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.
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