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The Christmas Cake Mixing Ceremony

Food lovers, food bloggers, food writers –

Gone Durga Puja, there seems to be a lull in our lives, but then we look forward to Kali Puja (among Bengalis) and of course Diwali which is now a universal festival of lights. With all the festivities wrapping up so soon in October, life started feeling very boring and then came this delightful event – the Christmas Cake Mixing Ceremony.

Christmas (also one of our favourite festivals) is a time for new beginnings, the love and joy of being together with those you love, your family and friends. It’s a time for reunions and basking in the warm glow of happiness.

I remember when we were kids, my parents would take us for the midnight mass in Delhi and how in the cold winter night we would sit huddled close together singing carols and celebrating Christmas with friends in our neighbourhood.

Ready with our aprons & gloves...
Ready with our aprons & gloves…

When I was invited for a Sunday Brunch by The FBAI at The Lalit, I was wondering what this Christmas Cake Mixing Ceremony was all about. This is a unique European tradition dating back to the 17th – 18th Century where the families would get together over a nice Sunday brunch to mix a heavenly concoction of dry fruits with litres of liquor and as a family mixed and tossed it by hand. Since this mix takes around 45 days to cure to go into the signature Christmas cakes, the process usually begins early. And since we all need a reason to celebrate, this was just the think we needed.

Mr. Keshav Suri, Executive Director at The Lalit who Boulangerie kickstarted the fun event. Armed with gloves, apron and the chef’s hat we dug through almost 2,000kgs of cake mix. Men, women and children all got ready pouring liquor into the mix and rejoicing over this fun event.

And the fun begins - liquor and cake and mix by hand
And the fun begins – liquor and cake and mix by hand

In keeping with this tradition, The Lalit, Mumbai in association with the FBAI, celebrated the launch of Boulangerie – which promises its guests a fresh bread eating experience. What makes Boulangerie so unique is that their breads are free of any preservatives, pre-mixes and potassium.

They offer a range of healthy breads ranging from Focaccia Bread, Walnut Prune Bread, the Boulangerie Signature Bread, Gluten Free Bread and lots more. If you’re visiting The Lalit in Mumbai anytime soon, do drop by at the Boulangerie to pick up some fine chocolates, breads and even order for customised cakes!

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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