Report By: Nina Rai
12 Dec., 2011
As is done every year during Christmas, this year too Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) jointly with Fortune Inn Valley View in Manipal began ushering in Yuletide season with exquisite cake mixing ceremony on Dec. 09, 2011.
In Manipal, cake mixing event is one glorious tradition that warms the cockles of both the young and old hearts. A time for kith and kin of officials, faculty and friends to gather together at the hotel Fortune Valley View.
They all chip in, assisting in the mixing of dry fruits such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, raisins, black currants, dates, apricots, prunes - with brandy and rum for the final preparation of mouth-watering Christmas pudding later on.
To make the event even more appealing, in the process of assimilation of all ingredients, the participants hunt for tiny little charms. These are dropped into the mixture, by the organizers, in the form of silver coins, a ring and a thimble.
Against the backdrop of glittering decorated Christmas tree and Christmas carols’ playing in the background, the entire atmosphere exudes the feeling of festival time all over again. Although there is no Father Santa around, yet gifts are distributed to children, who just lap it up.
The tables are gloriously laid out with colorful assorted varieties of dry fruits. It is one non-stop entertainment as everyone present there digging into the cake-mix gleefully searching for little charms.
It’s a centuries old practice of soaking dry fruits in brandy and rum. Vasanthan Sigamany an Associate Professor at the Bakery of WGSHA informed “The fruits when soaked in alcohol develop a rich and exciting flavor.”
According to Parvadhavardhini Gopalakrishnan, principal of WGSHA and Gopi Mohan Nair GM of FIVV it is one occasion which brings all families together for an event with a difference. Moreover for the students, it’s part of their learning process, they opine. The entire mix will be kept aside for a week or so, before the final pudding is made.
Source: Manipal Group