I am a food writer, blogger, spice maker and supper club chef.

I have been interested in good old fashioned Thai home cooking and street food for thirty years and as and when I could I have journeyed back and forwards to Bangkok to learn to cook and eat Thai food at its source.

The most important and influential  tutor for me has been Gobkaew Najpinij, who I had the privilege to call Mae (meaning mother). She was a great food historian and chef and I worked with her extensively over many years.

My first cookbook called “Mae’s Ancient Thai Food”.has been written in her honour and features her highly prized recipes.

Mae often worked with renowned chef David Thompson and she has recipes in his books – he kindly gave us a tribute on the back of the book and said:

“Ajarn Gobgaew was an inspiration to so many people by her cooking and kindness. I first met Gobgaew at a food conference two decades ago and her open-minded friendliness made me fall for her winning charms. We became fast friends – more than that as Gobgaew’s unerring taste was a certain guide in helping me learn about Thai food.

Gobgaew’s death was unexpected – she was writing recipes until the last, indicative of her strength and passion in providing culinary assistance to others.

Consequently, Carole’s book is a fitting tribute to Gobgaew’s vocation. It also maintains the Thai tradition of publishing an encomium to acknowledge the deceased.

This volume is full of true gems. I recall making the Chilli Jam with Gobgaew and will certainly want to make her Old Fashioned Soup. I can see her now, tasting, savouring, adjusting and advising. I miss Gobgaew and her cooking.

Vale Gobgaew and thank you Carole for making some of our teacher’s recipes available.”

The book and ebook are available for sale on this site and on Amazon.

I occasionally run Thai supper clubs in my own home and in unusual places. I also run Mae’s Thai Pantry supplying spices to homes and businesses.

I like to seek out traditional British food stories – so I’ll be on the lookout for places with an interesting back story and events.

This year I am going to spend some time working from a little ship based on the Island of Sardinia where I plan to reveal some of my favourite Italian recipes and inspirations from my travels.

If you are interested in working with me please email me on carole@carolemason.co.uk

Happy cooking

Carole X