Friday, February 20, 2009

marmite mania

I didn't like Marmite the first time I tried it (it's got a unique dark, rich, salty flavor), but it grew on me and now I'm a fiend about it. Give me MORE. Apparently, according to my British hubby, Marmite is as divisive in the UK as natto is in Japan - you either love it or loathe it.

I've made this garlicky Marmite bread before, so click here for the recipe, but this stuff is so good I can't stop thinking about it or wanting to shout from the blogtops how yummylicious it is.

It's best with a baguette from Bigot (pronounced bee-goh, in case you were worried).

My oven is just a wee one so I have to cut the bread in half to fit it in...but that doesn't change the taste...oh my! I want me some right now!

Even the Bean can't keep his paws (or jaws) off it...

~~~So I wanna know - how do you feel about Marmite? Natto? Tell me, tell me - I love storytime. And what would be the equivalent in the States? Whadya guys think?


K and S said...

no and definitely no, but bigot's bread...yes :)

Rachael Hutchings said...

I've never tried it but have always wanted to! I'm sure I would like it though since I have yet to meet a food I don't like. I love natto!!

Anonymous said...

Marmite in our house...

Emma: Yuck no thanks
Jemima: Every day for lunch in bread, along with some cheese protein. On toast for breakfast at the weekend.
Esther: Pthwat pthwat (impression of a 16-month old spitting it out)
Mark: On toast WITH peanut butter.


Emma in Coventry

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

K and S, thanks for sharing! Bigot's bread rocks, ne. :)

Fuji Mama, you're a brave girl for declaring you'd like it before you've even tried it, but I bet you would! You're tougher than me for liking natto - the taste is OK for me but the smell bowls me over.

Emma, how interesting! I've never heard of Marmite with peanut butter! Wowzers. I think Jemima and Matthew have the same taste buds - he asks for it all the time. :)

Maggie said...

Marmite sounds great on garlic bread, you'll get that umami flavor like you get with cheese but no dairy. I can't think of anything that would be the equivalent in the states. Maybe smoked fish, because some people are such rabid fans of it?

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Maggie, aw, smoked fish! Good suggestion for a divisive food. I've never had it - would like to try it sometime!

Anonymous said...


Can't believe I only just found your blog. And about Marmite too! And now I'm going to unashamedly 'plug' my just published book - which will make a fun stocking-stuffer for your Brit Husband! It's The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite: an anecdotal A-Z of 'Tar-in-a-Jar'. Available everywhere even on Amazon-Japan. Best way of getting info etc, is to put Marmite Maggie into a search engine, and go to: And bravo for you - acquiring a taste for the stuff! Maggie Hall, of Washington, DC & Whitby, Yorkshire.