Preliminary Marmite Report
Well, we did it.
I picked up the Marmite during the boy’s practice tonight, brought it back and proudly displayed it to Brad’s British soccer coach, who with one look at the small interestingly shaped little jar about went into convulsions. He “Can’t bear the stuff!” We bought some regular Wal-Mart brand butter crackers (to enhance the butter experience), brought our supplies home and ceremoniously laid them out on the kitchen table.
The first thing we did of course was open the tiny jar and smell it. I can’t really discribe the smell other than to say that it brought back a faint memory, a familiarity from sometime in my distant past, perhaps the time when my dad was tarring the roof of the motel. Sorry Trevor, I didn’t read your post until after our experience. We used Fabio’s “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” We’ll have to try again with the real dairy stuff.
My first reaction was “very salty”, then once the flavor hit, Uggg! I guessed I was immediately in the “Hate it” category. But, not to be defeated, we thinned down our Marmite layer, fluffed up the butter layer and tried again. Much better. We can see it is to be an acquired taste but with lots of butter, it’s really not bad, more of a delicacy. And at over $1.00 an oz., it better be something that is served only at fancy times.
The only weird one of the family was Brad (9). Somehow, he had tasted Vegemite at school and loved it. When I mentioned Marmite, he knew immediately what it was and wanted to eat it out of the jar on the way home from soccer practice. At home, he tried the buttered down version then was eating it quite thickly on butterless crackers. You know, come to think of it, our last name, Edwards, is a Welsh name. There you go, we are a natural at Marmite dining.
In the vernacular of my British compadres, we’ll “give it another go” later on in the weekend. Our unicycle club is heading out early to Circus World in Baraboo, WI in the morning. We’ll be the special guests when we ride in the Old Fashioned Circus Parade on the grounds tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.