The point of courtship is spending time together, talking, and having fun. And that doesn't have to cost a lot. In fact, Cupid has no more potent arrow in his quiver than The Romantic Dinner—and it won't cost you more than the price of a bag of groceries and a couple of decent bottles of wine.
Women love men who cook. And you've got to love how it moves the ball forward; there's no kind of foreplay that will get you where you need to be faster than a well-seasoned risotto or the perfect chocolate mousse. The whisper of sex and attraction shared between two people can turn any meal—yes, even one you've cooked—into a veritable feast (one that includes these red velvet desserts).
And there are plenty of foods out there that can enhance the already-in-the-mood meal both visually and texturally. An indulgent, relaxed state of mind can be heightened by a sweet taste. A glass of wine causes the skin to flush, emulating the glow of sexual arousal.
When you're preparing your romantic menu, consider using some of these ingredients, noted throughout history for their aphrodisiac qualities: