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Allende On Aphrodisiacs

I greatly admire Isabel Allende for her sumptuous writing, but who knew she was also a sensuous cook? 


In her delightfully idiosyncratic “Aphrodite” she promises this dish will move lovers quickly “from gluttony to lust” because, she claims, it’s loaded with aphrodisiacs. Ergo, a thoroughly satisfying night of passion is sure to follow.  Try it on your Old Mr. Right.

½ cup olive oil

1 cup marinated artichoke hearts

2-ounce jar of pimientos

¼ cup pine nuts

½ pound noodles

2 large ripe tomatoes

Six large black olives (pitted)

2 ounces crumbled goat cheese

2 TBSP minced fresh basil

Salt and pepper to taste

In a small skillet, heat the oil and liquid from the artichokes and pimientos, sauté the pine nuts. Cook the noodles al dente as you chop the artichokes, tomatoes, olives, and pimientos. Drain the noodles and return them to the pot. Add all the other ingredients, stir, season to taste with salt and pepper, and voila!


Your inner Natalie Portman, being calorie-consious, will briefly consider eating the artichoke raw or steamed (44 calories). Regrettably, a satisfying portion of Noodles with Artichokes has a calorie count of about 600, but at least it’s healthy, and when you think of the energizing effect it will have on Old Mr. Right, you’ll want to proceed without your customary caution.

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'Allende On Aphrodisiacs' have 7 comments

  1. March 9, 2011 @ 9:43 pm Patsy R.

    Allende also talks about making dishes with garlic just so she can inhale the redolent smell on her fingers. She is truly a sensual lady!

  2. February 5, 2011 @ 3:55 pm Helen

    All these wonderful Mediterranean ingredients make me lust even more for a warm, spring day with gentle breezes and sparkling sunshine. That, plus this delicious repast would really evoke Aphrodite!

  3. February 3, 2011 @ 4:54 pm Liz

    Sounds yummy as long as we can “lose” the olives -will the spell still work? As for the calories, I doubt that the damage will be so immediate – always time to enjoy tonight and worry tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. February 3, 2011 @ 9:06 am molly campbell

    This sounds delish. I love pasta. It also sounds easy. As to Natalie Portman, I can’t bring myself to watch her in “Black Swan.” I hear it is pretty disturbing. You know what would be good for dessert after this? Strawberries dipped first in sour cream, and then brown sugar. Decadent! molly

  5. February 3, 2011 @ 8:32 am Mara

    Sounds scrumptious. But I would be a nervous wreck about the carbohydrates going right to my thighs!

  6. February 3, 2011 @ 8:27 am Lynne Schwabe

    Love this blog, and the recipe sounds terrific too.

  7. February 3, 2011 @ 8:20 am LB

    This dish sounds like it would feed all the senses, indeed.

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