You’ve probably heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and you’ve probably heard about chocolate increasing sexual desire too – but what about the Chinese tradition of eating tiger penis? There are plenty of weird aphrodisiacs used around the world, so brace yourself and dust off that Marvin Gaye vinyl, because things are about to get steamy.
Food & drink
I did that post-Christmas double-take earlier when I looked in the mirror and realised that one just cannot breathe in that many mince pies. I know that we’re a couple of weeks in now but there are still toffee pennies left and it feels like it would be unfair to leave them out, you know?
It’s mulled wine season! My exclamation mark suggests that I’m thrilled by this but, to be honest, I’m not that fussed. Heating the wine just seems to accelerate the hangover feelings for me. No one wants that. So, this year I shall be trying these three alternative festive drinks from around the world instead. Not all at once.
Let’s be honest, apart from seeing two people who love each other say their vows, the best part of the big day is the food, and more importantly, the cake. You’ve spent hours standing around and taking part in the pleasantries, you deserve to indulge in some marzipan goodness.
In these days of strict food labelling and paranoia over unlisted ingredients, it’s amazing that you can still buy a hamburger. They’re called ham, but everyone knows there’s no ham in them; they’re beef burgers.
With Easter almost here, what better time could there be to brush up on your egg knowledge? Here we’ll take a look at some world record eggs, some unusual ways of eating eggs and some other eggy facts that you can use to amaze your friends in between mouthfuls of chocolate…
The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another, with terms such as gelato, frozen yoghurt and sorbet being used to describe the variations and styles. There is some speculation over where and when ice cream was invented. Some historians consider it was created in the Persian Empire when people would pour fruit juices over snow, whilst others believe it has origins in China in 200 BC. Vanilla may be the most popular ice cream flavour of all time, but if you fancy something a little more adventurous why not try one of these unusual flavours whilst on your travels.
If you want to add an international flavour to your Christmas celebrations (or just fancy a year off the turkey), why not pick a dish or two from our alternative Christmas menu:
Potatoes are the world’s most popular vegetable – everybody likes them. They’re the fourth largest food crop (after rice, wheat and corn) and are a staple food for billions of people; including us here in Britain.
When something’s good, it’s often said to be “the best thing since sliced bread.” If you think about it, this saying doesn’t really make any sense – sliced bread is rubbish, it’s boring, and you’d have to be completely bonkers to believe it was mankind’s last great invention.