Marmite!

roselette23
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Maki was praising marmite a while ago on Just Hungry, so I finally decided to try it. It's not bad! I tried it on melba toast and fried tofu. A little does go a long way.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Marmite!

It's nicest at about a 1:5 ratio with butter, on hot toast or really fresh white bread.

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Re: Marmite!

Is it the thing said about: You like it, or you hate it? I have never tried before, and I do not think I should buy it before I tried. What should I do with it if I hate it?

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roselette23
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Re: Marmite!

If you hate it, send your jar to me. Seriously, I tried it last night on toast with butter and I'm now HOOKED.

Sassia
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Re: Marmite!

Marmite is definitely something you either love or hate and they had an advertising campaign about it. I think the most important thing to know is that you spread it THINLY, I repeat THINLY!!!! A little goes more than a long way!

Loretta
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Re: Marmite!

When it comes to Marmite I'm in both camps.

I LOVE British Marmite!

I HATE New Zealand Marmite!

Sorry Bronwyn!

As well as spreading marmite thinly on bread (although my definition of 'thinly' has become more generous over years of Marmite eating - kind of like those ladies whose layers of make up get thicker and thicker as they get used to looking at the results in a mirror over the years) I like to use it in my cooking. For instance, I dissolve a teaspoon into a cup of hot water before adding it to Cous Cous. No salt is then required and I get a gentle savoury flavour (doesn't taste of Marmite at all) along with the extra B vitamins.

Even if you don't like the taste of Marmite, it's a great addition to anything that uses stock - just cut back on the salt when using it. It's been used to make Vegetarian stocks and stews since the early 1900s.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Marmite!

Don't apologise:-)

Here in New Zealand, and I suspect in Australia too, people argue the merits of Marmite vs. Vegemite. I have to say, I can't tell the difference in taste. It's easy enough to tell the difference by appearance, but they all taste the same to me. I can't taste truffles though - I think I may be missing a bit of tasting apparatus.

I did a taste test on a (NZ) friend who was visiting from Germany at Christmas, who swore he could tell the difference, and tricked him a bit - I made three different toasts instead of two, because I happen to have some English Marmite in the cupboard (here it's called Our Mate). He was quite certain that the English stuff was Vegemite, and the NZ stuff and the Vegemite were both Marmite.

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Re: Marmite!

I like Vegemite, Marmite, or swiss Cenovis, mostly sparingly spread on a buttered slice of bread. I sometimes also use it to flavour salad dressing. There are differences in taste, I suppose, but I don't eat it so often, and I never tried to compare them side to side, as I didn't have them at the same time and place, so for me it's almost the same.

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Re: Marmite!

Ooh! Marmite broth! Gotsta try dat....

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Re: Marmite!

Marmite is definitely something u can love or u can hate. I like it and you should try it on Cheese. That fits together very well.

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Marmite Spaghetti

Nigella Lawson (a notorious British food writer/presenter) has just caused a stir by introducing a recipe by Anna del Conte for Marmite Spaghetti.

Marmite is packed with umami flavours so it makes as much sense to me as butter shoyu spaghetti.

It's the second recipe in this article:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jul/19/anna-conte-nigella-la...

To me it seems like an interesting alternative to pasta with garlic and oil (aglio e olio) particularly for when I've run out of the good olive oil.

VERDICT
Tried some this evening as I wanted a quick pick me up after feeding my daughter food my husband had prepared for her earlier (had chicken in it so not for me).
Ridiculously easy to do and very tasty (suprisingly 'Japanese' tasting, reminded me of some butter shoyu potato fries I've had).
My daughter had eaten her fill already but kept asking for more strands of the spaghetti. Definitely a hit with her.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Marmite Spaghetti

I love the way you describe Nigella as "notorious". She gives me the willies, but my male friends love her. How terribly unexpected.

I tried the Marmite spaghetti. Didn't like it. Maybe because I'm not a child, and maybe because I don't really like Marmite all that much. Or maybe because of the dried spaghetti - it's been a long time since I ate any pasta that wasn't fresh. I might give it another go with fresh next time I make some. I have told my daughter-in-law to try it with Vegemite for the little girls though.

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Re: Marmite Spaghetti

Mmm, I know UK Marmite is different. We can get it here, I have a jar of it, and that's what I used. Maybe I should try it with the NZ one.

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Re: Marmite Spaghetti

There's an impression artiste called Ronni Ancona who does a fabulous send up of Nigella
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TuCn8xA6SI
Her caricatures helped me to stop shuddering when Nigella is on TV and chuckle instead.

I can't imagine I'd like marmite spaghetti made with NZ marmite either. My first and only encounter with it was when a Kiwi friend prepared me crumpets and marmite, he'd not mentioned it was the home brewed stuff making it the ultimate surprise blind test. The difference between the NZ and UK varieties was powerful enough to make me rush to rinse my mouth out... urgh!

