Love it or hate it

Marmite“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.  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 ?

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16 comments

  1. I’m afraid I am a Marmite hater after ten years of living just down the road from the factory in Burton on Trent and smelling it being boiled up every day. Andy loves it though and mostly eats it just spread on toast.
    Hugs-x-

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  2. Shuddering even at the thought of it. Vile stuff as far as I’m concerned. I always remember the advert with the lifeguard who pulled the drowning man out of the sea, and then gave him the kiss of life. Unfortunately lifeguard had previously been eating Marmite! Like the drowning man, I wouldn’t have been happy lol. Think in the advert the swimmer raced back into the sea?

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    • LOL, I don’t recall that but it sounds like a very clever piece of marketing. My eldest son and I love it but Husband, younger son and daughter agree with you – vile!

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  3. Marmite is a national favourite here in New Zealand. We did have a national crisis with regular updates on the news a few years ago, when for some reason the marmite factory was not producing. We all carered to the supermarket to grab a stash when the famine was over. But, alas, initially it sold out faster than we could speed there. But thankfully, all was restored, and life is proper again, because marmite is again freely available.

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  4. I LOVE Marmite! But I’d not noticed all these other products, must suss them out! I just eat it on toast, not tried any other way. I rather fancy what Eleanor suggests, Marmite toast topped with a couple of poached eggs. Yum!

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    • It seems that there are several fellow marmiteers! I like it on toast with a hard boiled egg sliced on top. I had some of the marmite bread I made with your recipe pea and mint soup. They complimented each other very well.

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  5. My mother used to love Marmite. I used to buy it for her from the Sri Lankan store (it is not something one finds in regular grocery stores, here; same with Bovril). I, however, am not a fan of it!

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    • Never tried it!! Spread very thinly at first as it’s very rich. Try it on a cracker with some cheese. Just don’t spoon it straight from the jar!

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  6. Funnily enough when I’ve been or feel sick all I want is marmite on toast. I can’t say I love or hate it. I always put a spoonful in my shepherd’s pie. The other marmite cooking is to spread some on leftover pastry then cover with grated cheese and roll up. Cut into slices and bake. My husband loves them.

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