This week my weekend cooking post is not really about cooking or baking, but rather about a very controversial product. For some time now there has been a war raging on twitter about the qualities of Marmite and Vegemite. It seems that the world can be divided into two kinds of people (or rather three kinds if you count the sub divisions).
1. The people who hate Marmite and its derivatives. Period.
2. The people who passionately love those spreads. Those can be divided into:
- The people who LOVE Marmite and think Vegemite is for weaklings
- The people who HATE Marmite and think Vegemite is super yummy
Carin from A little Bookish made the ultimate test. She tried the various products and vlogged about it. You need to watch that video in order to get all the information you ever wanted on Marmite etc. On top of that you will be seeing Carin wearing a cute woolly hat.
Carin’s vlog inspired me to go to the British Empire yesterday morning and buy a small bottle of Marmite at an outrageous price. I needed to know what all the fuss was about. John, my husband, laughed his ass off and predicted that my little taste test will end up badly. I was determined to prove him wrong.
What can I say? He was right. That Marmite stuff is FOUL. OMG, why anybody would eat that is beyond me. There is a disgusting product produced by Nestle called Maggi, a salty liquid seasoning that some people use to
spice up oversalt their meals, and Marmite strongly reminded me of that. Salty with a very strange aftertaste.
John says that kids love Marmite so maybe I will use my kids as guinea pigs and try it on them. I need to get rid of it somehow. We’ll see. I won’t touch that stuff again, that’s for certain.
So, even though I have not tried Vegemite, which is said to be milder, I think I can safely say I belong to the people in category no. 1. Next time I’m offered a Marmite sandwich it’s going to be “thanks, but no, thanks”.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads
Marmite factory image by Urban Combing on flickr
Love Hate Marmite wall image by ultrhi on flickr