GiveAway !! Heralding the New Year - Pineapple Zabaglione with Whipped Cream and candied Orange Peels!

Today is a very special day for us and am very grateful to God for bringing my better half into my Life. And these are few of the lines from the poem "A Promised Love"  [Copyrighted] written by me for the Love we share -

Word I give you - Woman, only to thine,
Eyes that search for you in this sojourn,
Arms that reassure - All is fine,
Tears to shed when you mourn.
A heart where you will always belong,
faithful spirit united in God,
a promised Love that you so long... 

It all still looks like a dream - a beautiful dream.
And I don't know how this stranger became my friend and then my Love. The years I have known my good friend and the last year as his wife has taught me much. Through marriage, God shows unto us the reflection of our self - How we are different from one another, yet united!
Am the talkative one and the spokesperson of our Home [as He puts it..hehe] and he, the calm and collected. Am right brained and he is left. I like Egg white, he yellow. I love clowning around, he is composed. I write a lot, he listens. I laugh loud enough to scare the neighbor, one can not make out how he feels.
But we just need each other, I go to him for rationalism and he comes to me for my philosophies and fantasies. I love his levelheadedness and he is crazy about my whimsical nature. He is my audience and am his entertainment..hehe :D  

Hence celebrating the New Year and our special day, am giving away these books of my favorite authors . All the rules are stated below in detail. In case, you have any other queries; You can drop me a mail @ 


Congratulations!! Drop me a mail .

1. The Cake Bible - Rose Levy Beranbaum
2. Nigella Express - Nigella Lawson

Leave a comment below and let me know how you found Love for Food, like -
Somebody inspired you, cooking is therapeutic, cutlery lover, Kitchen fanatic etc. 

1. Follow me on my BlogFacebook Page and Twitter.
2. Recipients must have an USA address and one entry per person.Giveaway is open for Bloggers and Non-Bloggers as well.
3. Last Entry is till Jan 7th, 2012 - 9 PM PST. I will select the Winner using Random Generator.

Note - If Indian readers have folks or friends in USA, you can participate and provide their US address as recipients once you win! I did the same when I resided in India and collected them later :) 

Ingredients -
For Zabaglione -
* Egg yolks - 4 nos [Fresh and at room temperature]
* Pineapple juice - 1/2 cup
* Sugar - 1/2 cup
* Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
* Brandy - 1 tsp [Optional]
* Gelatin - 1 tsp
* Warm water - 2 tsp

For Candied Orange peels -
* Blanched Orange peels - 1/2 cup [Chopped in julienne style]
* Sugar - 1 cup
* Water - 1 cup
* Brandy - 1 tsp [Optional]

For Whipping Cream  -
* Heavy Whipping Cream - 1 cup [atleast 30% Fat content]
* Sugar - 1/4 cup [Add more or less, according to your interest]
* Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

For Assembling -
* Drained Crushed / finely chopped Pineapple - 400 gms [I got a can of Dole's crushed Pineapple]

Cooking -
For Zabaglione
1. Seperate 4 Eggs and add the 4 Egg yolks into a bowl. Into the Egg yolks, add Sugar, Vanilla Extract and Brandy. Whip the Egg mixture for 2 mins until it is pale yellow in color.
3. In a small bowl, add 2 tsp of water and 1 tsp of Gelatin and mix well. If required, Microwave for 5 secs  for the Gelatin to dissolve completely. Keep aside.
2. Place the bowl of beaten Egg yolks mixture over a Double-boiler and add the Pineapple juice slowly, keep stirring. Then add the dissolved Gelatin mixture slowly and keep whisking.
3. It took me about 20-25 mins for the Eggs to get a custard like texture and keep whisking all the time. Once they thicken, remove from the Double-boiler and let it rest for a few mins.
4. Pour the Zabaglione on a trifle / serving bowl layered with crushed / finely chopped Pineapple. 
5. Let it rest undisturbed overnight.

For Candied Orange Peels
1. Using a peeler, peel the skin of the Oranges finely. Chop the Orange peels in julienne style and keep aside.
2. In a pan of water, add the chopped Orange peels and bring them to boil. Blanch them 2-3 times as per your desired bitterness for the peels.
3. Drain the blanched Orange peels and keep aside.
4. In another pan, add a cup of water, Sugar, Brandy and Vanilla Extract. Into this sugar syrup, add the blanched and drained Orange peels. Cook the mixture on medium-heat on stove until the peels become translucent and the syrup is completely reduced. Make sure to stir in between to avoid the bottom getting burnt. Once the syrup is reduced, remove the peels from stove and let it rest.
5. Once the peels cool down to room temperature; They can be bottled and refrigerated for a long time.
Note: I made my candied Orange peels ahead of time and refrigerated them. These can be used for many Desserts.

For Whipped Cream -
1. In a large cold bowl, add the Cream, Sugar and Vanilla Extract. Whip with a hand-mixer for about 5-7 mins to get a firm texture. Make sure not to over-beat, whip just until firm peaks form on the whisk. 

For Assembling -
1. After 6-7 hours or overnight, the Zabaglione would have set over the layered Pineapple. Remove the trifle / servin bowl from the Fridge.
2. Using a piping bag, pipe the Whipped Cream onto the set Zabaglione.
3. Garnish with the candied Orange peels, while serving [Optional].

This is best served cold after the main course.



  1. All I find here are new to me. However, I am happy to know now.

  2. Wow!!! I love both the books so much :)My reason for my love of food is my MOM!! She inspired and taught me so beautifully! It was never a big deal, the learning I mean, she would just drop by hints whenever we were together, like don't use this with that, this doesn't pair well with that and so many more things! I love her all the more for she taught me how to love food!!

