My Mate, Marmite, Love It Or Hate It!
Marmite? You either love it or hate it! I was brought up on this famous yeast extract and wouldn't be without it! Do you love Marmite on toast? Are you here to read about the ultimate Marmite sandwich, or do you think it is the yuckiest thing ever? Marmite is not something you can be indifferent to! Before I rush for the toast, allow me to reminisce about my umami experiences....
All photos used here are my own, please do not copy!
Ma'amite - A Toast to the Queen - Irresistibly British
I treated my mum to some of this - the Union Jack on the bottle and the jokey Ma'amite name was such fun!
Are you a Marmite Baby?
Marmite was part of my childhood!
I am a marmite baby, I first got a taste after pilfering a piece of Dad's marmite toast. Whether simply Marmite with the golden butter dripping through, or healthy peanut butter and marmite it was ALL good! Oh MY! Marmite? Was I hooked?
Anyway recently I invested in a jar of the new Marmite XO. Now XO stands for extra old (a bit like me and not new at all) and it had such a devilish reputation it had to be good. I had got used to the Marmite you can ladle on by the spoonful. I am sure these days things are not so savoury. Tastes change, children grow up.... Then I experienced XO spread thinly on buttered toast and I was five years old again! This got me thinking about Marmite and how it sort of sits in the background of our lives waiting to leap out by its presence or absence on the shelf and My Mate gave me an idea....
A Celebration Of Marmite - Vintage Marmite Sandwich Box
What a wonderful gift for a Ma'amite lover!
Could this be the Ultimate Marmite Experience?
A very special marmite sandwich
Is this the Ultimate Marmite Sandwich? Whilst you soften the Marmite XO in a "bain marie" and chill the Rose lemonade, you can begin preparation for the ultimate experience.
This is something completely unique and balanced that Marmite fans should try. It may even convert the haters! It offers a perfect electrolytic balance, the potassium and sugars of the banana offsetting the salty Marmite. he ultimate marmite sandwich gives a low GI energy boost, health giving mono-unsaturates and anti-oxidants, and the taste is like nothing on earth!
Take two slices of pumpernickel or German black bread and cut each in half.
Arrange thin slices of fresh banana on the pumpernickel.
Drizzle unfiltered extra virgin olive oil over the banana.
Take the softened Marmite XO and drizzle that over the banana in thin black lines. You can be random, or arty - the choice is yours!
Garnish the sandwiches with rocket leaves, blueberries, pine nuts and vegetable crisps.
Serve with a wineglass of Rose lemonade or elderflower cordial.
The Ultimate Marmite Sandwich - An Impartial Critique
Marmite XO has the potential to knock your socks off, but...
When I tried the marmite sandwich on a friend, he gave this critique:
It was exciting to be the first to sample the Ultimate Marmite Sandwich. I found no single ingredient to be overbearingly dominant. The marmite sandwich was a well balanced blend of contrasting yet harmonious flavours producing a unique experience which nonetheless has a traditional feel about it. Lovely food!
For myself, I am not a fan of bananas in any form other than banana custard, yet the imagined flavour of the Ultimate Marmite Sandwich turned out to be close to the actual. I would have liked a fruitier banana, but that is the starchy English supermarket standard for you.
The flavours I found to be creamy and lush, the texture of banana is something I usually dislike, but it complemented the pumpernickel very well indeed. The fruity flavour of the olive oil augmented the banana taste and the XO and rocket gave the little kick it needed. The garnish of blueberries, pine nuts and vegetable crisps added extra sharpness and creaminess too.
The Rose lemonade was a wonderful sweet and aromatic foil to the whole. Elderflower cordial would probably serve as well to give a light floral taste which cleans the palate and complements the dish.
There is only one phrase to describe this experience:
Marmite puts the Mmmm in Ummmami.
Get Your Marmite Here..... - Or Search For Something Else?
Everyday Marmite Sandwiches
The Marmite we know and love! (Or HATE)
Pick of the bunch for Marmite Loving Amazon UK customers is this Marmite Lover's Survival Kit:
You can combine just about anything with Marmite. There are whole websites devoted to recipes by the Top Chefs in the world. For me the whole Marmite experience started out as a snack.... Crumpets with lashings of butter and marmite, jacket potatoes with butter and Marmite (sadly a thing of the past due to food intolerance) and a myriad sandwich fillings. Usually quick, simple and wonderfully pungent.
I could list dozens, but for now, just Marmite with:
Pickled Red Cabbage,
Simply Marmite - A Savoury Slideshow
Why not share it here? We are all eagerly awaiting breakfast!
© 2010 Lisa Marie Gabriel
Are You A Marmite Baby? - Do You Have a Favourite recipe?
Peter Badham from England on April 11, 2013:
I had pigeon with a marmite sauce recently which was really nice.
Sandwich wise, the classic marmite and cucumber or marmite, cheese, and ham flavour crisps sandwiches.
Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on January 30, 2013:
Despite mongo's comment below, British food is the best! Marmite, on the other hand...
casquid on October 29, 2012:
This is unfamiliar to me, an English dish. Nonetheless, I would try it, being the exotic fan of all foods. Unless I find that there is an element in this that I am allergic to, it might be tasty! Thanks for bring this to my attention.
Thanks for the like and blessings!! Blessings to you too!
anonymous on May 28, 2012:
gag me with a spoon. English food sucks!!!
Einar A on May 28, 2012:
I love Marmite, but it's hard to find here in the US.
golfspice on May 25, 2012:
I'm definitely a Marmite fan, but never heard of XO version in the UK. I will have to check this out!
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 10, 2012:
The Marmite factory in Christchurch is closed because of the earthquakes and everyone has gone wild because you can't buy it in the shops! On Trademe.co.nz right now there are two 500gram jars that have reached $41! Or how about $30 for 2x 250 gram jars...bidding still on!
Sorry I prefer Vegemite.
Mona from Iowa on December 01, 2011:
I've never heard of Marmite but you've got me rather curious now.
TapIn2U on August 16, 2011:
Delicious!This lens makes my mouth watery. Wanna eat marmite one of these days. Blessings! Sundae ;-)
Heidi from Benson, IL on April 07, 2011:
Interesting...I think I tried something like this once (Vegemite) and, IMHO, it goes best with a generous helping of peanut butter. LOL.
Julianne Gentile from Cleveland, Ohio, US on February 14, 2011:
I do love Marmite. I wish it was a bit less salty, though. I prefer Vegemite because it seems less salty to me, but I love them both. Good for vegetarians. Blessed by a Squid Angel
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on September 30, 2010:
I think I just read about heaven in a jar. No? I am in SoCal where can I buy it? 97210?
poppy mercer from London on September 25, 2010:
I left you a little story about me and marmite here...did you get it or is it one of the the lost messages?
poppy mercer from London on September 24, 2010:
I just had to go and make one! About 15 years ago Marmite in England threatened to update and change their packaging...I wrote to headquarters asking them to reconsider. They did, and I sometimes wonder if it was my letter that did it.
LouiseKirkpatrick from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on September 05, 2010:
Oh yes! - Marmite is just AWESOME...and it's seriously good for you stuffed full of B vitamins and Folic Acid :) When I was pregnant I craved Cheese, Banana and Marmite sandwiches - I must have eaten hundreds of them - serious YUMNESS :D
Blessed by a fellow SquidAngel :)
Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on June 30, 2010:
For some, that would be heresy - I say vegemite is different, but just as nice.... :)) Thanks for visiting!
Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on June 29, 2010:
My brother-in-law spent a few years with Chrysler Australia and when they returned to the States, my sister brought me a jar of Vegemite. I assume Marmite has a lot in common with this Aussie delicacy. I used to enjoy poached eggs atop a piece of toast spread with butter and a thin film of Vegemite. Delicious!
Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on May 02, 2010:
Thank you so much for the blessing! I hope you tried the marmite and banana too! :)
myraggededge on May 02, 2010:
Wow! Marmite and bananas! Lensrolled to my Toast lens and sprinkled with a little Angel seasoning :-)
Karen from U.S. on April 17, 2010:
I've only had a taste -- I think if I had grown up with it, I'd enjoy it more, but it really wasn't all that bad either :-) I enjoyed reading your lens!
LadyFlashman from United Kingdom on April 17, 2010:
BRILLIANT lens!!! I adore marmite, have you tried it in a baked potato? I also love it on a buttery crumpet. I am intrigued by the Ultimate Sandwich, I am off to by the ingredients tomorrow! Favourited and Fived!
desilegend on April 16, 2010:
I don't eat Marmite but this page looks delicious. Please stop me licking my screen. LOL
Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on April 15, 2010:
Thank you all for visiting :) If you love or hate marmite you will know what it is all about. If you have never tried it, you are in for.... loving it or hating it :) Thanks for calling :D
GrowWear on April 15, 2010:
Oh my, this Squid from the South is going to try her some Marmite one of these days. :)
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on April 14, 2010:
Love this lens. We use Marmite in soup and on cheese and marmite sandwiches. Haven't tried the XO, yet
anonymous on April 13, 2010:
I have never had Marmite, so can't say anything about that. But, this is a cool lens.
anonymous on April 13, 2010:
What a brilliant lens - even though I am a marmite hater :)
Emily Tack from USA on March 16, 2010:
I'm with Hannah, and embarrassed, too! Don't know what it is, but I am definitely going to find out! Really cool lens! 5*'s!
HannahDavis on March 16, 2010:
I have no idea what Marmite is! I feel so out of the loop! You now have me intrigued. Maybe you could add a module explaining what it tastes like or at least what is made from so the uniformed could guess? lol! Very enjoyable lens!