The Ultimate Marmite Sandwich
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....
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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!
Ma'amite - special Marmite to toast the Queen. I have some and it is certainly fit for a Queen. The Best of British!!!
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!
This is one for the lover of Marmite to show off everyday. And why not? Marmite is fast becoming a gourmet delight!
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 SlideshowClick thumbnail to view full-size
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© 2010 Lisa Marie Gabriel