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July 8, 2014

Spicy and Sweet Southern Nights

By Liz Everly

In celebrating Elizabeth Shore’s newest release Hot Bayou Nights, so far, my fellow Lady Smut bloggers have extolled the sexy virtues of Southern accents and country and modern bluegrass music. I’m here to tell you that for me one of the best parts of the south is its cuisine. Whether you are talking about low country grits or barbecue from the Carolinas, the regional plethora of delicious dining is amazing.

So my challenge is then to focus this blog post. FOCUS. Okay, I’ve gotten down to the basics. Not just food that might inspires a sexy and sultry Southern night, but the spices herbs that go into the foods. Of course these spices have reported aphrodisiac qualities. (You knew that was coming, right?)


Photo by Elisabetta.
Photo by Elisabetta.

You’ll find saffron in many Southern rice dishes . Mostly Creole. Saffron has a special substance with a structure very similar to human hormones that is responsible for increasing the sensitivity of the erogenous zones.


A powerful antioxidant and aphrodisiac—despite the odor—found in many Southern dishes. It improves blood circulation especially in the erogenous zones; and contains a chemical that stimulates the production of an enzyme responsible for erections.

Cayenne (and other) peppers

Food spiced with any kind of hot peppers are reported aphrodisiacs.  Along with vitamin C, capsaicin the other stimulating ingredient in hot chilies.  (Located in the seeds and membranes…more so in red than green chilies).  Capsaicin triggers the brain to produce endorphins, which makes you feel good.  The physical reactions experienced when eating spicy foods—increased heart rate, circulation, sweating and euphoria—are similar to how your body reacts during sex.  Chili, curry and all those sweat inducing foods are believed to have aphrodisiac effects because they produce results much like sex would. Think about it; spicy foods increase your heart rate and cause us to perspire. Sometimes extracts of cayenne and chilies are sold as an aphrodisiac, but the natural form is acceptable too.

Cinnamon and Vanilia

Photo by Rochelle, just Rochelle
Photo by Rochelle, just Rochelle

While the South is known for its spicy food, it’s also know for it’s sweets. In studies conducted by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, the scent of a pumpkin pie was found to increase penile blood flow by 40 percent. The scent was also found to increase sexual desire in women. While the smell of pumpkin pie may conjure happy memories and a feeling of comfort and safety, it doesn’t hurt that a few individual ingredients in the recipe help the process along. Cinnamon and vanilla have also been touted for their abilities as aphrodisiacs.


Researchers in India found that compounds in nutmeg extract may stimulate the nervous system of animals, leading to increased sexual activity. Plenty of nutmeg in pumkin pie—and even in some rice dishes.

Of course, when it comes to food I’ve always said the biggest aphrodisiac is a sitting down with the person you love and enjoying conversation and good food—no matter what the food is. What do you think?

In the mean time, check out Elizabeth’s book. C’mon you know you want to.

This week, we’re celebrating the release of Lady Smut blogger Elizabeth Shore’s new novel Hot Bayou Nights.

Hot Bayou Nights
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When corporate consultant Carla Saunders’ work takes her from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to a research facility in Louisiana filled with king cobra snakes, she sees her dreams of a job in Paris sinking into the swamp. But unexpected desire burns hotter than a sultry bayou night. The snakes terrify her, but lust for the scorching hot research scientist has her dreaming less about the Champs Élysées and more about being coiled in his arms. Obsessed with finding a cure for multiple sclerosis, Jackson Rivard’s got zero time for relationships. But when a lush, efficient business advisor sweeps into his lab, zero spikes to a hundred before he can shut off the engine. In theory, no-strings-attached sex is scientifically feasible, but having an ex whose fangs make a cobra’s seem modest brings new meaning to the phrase “once bitten, twice shy.” How can he protect his heart when Carla’s charming it out of hiding?



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  • Post authorKemberlee

    Ye learn something new everyday. Pumpkin pie…the reason I get hot and bothered after having a slice or three!

    I haven’t had much southern food, but I grew up on Mexican food. Very similar with the spices and getting the vavavoom going 😉

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    • Post authorLiz Everly

      I was surprised by that, too, though I had read somewhere that vanilla attracts men. A dab behind each ear, dontchya know…;-)

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      • Post authorKemberlee

        Vanilla has been an aphrodisiac for a long time. I didn’t know about behind the ear, but certainly in candles and baked goods 😉

        On the subject of aphrodisiacs, back in the old days (15-18th centuries when Spain invaded South America), avocados were considered a pepper-upper in the bedroom.. The South American Nahuatl word āhuacatl, which was translated into Spanish to aguacate. Aguacate roughly translated to testicle fruit because it looked like a pair of testicles when hanging two together. Spanish Conquistadors would actually have brass avocados made in pairs to wear as accessories on their belts. The bigger the pair, the more macho the man was said to be…hence the phrase having a set of brass balls or a pair of brass ones! 😉

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  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    Yeah, I had no idea about the vanilla, either. So interesting. I also didn’t know about the effect that garlic has on stimulating blood flow in a certain part of the male anatomy. 🙂

    I have a restaurant scene in Hot Bayou Nights where hero Jackson, a Louisiana native, introduces city slicker Carla to the delicious regional cuisine of the bayou. I had a great time researching the local fare. Louisiana is a feast for the senses for sure.

    Thanks for the great post, Liz!

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    • Post authorLiz Everly

      The south is so diverse. I love the all the regional food ways. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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