Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way: Santa Claus is coming around, driving on a sleigh, Hey…
The carol welcomes the last festive season of the year, or the festival which brings along zeal and positivity.
To mark the birth of Jesus Christ, hotels organize cake-mixing ceremonies to spread the love and warmth of Christmas. People from different walks of life come together for such ceremonies. I was one of the lucky participants to attend the traditional cake mixing ceremony which dates back to the 17th Century in Europe. The ceremony marks the arrival of the harvest season which harbingers goodwill and prosperity.
Russell Gregory, GM & Chef Vishvesh Khanna with their team welcomed us at the rooftop of Citrus Hotel for the cake mixing ceremony. To set the ceremony off, each one of us were received gloves and chef hats. The spread comprised dry fruits like raisins, black currants, prunes, glazed dates, cherries, candid orange, lemon rinds and nuts like cashews, pistachios and almonds. The best part – is consistently pouring in the liquor in the mixture of fruits and dry-fruits with your hands. To keep up the spirit, the chef added few coins and asked us to find them, the group who finds the maximum number of coins will win a surprise giftJ . By adding this small but interesting twist the focus for sometime shifted to finding the coins.
We all were busy mixing the ingredients to make the most yummiest Christmas cake, in the amidst of this fanfare we were actually building relationships by exhibiting qualities like team spirit, perseverance, camaraderie. I can now relate to the history of this traditional festival which is no longer a family affair but a platform to connect with people.
The ingredients of the festive fruit /plumb cake are mixed with wine and liquor in advance so that the ingredients can develop aroma and taste. Also, for the cold “Christmassy weather”, the plum cake is a perfect food. The ceremony would have been incomplete without the numerous selfies and groupfies to celebrate the festival of good food and goodwillJ.