Tiramisu was on the menu for my brief BBC Radio 4 “In Touch” outing this week.
I ended up in the Studio Managers’ canteen and lunch area, whipping the cream and mascarpone on a draining board with the fantastic help of presenter Peter White’s granddaughter (on work experience). She managed to juggle the half-finished pudding and me back to the studio – no mean feat through the absolute maze of corridors.
In the world of visual impairment paths tend to cross and I’ve met Peter a few times over the years – and he was courteous enough to suggest he remembered.
Decked out in those great big headphones which make one feel a bit like Mickey Mouse, I was able to hear all the other contributors to the programme while I tried, as quietly as possible, to finish off the tiramisu: dusting with cocoa powder through a sieve and trying not to spread it on to the studio equipment.
It was a fascinating experience: Peter reading from his Braille script with a whole bevy of other visually impaired people both making and contributing to the programme. A great chance to get our voices heard.
The very simple recipe for the tiramisu is at http://www.bakingblind.com/cheats%20tiramasu.htm .
Penny Melville-Brown OBE
Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk
Helping disabled people to work since 2000