Pastry Practice


Blind veteran, Penny Melville-Brown, spent over 20 years serving in the Royal Navy, was the first woman barrister and achieved the rank of Commander before medical discharge.  She made a new career helping other disabled people to get back to work, held myriad senior Government public appointments and has now forged a new cooking venture having won an international prize for blind people.

In the midst of the Covid pandemic, she’s running monthly live on-line cooking demonstrations for visually impaired and other people who love good food.

Penny said, “If you worry about making pastry, I’ve a different version that might help.”

There’s a live demonstration on Monday 9 August at 1030 (London time) when she’ll be making a simple savoury tart and then showing how to make the pastry.

Sign up for the free demonstration:  Eventbrite:

If you’d like to cook along with her on the day, you’ll need:

Packet of bought Shortcrust pastry (or homemade with 120g butter, 240g plain flour) and flour for dusting.

4 leeks, trimmed, finely sliced and washed.

4 eggs.

2 heaped tablespoons crème fraiche or double cream.

Salt and pepper.

1 microwavable bowl, another bowl, a fork, rolling pin, a hand whisk, tin foil.

A large metal flan tin or several smaller ones – ideally with loose-bottoms.  Alternatively, foil dishes would work too.

Oven set to 180C, Gas 4.


If the timing doesn’t suit you, she’ll be posting a link to the YouTube video afterwards on her Baking Blind blog





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