While eagle's livers, frog's bones and sea urchins have all been declared to be aphrodisiacs at one time or another, none of these makes for an easy -- or particularly romantic -- breakfast. Take advantage of those rare mornings when the kids are away by whipping up a romantic breakfast that will light your partner's heart on fire by preparing a traditional meal using a heart motif, a task that is easy to do.
Pancakes take just a few minutes to put together and whip up. Give your pancakes an unmistakable air of romance by adorning them with hearts. To do so, place approximately 1/2 cup of pancake batter in a squeeze bottle. Once the griddle is hot, use the squeeze bottle to draw the shape of a heart on the griddle. Allow to cook for 30 seconds, and then pour the pancake batter over the heart. Once your pancake is cooked, you will be able to see the heart, as the batter used to make it is cooked longer and is therefore darker. Top your pancakes with a pat of butter and real maple syrup.
Eggs are an ideal source of protein, and are a symbol of fertility, which is a romantic idea for some. They will balance the syrup-topped pancakes and give your sweetheart energy for the day. Either prepare them in your partner's favorite manner or be adventurous by flavoring scrambled eggs with seasoning mix. If you're feeling particularly energetic, add even more hearts to your romantic breakfast by cooking them in a heart-shaped egg ring. If you don't have this kitchen accessory, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter that is approximately 3.5 inches across at the widest point. Be sure to grease the ring or cutter so that the egg slides out easily.
Add slices of fresh strawberries, kiwi and pineapple to your romantic breakfast to complete the meal. Or leave the strawberries whole -- nothing says "sensual" like biting into a large, ripe strawberry. Prepare the fruit the evening before to make cooking breakfast even easier. You also can simply pick up a container of pre-sliced fruit in the produce department of your supermarket. Serve the fruit in a separate bowl so that it does not intermingle with the syrup from the pancakes.
While a Bellini or other cocktail might be appropriate for a brunch, you'll likely want to serve an alcohol-free drink first thing in the morning. Serve orange juice with a touch of grenadine to give it a romantic glow, or add some pizzazz to apple or grape juice by filling half the glass with sparkling water or club soda before adding the beverage. Serve it to your honey with a slice of orange on the rim.
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