Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Getting to Know You.

I know that you were expecting some new and delicious recipes here today from our resident cookery expert Carol Taylor… however, I thought instead that I would share Carol’s Getting to Know you post instead. Since you were already here!!!

Carol and I teamed up a year ago for a cook from scratch series (expect that to be reshared at some point). And then as the blog moved towards a more magazine style, I suggested that Carol might like to be the food columnist. Since the beginning of the year we have been treated to recipes for many of our favourite ingredients but also some of the more exotic offerings of her home in Thailand. Always beautifully presented and easy to follow.

Carol’s column directory:

Before Carol shares the five questions that she has chosen for her interview, here is a little more about her.

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:

Time for you to put your feet up as Carol shares her craziest moment, phobia, her childhood lessons about life, singing and favourite vegetable…..

What can you tell us about your craziest experience?

Come on when you get to my age how on earth do you pick one let alone remember your craziest experience? Was it sitting at the top of the highest ever sand dune in Lancelin WA knowing that there was only one way down? Nope! Was it completing all 26.2 miles around London for the Moon Walk…Close.

I was taken by a friend, and yes we are still friends, to an Improv night, which I hadn’t to my knowledge ever heard of. The only person I knew was my friend Annie. One of the exercises was being in a lift with others. This lift was of course fictional, and the aim was to, for want of a better word, get on the nerves of the other people in that lift, which by the way was stuck.

I chose to have a screaming baby, and I think my impression of that said baby was awesome as I tried to pacify it. There were also other various exercises to perform and what got into me that night I shall never know!  It was the best and craziest fun I have ever had…ever … I do think Annie saw me in a different light that night. The actress in me was born…a crazy night..

Do you have any Phobias?

Those who know me well know by now that I don’t do processed anything or trust anyone (manufacturers) in particular. Where did that start? I put it down to this most traumatic childhood experience. Every year without fail we went to Great Yarmouth and stayed in a B & B.  This particular night we had meat pies lovingly homemade… I cut into mine and all this green stuff oozed out.

My protests were cut short by my father, “Shut up and eat it”.

What happened? The lady who made the pies had pastry left over and made herself a lovely greengage jam pie. Which was the pie I received in error, except I also got the gravy.  The rest is history…

Have you ever played or sung in public?

Both… I used to love playing my grandmothers piano every night after school I would walk to my Nan’s and practise. I loved it!

I was also a choir girl and nothing made me happier than when my oldest son joined the choir at the same church. We used to have our Easter and Christmas pageants and one time I was picked to sing a solo.

I practised and practised until we got to the dress rehearsal; all was fine, then I just dried up…couldn’t sing. The choir master came up with a brilliant idea and asked one of the other girls to sing with me. The opening night came and we all sang and performed and then came our duet. It took me a few bars until I realised that the other (preplanned) girl had stopped singing, but by then I was in full throttle and carried on. My first solo.

What did you learn from your grandparents?


Carol’s grandparents, and her mother as a baby.

I loved nothing more than spending my school holidays on my Granddad’s farm he taught me how to milk the cows and my grandma taught me how to cook on her Aga…my first foray into the world of cookery…

I loved every minute and I now think I am back to my roots …I used to run behind the baler and stack the hay, pick peas and potatoes. I learnt so much…

The one thing my Grandfather told me was never eat Veal as the cows were born to die…and I know now, that yes eventually they will die, but not to be born and then die to provide Veal. He was very much against that and the process involved in making foie gras and I have never to my knowledge and never will eat veal or foie gras.

What is your favourite vegetable and how do you like it prepared?

Quite simply Runner Beans. I love all vegetables and in the main just simply steamed, raw or with a lovely simple sauce.

I remember picking runner beans as a child and I can still see my dad’s neat rows of canes shaped like a wigwam … the beans’ little tendrils curling around the canes as they climbed to the top.

Those little red flowers which turned into the loveliest of beans.How I like to eat them. Just strung, sliced and lightly steamed and served with a little proper butter.  Plain, simple but delicious.

Well that was hard Sally…I could have opted to choose a few of the others but I am so opinionated on certain subjects that there would have been no stopping me… I opted for safe ones. xxx

My thanks to Carol for sharing her experiences and I am sure that you enjoyed as much as I did. She will be back again next week with her regular column.

You can connect to Carol here:


I am sure that Carol will love to answer your questions and read your comments. Thanks Sally


59 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Getting to Know You.

  1. Great to know a bit more about Carol. Loved the stories about her grandparents. Mine had a small farm and I loved spending time there so can relate to that. I want to know how she ended up in Thailand?

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  2. Loved learning more about Carol here. So much fun learning more about our friends. Sounds like Carol and me could get into a lot of shenanigans – the taxi lift story 🙂 Ok, is greengage pie what I’m thinking? Lol 🙂 ❤ xx

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  3. Carol, you seem to be such a fun loving person! I liked reading about your crazy adventures, love for piano and grandparents…what we learn from them seems precious all our life. When my grand daughter pulls a chair to stand on it and watch me cook, pour water in the flour and ask questions about making a dough, I proudly tell her I too learnt to make a dough from my grandma!
    Your favorite vegetable seems delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  5. I simply loved this. My home is not far from Great Yarmouth as we live on the outskirts of BuryStEdmunds Suffolk and I too have done the obligatory beach visit with kiss me quick hats and a bucket and spade.your greengage tart would have put me off forever especially with gravy. I am doing an improv workshop at the moment and am loving the crazy too. *whispers* I can’t sing in fact my grown children still dare me to as it is so bad. But it seems we have much to connect us which is funny as we lie so far apart. Sally certainly bought the best of questions and compiled a fun post for me to read this morning. Thank you both.

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