First of several cooking demonstrations for SIMMER at the Murray Art Museum | Border mail



Every Holi and Diwali, Aruna Gandhi has a crowd in her kitchen – but she was not used to the size of the audience she received on Saturday. Ms. Gandhi was the first of five border cooks to share a recipe close to her heart and culture for the SIMMER exhibit at the Murray Art Museum Albury. The former president of the Australian Indian Association of Albury-Wodonga explained to the participants the process of cooking gujiya, a traditional and sweet Indian pastry particularly popular at festivals. “It is prepared in almost all parts of India,” she said. “I was 14 when I started doing it with my mom.” But it will not only be the border residents who will appreciate Ms. Gandhi’s cuisine; the ABC Art Works program was filming Saturday’s demonstration. “I wanted to share it, so people can learn,” she said. “I’ve been here for 30 years, I really am a local now.” Demonstrations of recipes, belonging to cuisines such as Congolese and Venezuelan, will take place every week until February. SIMMER curator Nanette Orly said it was important for her to include local cooks in the exhibit, who “consider how food can bring us together, break down barriers and open us to new experiences.” “It was a passion project for me; I love food and its potential to bring people together, ”she said. “We have internationally oriented artwork, as well as two Australian artists, and with these tabletop sessions it was really important for me to have our local community as part of this exhibit.” They can share a bit. about their favorite stories and recipes. ”The exhibit features traditional fermentation processes, videos expressing cultural ties to food, and a selection of illustrations created by a retired Japanese soba chef. The Friday night opening was loaded and Ms. Orly was eagerly waiting for the Border community to get involved. “The artwork is a bit humorous and light-hearted, but it’s really family, community, and culture focused and I really wanted that. comes to fruition, ”she said.



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