Raised in Australia by Greek-Italian parents, Harry Lalousis has always had a passion for good, hearty food. Maille appointed Harry to become a mustard sommelier, the profession which La Maison Maille has had in their boutiques since 1747, training at Maille’s boutique in London, UK. Through this extensive training, Harry has amassed a wealth of knowledge on the process of growing mustard seeds, the production of mustard, mustard flavour profiles, food trends and more. Each month, Harry will share his tips for cooking with mustard on Maille.ca.
There’s more to put you in the mood for love than chocolate and oysters. Surprisingly, in addition to asparagus, bananas, almonds, vanilla and licorice, mustard is amongst the foods known to spur-up romance. With Valentine’s Day upon us, a romantic affair wouldn’t be complete without a well thought out tête-à-tête. A sensual act in itself, cooking can be the start to a very passionate evening but you won’t need to invent a love potion to seduce your sweetheart this year. Create a dish that includes some mood-enhancing, love-inducing ingredients to increase your chances to go from the kitchen to the bedroom this Valentine’s Day.
Aphrodisiacs – foods proven to have lust-inducing properties – have been around for centuries. Some of the essential nutrients that are recognized to maintain sexual health and a strong sex drive include foods rich in zinc, selenium, magnesium and omega 3s (to only name a few). Known to send blood flow to all the right places in the body, it is the pungency of spicy mustard that was identified as an libido boosting food because to its ability to create a warming sensation that releases happy endorphins and causes a rise adrenalin. Believed to stimulate the sexual glands and increase desire, the potent aphrodisiac was even banned in monasteries during the Middle Ages as it was assumed that consuming mustard would lead the men of God down the path to temptation.
So leave the chocolate dipped strawberries for amateurs and create a mustard based menu for your dinner for two this Valentine’s Day. Visit the recipe section to find cocktails, mains and even dessert recipes all made with Maille mustards. Tag me on your photos on Twitter or Instagram by using #AskMaille to get a chance to win a prize pack this month or if you have questions or need inspiration! Happy Valentines Day!