Fourier Analysis is a mathematical tool which can do a number of things: separate out signals from noise; help identify patterns or trends in data; filter out all unwanted data and focus on a single signal; use approximations to make generalizations; make approximations of real world signals (think electronic music); combine harmonics to get a stronger signal. That's what I'll be trying to do here!! Won't you join me with your comments?
Monday, August 27, 2007
The "Perfect" Aphrodisiac
My husband is German-Italian. I like to think I got the best of both worlds (and I really do at times!) This means he loves food by definition, and of course Italian food is very high on his list. So, shortly after we were married, I decided to try out my Mother's recipe for Italian Spaghetti Bolognese (tomato meat) sauce. As she learned it from an Italian lady when she was living in Baltimore, I was pretty assured it would be authentic enough to be a big hit. So I spent the afternoon chopping up fresh ingredients.
I was feeling pretty confident shortly after I started cooking as the delicious smells had my new husband coming up from behind me while I was cooking to nibble on my neck and steal something from the cutting board. Midway through the preparations, my Daddy called and I bragged to him that I thought I had found the perfect aphrodisiac to use on DH!
Dinner was a great success! Wine and candlelight set the atmosphere, a lovely fresh salad and loaf of French bread the accompaniments. DH ate two very large helpings of spaghetti slathered in my sauce. He raved about it. He kissed me lavishly as he helped to clear the table, and I promised to meet him on the couch as I finished putting the food away. I was terribly pleased with myself. My Mom's recipe was now my own and it appeared to be living up to its earlier promise!
I finished up quickly in the kitchen, slipped into the bedroom to put a little more cologne behind my ears. And went to the living room to join my lover on the couch.
He was sound asleep. With a very satisfied smile. No amount of nuzzling could wake him up or arouse him in any way. I had to finally resort to a hard shake and a very loud voice. He woke up enough to give me a big hug, thank me for a lovely dinner, and head off to bed. I quickly joined him with my hopes still not completely dashed, but he was snoring before I finished getting undressed!
Throughout our 19 years of marriage, this recipe has been one of his favorites and it has had the same effect. Every. Time...