offset your pH possibly causing a yeast infection.

What a great kick start to the month of LOVE here at StellaBella!  Stay tuned for more ideas for the kitchen this Valentine's Day!

Remember, when the kitchen gets too hot, get back in there and make sweaty, hot love!  Ha Ha!


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