Unquestionably Intense

It must have been a few months ago when Kelly challenged me to try Marmite. Knowing that I had pledged to try 25 foods that make other people gag, she figured that Marmite might be a perfect addition to the list.  She was right.

Have you ever heard of Marmite? I hadn't when Kelly suggested it.  But it's a close cousin to something I had heard of, Vegemite. Marmite is yeast paste.  Sounds yummy, right? It has a similar consistency to molasses and it looks like it too.  But its flavor? It is unquestionably intense. It's salty, vinegar-y and bright.  After my first bite I had to pause.  It made me flinch. Yes, you read that right. I flinched.  The flavor exploded on my tongue. I wasn't sure if I was up to another bite.  But I braved it and was ultimately glad I did.

I'm going to assume Marmite is an acquired taste but I'm not willing to give up on it yet. I wouldn't put myself in the "I LOVE IT" camp.  Go ahead, call me a glutton for punishment because I'm on a mission to develop a taste for it.  I was really excited to find several recipes on the Marmite website. Here's one:

Marmite and Cheese Dream

  1. Take a couple of slices of bread and spread with butter.
  2. On one of the slices spread your Marmite on top of the butter (we'd recommend 4g, or about the end of a knife).
  3. Now lay on a slice of your favourite hard cheese (e.g Cheddar, Emmental etc).
  4. Finish off with some salad vegetables and close this delicious combo with the other slice of bread.

I'll keep you informed of the progress...

Have you ever tried Marmite? What's your favorite way to eat it?