I Love Marmite

21 Apr

I first read of Marmite in one of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks. Fellow Americans claimed it was icky. My English friend James said it was fantastic, particularly with cheese.

I wasn’t entirely convinced.

Wikipedia describes Marmite as being “made from yeast extract” and “extremely salty and savoury.”

While living in an isolated part of Washington state, I wasn’t able to find Marmite in any of the stores. The opportunity to try some arose when I visited London, though. My hotel rate included a full breakfast, and English friends assured me that Marmite is always available in such places. They cautioned that due to its strong flavor, I should only spread a very thin layer on my toast.


I wasn’t terribly eager to try poor Marmite, because I had a feeling it was going to taste like bitter old Guinness.

Since I failed to make it to breakfast the entire time I was in Britain because of enjoying too many ciders in the pubs the nights previous (yes, those are all plural), I thought I’d never get to taste England’s most beloved condiment. Then I moved back to the great state of Florida, where we have Publix supermarkets. They carry Marmite, HP Sauce, Aero bars, Jammy Dodgers, PG Tips, and a host of other splendid English food items. Nirvana!

I tried my first Marmite on buttered toast, and I loved it. It didn’t taste yeasty or beer-y at all; it actually reminds me of gravy or beef consomme (despite being a vegetarian product). I think they must put crack in it, too, because I have excitedly devoured Marmite toast every morning since then, and I long for Marmite during the workday.

Do follow the Brits’ advice and use a very thin layer – it’s robust! Marmite makes a very good addition to a grilled cheese sandwich, too, if you’re a fan of salty flavors!

Nigella has a recipe for Marmite Spaghetti, which I cannot wait to try. I think I may have to convince Mr. Parker to sample some this evening!

Okay, Englishpeople. You win this one. Marmite is good.


2 Responses to “I Love Marmite”

  1. kate | transatlantic sketches June 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    nooooooooo!!! say it isn’t soo!!! marmite is so ickyyyyyy.

    • Carly June 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      It’s not so bad when you combine it with butter! 🙂

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