February the 14th is time for a romantic Valentine’s day meal. Traditionally know as an aphrodisiac oysters are without a doubt the sexy feature on any valentines day menu. We have just what you will need so come in and see us for these ideal romantic ingredients. Place an order in advance and make sure your meal is perfect and avoid any disappointment.

Carlingford Oysters

We are sourcing our valentines day oysters from The Carlingford Oyster Company.  They are a family business working in the heart of the famous Carlingford Lough where oysters have thrived for many centuries. The award winning unique sweet taste and high meat content of the Carlingford Oyster is one of natures real treasures. You can see more about them here >>

Aphrodisiac Oysters For Romance

Throughout history certain foods have been thought to create and sustain desire,  adding passion, energy, and love. The notorious lothario Casanova was famous for his love of oysters – reportedly eating 50 to 60 every day! Today we still eat foods such as such as chocolate  honey and oysters for romance.

There might not be any real scientific proof of this but one definite fact is that they are a real tasty treat. Food lovers (or just lovers) who want to get into the mood for Valentine’s Day know that these molluscan “aphrodisiacs” can help make a perfect romantic meal.

Preparing And Eating your Oysters For Romance

Eating raw oysters is one of the best seafood experiences, no other food conjures up a taste of the sea as much. There are however quite a few differences among oysters depending on the type and where they have grown . Tastes can range from salty to floral, some have a rfruity hint or mineral flavours.  Even oysters from the same estuary can vary in flavour depending upon their exact location. Ask in our shop and we can tell you more about the oysters we have on sale.

Maybe one of the factors that makes for a great valentines meal is the effort in preparation and presentation of the meal. Good looking food and a confident looking cook will all add to the success of your special meal (you get plenty of kudos if you know how to shuck an oyster even more if you can make it look easy). We can help with a handy oyster guide here with lots of tips and instructions >>

Many people insist that raw is the only way to eat an Oyster.  To serve use a large plate or serving dish with a good rim and place them on the half-shell on a bed of crushed ice garnish with seaweed and lemon quarters. Some freshly ground black pepper and a drop of hot sauce is all you will need.

If that seems like a step to far for you, then why not try them grilled it is easy and fun to do. Grill them on the half-shell – it will only take minutes then serve with a flavored butter or topped with a spicy salsa. If you like more texture sprinkle a few bread crumbs on top? Try using the Panko type crumb which retain their crunch and do not go soggy.

Wine And Oysters For Romance

Champagne, Chablis, or Sauvignon Blanc will be perfect or why not try a Picpoul de Pinet, grown close to the sea and bone dry it is a very good match for oysters. If grapes are not your thing Guinness is also a very good taste match.