AKU-ISMC student Gulru Azatshoeva
When the recent restrictions came into force in London, AKU-ISMC MA student Gulru Azatshoeva decided to reach out to her fellow students with practical advice.
An accomplished cook she had often been asked for recipe advice by her university room mates who frequently shared meals together in the evenings. When social distancing made this an impossibility Gulru turned to social media, started filming herself preparing some of her favourite recipes and uploading them to a youtube channel.
Gulru shared how the idea came about; “ It all started because I had cooked a dish which we call Manto in Tajikistan. Another student who’s from Chitral recognised it immediately but said that no one would know how to cook it where he came from, it had come to their country with people who had migrated but it was a street food and no one prepared it in their homes. We decided to film me making it and at the same time he translated it into his own language . We posted it online and all of a sudden we were getting so many comments and re-posts! It all just took off from there.
And the current restrictions have made the films even more important,
“In this situation at the moment I think the best thing is to develop a new skill. Cooking is also a great way of connecting, people say that they’re bored but I think this is the best kind of thing to do - you learn a new skill and of course you have a lovely meal at the end! The idea of recording it was also to inspire other people. One of the great things about being here is that we are all from different cultures and countries and sharing recipes is a way to bring variety to our dishes and to our lives.”
Gulru’s recipes and those of some of her fellow students can be found here