A Richer, More Fulfilling Sex Life: Spring Recipes to Boost Your Mood!
〜Chinese Spring Soup & Spiced Miso-Grilled Chicken〜
In the last issue, Eros Food Creator Mayunam gave us a recipe using winter food ingredients. This time chef Mayunam will share with us a recipe using spring ingredients that will help boost the hormones to make you feel happy. Be sure to read Chef Mayunam's useful tips as well!
Mayunam is also the director of the Eros Food Research Institute.
She develops recipes and researches ingredients that help activate various bodily functions necessary to help enhance sex, which she calls "Eros Food".
- Which Ingredients are Good for Women's Health?
- Recipe 1: Chinese Spring Soup to Soothe the Soul
- Recipe 2: Spiced Miso-Grilled Chicken to Set the Mood
- Final Message from Chef Mayunam
Which Ingredients are Good for Women's Health?
In this section, Mayunam tells us about the ingredients that are good for women's health, what they contain, and how they affect your body.
Canola (rapeseed plant, or "nanohana" in Japanese) is rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce stress. It is also high in calcium, and when eaten with tofu, it can prevent calcium deficiency and is great for building your body! It is also rich in dietary fiber, which promotes bowel movements and helps to balance female hormones, which can easily fluctuate. It is also rich in vitamin B2, a great antioxidant that enhances the immune system and protects the skin. Vitamin B2 also helps with skin irritation due to pollen and other factors. (As a substitute, Chinese broccoli is also rich in Vitamin C and calcium!)
Dried Sakura Shrimp
It is rich in astaxanthin, which has very strong antioxidant properties and is essential for anti-aging and beautiful skin. Aging and fatigue can also release unpleasant odors from the body. Actively consuming sakura shrimp can help to reduce the causes of odor from within the body. (Most shrimps do contain astaxanthin. It's the pink color you see in many seafoods.)
It is also said that sakura shrimp has the effect of warming up the body and increasing stamina. It is also recommended you eat it when you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or have cold hands and feet.
Chicken BreastsChicken breasts are an inexpensive, easy-to-find, low-fat and high-protein food. It is rich in various vitamins such as vitamins A and B. It is also high in niacin (a type of vitamin B), which is essential for relieving fatigue, protecting mucous membranes and the digestive system, as well as maintaining healthy capillaries. Niacin also helps create lustrous skin and hair, and improves blood flow.
Miso is made from soybeans, also known as the "meat of the field" in Japan. Soybeans contain soy isoflavones, which work similarly to female hormones, helping to build a feminine body and moisturize the skin.
Sesame seeds are rich in zinc. A lack of zinc impairs protein and DNA synthesis. If we have in enough zinc in our diet, we can keep our skin, hair, nails, and other parts of our body beautiful. Since ground sesame oxidizes quickly, we recommend that you grind the sesame in a mortar and pestle just before using it for cooking. The taste and aroma will be even richer.
Cumin promotes digestion and its aroma has a relaxing effect. It is perfect for when you feel tired, weak, or lethargic. It is also said to relieve tension and enhance a sense of peace.
Try Out These Recipes!
If you can't find all the ingredients above, we have added a few possible substitutions.However, if you can find the right ingredients, we definitely recommend you try them out for the original taste!
Recipe 1: Chinese Spring Soup to Soothe the Soul
2 to 3 servings
・1 small new potato
・150 g (5.5 oz) canola (can substitute broccoli or Chinese broccoli)
・150 g (5.5 oz) tofu
・500 ml (17 fl oz) water
・1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese soup stock powder
・A pinch of salt and pepper
・Dried sakura shrimp to garnish (a couple of regular cooked shrimps will do just fine!)
・1 tablespoon sesame oil
①Cut all vegetables and tofu into 1.5 cm (approx. 1/2 inch) cubes.
②Heat sesame oil in a pan and fry onions and potatoes.
③Once the onions become translucent, add the canola and stir-fry lightly until everything is well-coated by the oil.
④Add water, tofu, and Chinese soup stock. Bring to a boil (5-10 minutes).
⑤Season with salt and pepper, and serve in a bowl. Garnish with sakura shrimp to finish!
・Sautéing the ingredients prevents them from falling apart and locks in the flavor. The vegetables will also retain their texture.
・By adding sesame oil and shrimp, the aromas will stimulate your appetite.
Recipe 2: Spiced Miso-Grilled Chicken to Set the Mood
2 to 3 servings
・3 chicken breast fillets
・A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon sake
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
① Cut the 3 chicken breasts into thirds (1/3) each, sprinkle lightly with salt, mix with the chicken marinade and let stand for 10 minutes.
② Mix all ingredients for the miso sauce and heat in a microwave (600w) for 30 seconds.
③ Line the grill with aluminum foil and place the chicken onto the grill.
④ Grill for 3 minutes on medium to high heat, then turn over and grill for 3 more minutes.
⑤ Brush the chicken with miso sauce and grill over high heat for 2 more minutes, until miso is lightly browned.
・ Be sure to prep the chicken in step ①, to make the finished dish tender and juicy.
・ Pair this with a side of rice or alcoholic beverages!
Final Message from Chef MayunamStress is the great enemy of sexual desire. Spring can be a time of stress, both mentally and physically, with changes in work and school environments (in Japan Spring is when the school year starts and the time for new hires), new encounters and partings, and drastic temperature changes.
It is difficult to be positive about intimacy with your partner if your body is exhausted. Use and enjoy the vitamin C and calcium contained in the ingredients from ""Chinese Spring Soup"" to reduce stress and build an energetic body."
Relaxation and a sense of peace are super important in sex! In the Spiced Miso-Grilled Chicken recipe, cumin and sesame seeds are used in abundance, which were used as aphrodisiacs in ancient Egypt. The exotic aroma of these two spices is effective in setting the mood, and it may change the mood of your daily life.
And ... it may even increase your libido!
Mayunam is an "Eros Food" creator (food which can help enhance sex) who shares food and sexual knowledge on social media with the motto "Make your sex life more fun and enjoyable!" She occasionally holds the event "Kimochi Marché" (Feel Good Market), an event that helps promote feeling good.
If you're interested in seeing more of Mayunam's recipes, be sure to follow her Twitter and Instagram!