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Friday, 5 June 2009

Marmite: Yet Again

Anyone who has followed this blog since its inception and knows me knows that I love Marmite. I'm not the sort of person who insists on eating 'British' food when in another country but I do like my Marmite. In the antipodes there is a substance (I use the word advisedly) called Marmite and another called Vegemite. Vegemite (which was first produced in Australia in 1922), in particular, is revered as the very essence of being Australian. If you want to buy the real McCoy in New Zealand you have to buy My Mate.

Now who on earth buys the little ones?

I can even forgive them the silly labels


  1. Hmmm...I am wondering what exactly this marmite might taste like...looks to be chocolatey or maybe like molasses? Hmmmm...

    Now, I must tell you, GB, that whenever I click onto this one blog - I am forced to exit. The clocks (for some reason) have caused my system to glitch...every time I visit. Somehow I manage to comment with no trouble but it isn't until I do, that I am able to actually read your posting. I don't know why??

    I do hope that you've enjoyed today, my friend :)

  2. I'll let GB try to describe the taste but with regard to your comment about the clocks: I have had to stop visitng a couple of blogs because of the add-ons they have. They make my computer crash each time - consequently I can't even tell them it's happening! It's probably something in our own computers that does it but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. I hope that if you (or anyone) ever has trouble with mine you'll let me know and I'll try to sort it.

    PS - I love Marmite too.
    PPS - but a warning to migraine sufferers - it contains thiamin and can be a trigger. However, thiamin is also used in migraine cures so it can have the opposite effect and help relieve them. It's certainly worth experimenting to find out which effect it has.

  3. Well, Heather, I've been thinking upon the question of how one describes the taste of Marmite. And by this I mean British Marmire not New Zealand Marmite which is similar but the difference is such that I won't eat it whereas I eat lots of the proper stuff.

    It's savoury. It's salty. It tastes like absolutely nothing else. I just can't describe it. However if you look it up on Wikipedia you will find out all about it and Wiki describes the taste thus: "The British version of the product is a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty and savoury with umami qualities, somewhat comparable to soy sauce. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company's marketing slogan: "Love it or hate it." "

    If you then go to 'umami' on Wiki you will be blown away!