Thursday, 6 April 2017

A New Mate


My first experience of Marmite was at university, I was kissed by someone who had been eating it. Oh my goodness, you should not be allowed to surprise a girl in that way. 

That put me firmly in the "hate" camp, until a few years ago when I read a few recipes assuring me that if I added it to a stew it would add a delicious flavour with none of that surprising edge, it's true and helps to make a lovely savoury gravy. One day last year Dan came home with some Marmite crisps, now if there is anything that can tempt me it's crisps, so I tentatively tried one and loved it! So then I thought if I eat it in a stew and eat more packets of the crisps than I would admit in public then maybe I could eat it as it is. 

So I have been in training. I started with the teeniest amount of the stuff on the end of a spoon, probably around 1% of a teaspoon, and gradually built up to maybe half a teaspoon. This morning I took the leap and had some black gloop on toast for my breakfast. The initial bite was unpleasant, but then I got over the shock and finished the whole slice. Progress!

The swingometer needle has moved and I'm hovering around "not bad" for the time being. If I ever make it to "love" I'll let you know. 

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    1. I have always been amazed at how few people don't like it. Before I started to try to train myself people would laugh at my dislike of the stuff.

      I can't stand olives either, that also seems to be a shocking thing to reveal.

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  2. I love the supermarket brand marmite, I have it spread thick like tar. I have a memory though of when I was in the states giving some to someone to try and he thought I was trying to trick him, he wouldn't believe it was food.

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    1. Ha! I bet he did. The guy I mentioned a while ago (was it even here?) who thought feeding him a crumpet was a trick was exactly the same with marmite.

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  3. I absolutely love marmite, I was a marmite baby.


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    1. It's one of those things, I can see why people love it but it is taking me a looooooooong time to get used to the taste.

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  4. I love it on toast with peanut butter. It's really good!

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    1. Ooooh, that sounds interesting, thanks.

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  5. I tried it once but didn't like it. Sorry. X

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  6. A teaspoon of marmite mixed into cooked pasta is amazing, trust me! I love marmite on toast with avocado for breakfast, food of the gods xxx

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    1. Avocados improve most things, I can see why that works.

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  7. Banana and Marmite sandwiches on wholemeal bread - yum!

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  8. Marmite was my first love, can eat it on toast til the cows come home. As a child, I would burn the side of my face with the saltiness of it but now I use Sainsbury-mite as it is reduced salt, still tastes good, I now find marmite original too salty and too strong!

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    1. I too went for the reduced salt option this time, it's still packed with flavour though (for good or ill!)

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  9. Love it, and always have! The Sainsbury's one is pretty good, I don't like the 'all natural ones' you get in healthfood shops. They're almost as bad as Vegemite!

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    1. I bought the health food shop one once, purely because it contains more b12, it does taste very different to the regular product though.

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  10. I tried marmite when we visited the UK a few years back.... Not my favorite thing to eat, though I did at least try it, which was more than Harvey did.

    God bless.

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    1. You were very brave!

      When I worked in hotels we always gave a pat on the back to any overseas visitors willing to try the foods with more of an acquired taste.

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  11. It was hate at first taste, but it's grown on me! First I liked Twiglets, and then I thought my toasted cheese sandwiches needed "a little something"! I also use it in stews and spaghetti sauce to deepen the taste (also use miso paste for this).

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    1. It really is great in stews, I love miso too - something I started eating for the probiotic benefits, but I do enjoy it. I can imagine marmite working with a cheese sandwich, in the same way Fran teams it with avocado, creamy + salty.

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    1. I haven't had them for ages!

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    2. at Christms my sister dips twiglets in marmite!

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  13. Have you tried Cheese and Marmite toasted sandwiches (Starbucks did them for years as a breakfast Panini). Absolutely the BEST THING EVER!! Jx

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    1. I have never been a fan of cheese, but I can see how cheese and marmite would be a classic combination. I love a panini though.

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  14. I love marmite. It was my dinner on toast last night.

    There was a piece in a newspaper the other day about all of its good properties, one of which is it helps with memory function. I best start eating more!!! Hope you are well

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    1. So much marmite love here!

      I have heard it contains lots of good stuff, I am trying to embrace it to up my b12 intake, when it comes down to it, I don't have to like it I just have to do it!

      I'm great thanks, hope things are going well for you.

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