My husband came back from work very late last night so a midnight snack of UK Marmite spaghetti with the last dregs from the jar was appropriate. He confirmed that it tastes a bit 'Japanese'.
I forgot to mention that we were out of parmesan yesterday so made the spaghetti without it.

(Spaghetti is one kind of pasta that I prefer dried to fresh, but I'm quite fussy about which I use. It can't be extruded through plastic because I like the surface to feel rough, and the flour needs to be the right kind as I need spaghetti to have an 'al dente' bite - something you don't get with fresh spaghetti, I also like spaghetti to be long. The best value spaghetti I've found to tick all these boxes is the Lucio Garofalo pasta wrapped in purple paper, it seems expensive but it's packed as a kilogram so it's the equivalent of two packs of any alternative pasta packaged as 500gms. In the UK it's found at Sainsburies... when they feel like stocking it... grrr!

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Re: Marmite!

Biiiiig difference in taste to vegemite, marmite is stronger.

And when starting out on marmite a little does go a long way. Then you get to be like me become an addict and need that slight tingly sensation each time you eat it, but as you have got used to it you end up using more and more and more!!!

I eat it every morning spread on weetabix (I know weird but it was the only way my mum could get me to eat them and get a good breakfast as I needed to eat more fibre said the doc) just like toast. Toast is good too. Oooooh and use it in your gravy, just a bit, taste nom! And make the marmite drink, mixed with boiling water and dip your toast in. Mega comfort food when your ill or its cold!!

I got a marmite cook book for christmas last year, along with a special edition jar of the stuff (matured for 5 years was nom!).

I love marmite xD But google for recipes I am sure there must be some around, its not just for toast or sandwiches!

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Re: Marmite!

I prefer Vegemite, even though I'm from New Zealand.
Marmite is too sweet-like for me. I prefer Vegemite ^0^
I like to eat it sometimes, I love the strong taste :)

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Marmite!

English Marmite tastes quite a lot different from ours. I'd love to do my blind taste test experiment on you though - maybe we can arrange it?

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Re: Marmite!

Welcome to another New Zealander.
I prefer Vegemite too.
Lettuce and Vegemite or cheese and Vegemite sandwiches.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Marmite!

Did you think up the chip sandwiches yourself or did someone suggest it? "Chippie and marmite sandwiches" are a favourite of small New Zealand children. The chips give such a lovely crunchy texture; I'm quite fond of them myself, although I haven't actually had one in decades.

keal
Re: Marmite!

Here in Hawaii, we grew up with asian foods flavored with oyster sauce, soy sauce, and brown gravy, and these 3 things seem to have common elements with Marmite's taste.

I ordered the Marmite squeezy bottles from Amazon.com and I think it's the British version? Anyway, my first try with it was on a piece of bread with a lot of butter and a small bit of Marmite. It was good! Like a savory butter taste. Then I tried another slice with butter and a ton of Marmite. It had a sour, but not bad, taste.

In less than a week, I've found a place for Marmite in my weekly menu. I really enjoy pizza with mayo and marmite on top. Also chip sandwiches - which is butter, marmite, and potato chips in 2 pieces of bread - a real treat!

Those accustomed to the flavor of oyster sauce in their cooking, or anchovies (or any type of fish sauce), as well as fermented foods such as natto (fermented soy beans), kimchi (fermented pickled cabbage) or any really stinky cheese, will find Marmite isn't such an extreme flavor, rather it's a very, very good savory condiment, worth the high price.

Try the chip sandwich, especially. Wow.

keal
Re: Marmite!

Here in Hawaii, we grew up with asian foods flavored with oyster sauce, soy sauce, and brown gravy, and these 3 things seem to have common elements with Marmite's taste.

I ordered the Marmite squeezy bottles from Amazon.com and I think it's the British version? Anyway, my first try with it was on a piece of bread with a lot of butter and a small bit of Marmite. It was good! Like a savory butter taste. Then I tried another slice with butter and a ton of Marmite. It had a sour, but not bad, taste.

In less than a week, I've found a place for Marmite in my weekly menu. I really enjoy pizza with mayo and marmite on top. Also chip sandwiches - which is butter, marmite, and potato chips in 2 pieces of bread - a real treat!

Those accustomed to the flavor of oyster sauce in their cooking, or anchovies (or any type of fish sauce), as well as fermented foods such as natto (fermented soy beans), kimchi (fermented pickled cabbage) or any really stinky cheese, will find Marmite isn't such an extreme flavor, rather it's a very, very good savory condiment, worth the high price.

Try the chip sandwich, especially. Wow.

Sassia
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Re: Marmite!

I have to echo what other people have said here. You do start using more and more marmite! I said before that a little went a very long way. Erm....it doesn't now. I spread it quite thickly.

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