When American Idol winner David Cook performed recently on stage playing his guitar and singing his high notes, it gave me goose bumps. It?s the same thing with food. A memorable and unforgettable meal or dish could give you that bristling feeling on your skin where your hair stands up. These are the kinds of food that make you go mmmm. These are your sexy foods.
Sexy foods can mean a lot of things to different people. It could be the sizzling sound of scallops in hot melted butter or a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak. It could be the variety of colors of fruits and vegetables on display in your local market or the flavors that you slurp up in a steamy bowl of wild mushroom cream soup. These are your outside factors. What happens on the inside is a different story. These sexy foods can adversely affect your hormones, glands and organs.
Whatever your own definition of sexy foods is, you need to start engaging your senses when you cook, as well as when you eat. The sights, smells, tastes, textures and sounds you experience will infiltrate your brain, creating an important culinary memory. Our memory of likes and dislikes about food can help us create and develop our skills as a cook. Being mindful about your senses takes a lot of practice at first, but sooner or later it will become second nature.
Connecting ourselves to what we?re eating, and discovering the different tastes of sweet, sour, bitter salty and even umami is a great outcome to our senses. Was it slippery or chewy, cold or hot? Did it smell good? What did it look like and sound like?
Asking ourselves these questions makes us more sensitive to foods and their flavors and is the first step to becoming a more refined cook. Start paying attention.
So, what are your sexy foods and why?