Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Food Wednesday - May 16, 2012

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So today's post isn't exactly a mystery.  But for most blathering colloquials living stateside (like me), it's probably unheard of.

Find out more about this unique food stuff after the jump

Marmite, not to be confused with its down under counterpart--Vegemite, is essentially the leftover stuff that accumulates during brewing process.  IT'S BEER (boiled into a thick paste)!

The taste is not entirely unlike drinking a malty beer from a salted margarita glass.  I know it sounds gross, but so does soy sauce.  And like the popular Asian condiment it's full of umami.

I will admit that most people either "love it or hate it."  I suspect this is part because of its strong flavor (by itself it can be somewhat of a palate killer).  Personally, I find when a small amount is appropriately paired with something else it can be unusually refreshing.

Photo courtesy of Andrew M. Brown's piece as it appears on the

The official Marmite website ( offers a wide variety of pairings including a sandwich named "the Ploughman."


     Take two slices of buttered bread and spread Marmite on one.
     Add sliced or grated Cheddar cheese.
     Layer with spring onion, Dijon mustard, shredded lettuce and sliced cucumber.

Unfortunately, this little jar of umami-goodness can be hard to find in the states (I buy mine at the local Kroger in the British Foods section).  Try venues that specialize in imports from the UK or a specialized food shop.  And as with all things, "don't knock it, 'til you've tried it."

Eat good food.  Drink good beer.  And above all, stay classy!

1 comment:

  1. As a home brewer, I cannot imagine scooping up a spoonful of trub and eating it! Could be delicious though...never tried.


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