Valentines day around the world has become big business. At the end of the day however the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, what better way to show your affection, than to cook them a mouth-watering meal. And to go the extra mile, choose ingredients with aphrodisiac qualities.  Instead of recipes, this week we give you menu ideas  and point you to website recipes. A number of our favourite ingredients have secret aphrodisiac powers, so incorporate them in your cooking  – oysters, asparagus, garlic, avocados, basil, figs, almonds, bananas and chocolate.


How about taking the morning off and have a romantic breakfast in the kitchen together.


Romantic dinner for two

If you’re doing a dinner after a busy day in the office, then keep it simple.  Again with a little planning you can put something really spectacular together.  Open  a good bottle of South African sparkling wine  – Cap Classique is the name given to South Africa’s version of champagne or quality sparkling wine.




  • To finish the meal you should definitely do chocolate, either a Gordon Ramsay Chocolate fondant or James Martin’s Chocolate & almond puds with boozy hot chocolate sauce, both make-ahead puds that are easy, and look glamorous. If however chocolate is definitely not for you, then go for a simple Creme Brulee, also a wow dessert that can be made ahead of time.

Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. Cookery classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – teambuilding cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference. Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.