Baking Blind at the Beeb.

Tiramisu was on the menu for my brief BBC Radio 4 “In Touch” outing this week.

I needed something very simple to prepare: not too many ingredients or equipment to carry on the train up to Broadcasting House in London.  Shiny rectangular dish holding the tiramisu - the brown soaked sponge fingers layered with white cream and dusted with the dark brown cocoa

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 .

Penny Melville-Brown OBE

Disability Dynamics ltd

Helping disabled people to work since 2000

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One thought on “Baking Blind at the Beeb.

  1. Hi Penny–thanks for sharing! Glad to see there’s others out there with vision loss that have such a positive take on life!
    I wanted to let you know about a product that’s been very helpful for me–there’s a company called OrCam that has this optical character recognition system that assists with everyday tasks. The ocr glasses help me with everyday tasks such as reading, recognizing faces, and more. The technology is astounding, and it’s definitely worth looking into if you haven’t already! Just thought I’d share. Thanks for your blog, you are truly an inspiration–please keep it up! 🙂


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