The Main Event
Setting the scene:
Rosewater Chicken with Pomegranate and Almonds.
Take white napkins and using a piece of red ribbon tie a few roses around the rolled napkin. Sprinkle whole almonds on the table. Set out some colouring pencils and the Karma Sutra colouring book for adults. Dim the lights to a glow and get ready to devour stunning cuisine and each other…
Rosewater Chicken with Pomegranate and Almonds
For 2 lovers
Get on with it…
Put into a blender 2 cloves garlic, the juice of 1 lime, 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 100ml rosewater.
Blitz and then season with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Score through the skin of 4 boneless chicken thighs, place in a shallow dish and pour the marinade from the blender all over the chicken. Massage the thighs (!) with the marinade and then cover and chill for 2 hours.
Put a little oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken all over, still with some of its marinade coating. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and roast in the oven at 180C/Gas 4 for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking dry fry 1 tablespoon flaked almonds with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon sugar until golden and toasted.
Cut 1 pomegranate in half and bash it with the cut side down over a bowl and the little gems inside will drop out. For the chicken dressing mix together in a bowl 1 small chilli, finely sliced, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and a good pinch of caster sugar.
Arrange the chicken on warm serving plates, pour over the dressing and scatter with almonds and pomegranate seeds. Dot a few mint leaves around the plate and of course a few rose petals! Serve with a dressed pea shoot salad and some undressed heart shaped sauté potatoes.
What stimulates desire…
Rosewater Chicken with Pomegranate and Almonds. The luscious jewel-like seeds of pomegranate are said to increase genital sensitivity and its anti-oxidant properties can increase vitality – a perfect way to start the evening! Almonds contain zinc, very good for strong sexual health encouraging passion, desire and lust. A great ingredient to drive you nuts!