I grew up eating Marmite which is made from yeast and vegetable extract and hails from England. It is a gooey dark brown almost black paste that has an intense salty, savoury flavour to it. You either love it or hate it (which is the marketing slogan). and most of my friends do indeed hate it as they didn’t grow up eating it. It is great spread on toast especially if you add cheese. Most people only spread a thin layer on as it is quite powerful stuff but my cousin Graeme and I lay it on thick-as we always say “the thicker the better”. You can also add it to hot water to make a nice cup of broth, or to some of your recipes that call for an asian flavour as it has a somewhat comparable flavour to soy sauce. It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians (which I am not) as a great substitute for bovril.It comes in a glass jar either small or large and now comes in a plastic squeeze bottle–a great idea. I was recently given a squeeze bottle from my friend Maxine when she got back from England-thanks Max!
Marmite is available in many countries and I used to be able to buy it in Canada when I lived there though it was much more expensive than in England. Unfortunately it is not found here in Mexico which means I now have to stock pile it or rely on friends and family who visit England to bring me a jar back. My mom recently came to Cancun and she brought with her a new Marmite product called Marmite Cheese Bites I have one word to describe this little piece of heaven YUMMY. It is cheddar cheese infused with Marmite and encased in black wax.We are eating it slowly bit by bit to prolong our pleasure.
When I decided to write this post I was curious to see what results would come back from googling Marmite and I was pleasantly surprised by 566,000 results. I also checked out their website and discovered some more new products like Marmite bread sticks, Marmite rice cakes, Marmite crisps and Marmite cashews. What is a girl to do with all these new Marmite inspired goodies and nowhere to buy them? I don’t think they even have them in Canada yet. Has anyone seen them and if so where? :)
I must of course mention Marmite’s inferior knock off called Vegemite that hails from Australia and it too has vegetable extract as well as yeast extract. It is much weaker than Marmite and has had Brits and Aussies debating which one is better for years and years. My Aussie friend and I have had many heated debates over wine as to which one is superior …which of course is Marmite :)
I could go on and on raving about this elixir from the gods but I am afraid that until you try it out you just can’t truly understand what Marmite is all about besides I am hungry now and I think I will make myself a cheese and Marmite sandwich with Piccalilli – another great British product but I will save that for another post. :)