Check out my fun recipes for the’s website using aphrodisiacs that will help put you and your better half in the mood for something naughty and something nice.

Here is the link for all the recipes – 5 romantic recipes – using ingredients like honey and saffron.

Check out this recipe, one of my personal favorites, that I developed for them

Saffron Salmon bites

Developed by Monica Bhide for AARP.ORG

Photo taken for Life of Spice by Sala Kannan

Serves 8


4 garlic cloves, finely minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper

¾  teaspoons saffron threads soaked in a tablespoon of warm heavy cream

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon salt

2 lb salmon fillet, cubed into bite-sized pieces


In a bowl combine all the ingredients except the salmon.

Mix well. Add the salmon cubes and toss to coat.

Allow to marinate, refrigerated, for an hour.

Preheat to 350 F.

Place the salmon cubes on a foil-lined baking sheet in the pre-heated oven. Pour any leftover marinade over the cubes. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cubes are cooked.

Turn off the oven and turn the broiler on to high. Broil the cubes for about 5 minutes. Gives a nice color to the salmon.

Remove from the oven.

Serve on a platter (you can add a toothpick to each piece).

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  1. These look amazing and tasty!

  2. This looks so fantastic. So fun, so cute, and such great flavors!

  3. i love your recipe, flavourful & beautiful !

  4. Oh how I wish salmon were cheaper here. Your bites sound rather tasty! Anything with saffron cream is a winner in my book…



  5. Fun, fascinating info on history of the various ingredients as aphrodisiacs–much more interesting than the usual VDay “chocolates & champagne” articles.

  6. I know this isn’t the place for this comment, but THANK YOU so much for the wonderful cardamom chicken curry recipe! It’s wonderful!

  7. Stunning photos and cooking with saffron always turns out best results!

  8. Coming from a place where fresh water fish rules, I am still not done much exploring with sea fish, This is worth a try. LOVE saffron.

  9. Monica,
    This dish looks fantastic. I just bought fresh Wild Alaskan salmon. I love that I have all these ingredients in my pantry. I’m going to try this today and share it with my readers on my seafood blog. Thanks.

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