To bring in the festive season, The Navhind Times organised a Christmas special, Soulful Cooking‘ at the recently opened, The St. Regis Goa Resort in Mobor. This was the first time that the hotel opened its doors to the media and executive pastry chef of the hotel, Selvaraj Marimuthu, definitely made it a memorable and delectable occasion. He demonstrated Kipferl cookies, Chocolate XS cake and the traditional plum cake. The show was aired on the Goa 365 channel on December 18.

The St. Regis Goa Resort which is a part of the Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio, is a curated sanctuary between the Sal River and Arabian Sea. “We have embraced the Goan spirit of slowing down to enjoy life’s moments to their fullest. We offer a welcome respite, a place where our guests can renew, reconnect and appreciate what is truly important,” explained Amit Malhotra, EAM F&B. Located approximately 60 minutes’ drive from the Goa International Airport, The St. Regis Goa Resort is nestled in 49 acres of lush greenery fringing the Mobor Beach. “The resort features 206 guest rooms including 46 suites offering private terraces overlooking the tranquil lagoons or the golf course. For the ultimate bespoke luxury, there are 12 luxuriously appointed suites and villas with plunge pools, private access to the beach, and all-day indulgent dining at The Manor, besides four other restaurants and two bars. Whether indulging, celebrating, or exploring, The St. Regis Goa Resort is a soulful sanctuary where senses are delighted, moments are treasured, and memories are made,” added Malhotra.

Kipferl cookies or Vanillekipferl (literally means vanilla crescent or vanilla moon) were first on the agenda for chef Selvaraj who gave a brief background about the cookies and demonstrated how quick and easy these are to make. Giving various tips and suggestions, he then proceeded with the other items. “In the absence of black jack (caramel colour), a plum cake can be given the same rick dark colour with the use of cocoa powder mixed with a little oil” he said.

All the three baked goodies were not just pleasing to the eyes but tasted even better than they looked. It was a truly a great start to the Christmas and festive season!