“Marmite – love it or hate it.” Don’t you think it is cleverest advertising slogan? So successful has this been that the term ‘marmite’ has been coined to describe anything that invokes strongly opposed opinions. I’m firmly in the ‘love it’ camp and one of the snacks I really enjoy is having it spread it on toast topped with cottage cheese. It’s also pretty amazing spread on toast which is topped with Cheddar and grilled. Nowadays I buy the lower salt version but have noticed no discernable difference in taste.
It is possible to buy marmite flavoured snacks such as crisps, cashew nuts, rice cakes and various biscuits, but I often find that they are not quite ‘marmitey’ enough. Twiglets hit that particular spot most closely, and I’ve been enjoying the little biscuits shown below which compliment a bit of cheddar very nicely. Talking of cheese, did you know that you can buy Marmite cheese, though I’ve only found it in these little individual packets. They are delicious, but again, could do with having a stronger Marmite taste; likewise the flatbreads.
But even for me, it’s not a case of ‘love it’ in all circumstances. I once tried marmite flavour chocolate but a tiny square was enough to convince me that this was several steps too far!
Among my birthday gifts from my daughter was a bag of Joe & Seph Marmite popcorn. I first discovered this company at the Good Food Show a few years ago, and they produce wonderful popcorn in a great many flavours (the blue cheese and walnut version is sublime)….and this from someone who never eats ‘conventional’ popcorn.
If you want an unusual foodie gift for someone, take a look at the huge range of flavours they offer here … sweet, savoury and even alcoholic! The Marmite popcorn is an interesting one. It is strongly flavoured but curiously more ‘barbecue’ than Marmite. Nevertheless, it’s delicious!
I often add a tablespoon of Marmite to a casserole and it really enriches a chilli bean stew but otherwise, cooking with Marmite has proved a little disappointing. I found a recipe for Cheese & Marmite soup but I’m not convinced about that one so I didn’t bother. The Marmite soda bread was not a success. Despite my anti-food waste stance, I stoically munched my way through half a slice before reluctantly giving up and consigning it to the bin. Another thing I tried was a cheese and Marmite muffin recipe. I looked forward to posting a photograph and telling you how delicious they were, but whilst they were edible, delicious they were not!
Then today I decided to try a Jack Monroe recipe from her blog, Cooking on a Bootstrap, for a Marmite loaf. A straightforward loaf this time – no soda involved. I’ve always found Jack’s recipes good so I gave it a go. Have you ever tried to weigh out 50g of Marmite? It’s a messy business, but the bread is very good indeed – though next time I think I may up that 50g a little! Most of the loaf has now been sliced and frozen. I think it will be great with soup.
How about you? Are you are lover of Marmite’s salty stickiness ?