Perhaps you've heard the expression, "Tipping the velvet..."
Those naughty Victorians.
They came up with it.
Repression being the mother of invention, I suppose.
It really does conjure up an image of something wonderfully sensual.
"What is it?" you ask?
I'll let this vintage illustration provide the answer...
And this was the least explicit depiction I could find for you,
but certainly not the most beguiling.
She really doesn't look so enthralled,
but I'll say that's quite a way to embrace your...art.
Which brings us 'round to Venus' Day.
I couldn't think of anything possibly cheekier for you, my Dirty Things
than a Red Velvet Tart,
in honor of the day, and night
so full of sexual rapture...
Tipping The Red Velvet Tart
Makes two tarts. Feel free to double the recipe.
For the Crust:
- 1-1/2 C raw almonds, soaked for 2 hours, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 C coconut or avocado oil
- 1 Tbsp raw coconut nectar
For the Red Velvet Filling:
- 1 large super-ripe avocado
- 1/4 C raw, unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/4 C full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp Madagascar vanilla powder or extract
- 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp beet powder or crystals
- 1 tsp organic pure chocolate extract
For the Adornment:
- 1 pt fresh organic raspberries
Lovers, this is almost too easy. You have to gather a few oddball ingredients, like the beet powder and the chocolate extract, but it is sooo worth it. This tart is seduction in its purest form: lush, rich, decadent and deep chocolate, ripe, lusty raspberries, positively tingling with beauty fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Guilt? Never heard of it.
Pure pleasure. Our kind of night.
You will find the beet powder or crystals in your fave health food store. It's pricey, but can be used to your advantage in shake elixirs for a naturally sweet flavor, a gorgeous color, and all the myriad health benefits of beets, such as fighting inflammation (the root of all ills), detoxification (awesome for your belly and skin), and boosting your stamina, to name a few. I especially like them paired with strawberries and a little vanilla.
You can, of course, swap the maple syrup for stevia or raw coconut nectar if you have candida, diabetes, or an intense sugar sensitivity. But if you can, use the maple. Paired with chocolate, it's nothing short of a religious experience.
I don't love a ton of crust, and this recipe makes a good amount of it, so my advice would be to just create a thin layer in each tart pan, which will give you four crusts. Pop two in the freezer for future dessert ecstasy. I promise you I have much in store for you, my Darlings.
But for now, it's time to begin our love ritual...
Start with music. Anything that makes you feel slinky.
Place a red candle inside a beautiful bowl or tray, adding herbs, flowers, stones, lingerie...whatever feels good to you and conjures up visions of sensuality, love, and feverish erotic encounters, should you so desire. Create your altar . Some suggestions? Sprinkle rose petals, jasmine flowers, carefully place a vanilla bean, a rose quartz (to open the heart to receiving love), a rhodocrosite (for loving ourselves), and perhaps a saucy little personal item to add extra sizzle.
Visualize, feel, breathe deeply, lower your shoulders and hold your head high. Invite Aphrodite and Inanna into your sacred space. Keep going. Are you there? Whisper your your prayers, light the candle, and get ready to channel your Kitchen Witch super-powers.
So, first pulse your almonds in a food processor or high-speed blender until it becomes fine and crumbly. Add in the coconut nectar, and the oil, and give it another blast. (Either oil is purrfect, it just depends on your taste preference. If you don't love coconut with your chocolate, then use the avocado oil, it will simply taste buttery.)
Spoon out a heaping tablespoon for each tart pan, and press around with your fingers to get an even layer on the bottom and up the sides. Set them in the fridge while you make the filling.
Ohhh...the filling. Wait for it.
Cream the avocado in a high speed blender until it is very, very smooth. Now add in the rest of the ingredients, blend well, and...you're done. It's that easy. But don't let its simplicity veil you: this is powerful stuff. Avocados are ruled by Venus, and have long been revered for their beauty and love magick. And chocolate, no less. The manifestation of edible elemental fire so key in giving and receiving love.
Go ahead, give it a little lick. *ahem*
Spoon the filling into the tart shells. Arrange the raspberries in a circular pattern, even more of a Venusian love charge for adding the last touch of sparkle, like jewelry, to your spell. And don't forget to give thanks to your cosmic cohorts and fruits of the Earth.
Leave them in the fridge until you're ready to serve and devour. I cannot promise that you won't end up on the floor, writhing in ecstacy...
Oh, you deserve this one...