Grandeur, glamour and glitterati marked the ushers in the yuletide spirit with a fun-filled cake mixing ceremony at Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa, Kolkata on a weekday at the fag end of November. The ceremony which started in the 17th Century with the new harvesting of the ripe fruits in the West, interestingly, can now rule the entire world with its purity, belief and fun-quotient.
The sprawling and well-maintained lawn, the wide atrium, a huge reception, the kingly dining hall, the playroom for the kids, the dazzling blue pool – Ibiza had the perfect setting to celebrate the cake mixing today and the presence of a galaxy of stars including Actress Mumtaz Sorcar, Actress Sayantani Guhathakurta, and Singer Soumitra Ray acted as the icing on the cake.
A warm invite from Subhadip Basu – General Manager & Zaffar Rahman – EAM (F&B), Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa Kolkata prompted me to travel down so far. But believe me, at the end of the day, a supreme satisfaction engulfed my body and mind. The stars from the tinsel town, other chefs, resort staff, the residents and non-resident guests all rolled up their sleeves and donned the Christmas hats to plunge into a hearty mixing of dry fruits, nuts , raisins, spices and syrups. And the celebration begins with happiness and vivacity reign the supreme.
“Cake Mixing is a ritual performed to welcome happiness and prosperity. This tradition is followed all across the globe and heralds the Christmas season which is incomplete without the rich and sumptuous Christmas cake. We at Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa Kolkata have a full fledged bakery and churn out cakes of all sorts of flavours. We celebrate the ritual every year, however, the Covid played a dampener. This year we are celebrating with much enthusiasm and fanfare. We hope to make It a bigger celebration next year,” said Subhadip Basu, GM – Ibiza the Fern Resort & Spa Kolkata.
It was a tremendous task of mixing an assortment of 35 kgs of fruits with 12 litres of wine, whiskey, beer, brandy, vodka and rum! For almost 30 days, the mix will be allowed to soak before their special Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings and Dundee cakes come out of the oven.
We had a lavish lunch at the Dining hall, which has a lovely fountain and immaculately decorated giving it a feel of a royal lounge. The menu includes Minestrone Soup, Chicken Hot & Sour Soup, Green Salad, Somthom Salad, Fruit Salad and Pari Chat. Then Veg Badami Tikki, Schezwan Fish Dry as Starters. In the main course, they had Kashmiri Pulao, Dal Panchmel, Palak Paneer, Jaiputi Aloo, Sabzi Jhalfarezi, Exotic Veg Hunan Sauce, Singapuri Noodles, Mutton Rogan Josh, Murg Hyderabadi Biryani, Penne Pasta in White Sauce, Naan, Achar, Papad, Onion Raita. The dessert includes Fruit Jelly, Chocolate Fudge, Baked Sandesh, Phirni and Ice Cream.
This special lunch was curated by Zaffar Rahman – EAM (F&B), Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa Kolkata. A Graduate from the Hotel Management Institute in Singapore, he had spent 6 years working for Singapore Tourism Board and 1 year for Das Stue in Berlin, Germany. Last 6 years he has been serving in Ibiza and thereby makes his guests an ardent follower of his cooking. He seems to be still unperturbed and smiling!
Cake-Mixing here, some 17 kilometres away from the heart of Kolkata really gives you a different vibe, believe it, or not!