  3. Good choice for the books, girl!

    I think, the love for food/cooking was something Amma shared with me via the Umbilical cord along with many other things :D

    Happy New Year!

  4. Yay!! I follow you on your blog, FB and twitter :) I loved your marbled Nutella cake!

  5. Happy New Year & Happy wedding Anniversary!!! My Mom inspired & taught me to cook....

  6. Ooh! I SO want the Cake Bible! What a fantastic giveaway!

    My love for food came from my foodie family who enjoy eating it as well as cultivating and preparing it. I'm so glad that my husband also shares this love and has introduced me to so many cuisines!

    Already follow your lovely blog and on fb and heading over to twitter too. Happy Anniversary!

  7. Happy new year wishes to u and ur family..My mom is my inspiration,she was the one who enlightened my passion for cooking and eating..I want that cake bible,fabulous giveaway..

    Btw zabaglione looks absolutely stunning and mindblowing.

  8. Wow.... fabulous recipe and the photos are super.

  9. Happy new year, great giveaways, particularly the food bible! My love of cooking came from my love of eating! And of seeing my family enjoy good food. Thanks for visiting my blog x

  10. Found your blog from Pioneer Woman (yes, I actually try to read most comments.) I discovered that I do like to make great meals. At first, I just threw things together to get everyone fed, but now I enjoy putting together a meal that makes everyone feel pampered. Julia Child got me started really, I got her French Cooking Cookbook for Christmas when in HS. Mom always encouraged me to keep trying and enjoying. No blog, must be

  11. I found you through Ree Drummond's "Pioneer Woman", sounds like an interesting blog, Carol Canfield 101142 S 3380 Rd Meeker, OK 74855

  12. Thanks for dropping by and visiting my blog. Have a happy new year!

  13. First time here..You have lovely blog with awesome recipes…I am your new follower..Do check my blog if you have time..


  14. What a lovely post--it is The Best when you find your counterpart in this world! Great choice for the giveaway! I love RLB and Nigella is just too over-the-top not to enjoy! 8D

    I've always loved food. And now, after preparing food professionally, I am content to share my knowledge w/others from the comfort of my home and my pajamas! :)

  15. what really made my love to cooking and baking to a passionate hobby/ pleasure for the last two years was My sweet love. Two years ago, I had to go through a long recovery from a car accident, which made me stay at home 24/7. my sweet love supported me financially, emotionally and everything i could ask. I found it naturally, the way i can give him back that I want to cook and bake the best for him. I spend Endless hours, and days for the best recipes, just to please his tummy.and to show how great full I was/am for all he done for me.I truly believe that me cooking and baking for him made our relationship even stronger. Instead eating on the road, out side we now spend everyday time around the table, as family like. Having the best dinner/lunch and of coarse A great home made desert.

  16. My mom and dad are my inspiration for anything food-related. We always had homecooked meals, growing up, and bread baking was almost a daily thing. Thanks for doing the giveaway!! :o)

  17. This is almost a work of art. It looks and sounds delicious and it has enormous eye appeal. I know I would love this. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

  18. Lovely post!! My grandmother and my mother influenced my interest in cooking. I enjoy experimenting with different recipes to the point that my husband gets exasperated with me and asks me if I could not make the same recipe twice!! Hehe... Good choice of books for the give-away too btw! Happy Cooking!! :)

  19. A great giveaway. A pity I don't live in the US.

    That dessert looks and sounds divine!

    Happy New Year!



  20. I am not very great in cooking; But in recent days you have become my inspiration to cook nice :) Love your blog.

  21. What a delicious looking recipe! The flavours must be incredible. Plus it looks beautiful! I'd love a chance to win a copy of the Cake Bible. I found you via Twitter and am glad I did! My kitchen love has always been within me ever since I was a kid and noticed my friends mothers and grandmothers all knew how to cook unlike mine. It inspired me to learn.

  22. Both the books u chose for give away are abosultely fantastic..I wish I win..:(
    I loved to cook right from childhood and used to watch every other cook show..I m following u everywhere..:)

  23. Happy Anniversary to the recipes....I was not into cooking before marriage and after....i not only learnt the art of cooking but also learnt so many yum recipes.....

  24. Amazing recipe! Great giveaway too - both books are wonderful. I have always loved eating and cooking food. It's calming for me.

  25. gr8 recipe
    1st time here happy to follow u .do visit my site

  26. Good choice of books for the giveaway. My inspiration if of course from my mother but now my Children for whom I love cooking new dishes. Happy to be following you everywhere.

  27. first time in your space n wow...u hav an awesome space dear.....both of ur recipes look delicious...n fabulous pics.....happy to follow ur visit mine sometime :-)n belated wishes 4 ur anniversary :-)

  28. Hi,

    I came to love cooking because of the incredible smells that wafted from my mother's kitchen. Always had a nose for cooking smells and nothing turns me on till date, like the aroma of food! Freshly brewing coffee, freshly baked bread, the nutty aroma of mustard seeds as they pop in hot coconut oil, cinnamon rolls baking in the oven, a thick juicy steak sweating it out on a sizzling hot grill- they can all cause my heart to beat faster! Needless to say, I grew up into a foodie with a big love for cooking and a need to improvise upon and 'own' every dish I cook. It is my drug of choice. You have a great blog, btw. I love the variety on here. Nice clicks too. Your passion for food comes across loud and clear!

  29. Thanks Friends for all the kind words. Will post the winner tomorrow :)


  30. Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to their arrival.