Dateline Mussoorie: It’s the season to be jolly! And what better way to ring it in than a pre-Christmas cake-mixing against the backdrop of the Queen of Hills, Mussoorie sprawled across nineteen square kilometers.
Jaypee Residency Manor, Mussoorie turned out in all its festive revelry to keep its date with tradition. With the winter sun making keeping everyone warm and Mussoorie in the backdrop, the customary cake mixing party was held in its lush green terraces.
The Executive Chef Tanuj Nayyar guided the guests to mix ingredients including traditional ingredients such as in-house wines, dry fruits, apricot, rum soaked figs, drunk raisins, dates, candied orange peel, candied ginger, dry cherries, tutti frutti, spices and candied pumpkin. The batter will the stew over the next three to four weeks and then baked into delicious cakes closer to Christmas.
Also present at the event were dignitaries from Mussoorie and Dehradun who got to dip their hands into the cake-mix, complete with fun and laughter.
Hill-stations and cake-mixing in November has become synonymous with winter. Here is a ritual that ushers in the festive season, good tidings and ends on a high note with Christmas and New Year Eve celebrations, attracting tourists from home and abroad.