Marmite is what my dad has on his toast most mornings or what most people I know have as opposed to jam or marmalade if they are on faddy diets. I might add that it smells absolutely vile and I doubt I'll ever try it in this lifetime. I think you either love it or you hate it basically and there's no in between.
As for missing foods in every country - nope I usually am adventurous when it comes to food abroad and am willing to try anything that comes along (just as long as it doesn't have marmite with it)
Marmite - Rachel is right you either love it or you hate it . . even the adverts have been developed along this theme.
As to what is actually is . . it is Yeast extract with a few added bits . .absolutely delicious!
Marmite is marmite.
to elaborate... it is best eaten on toast or with peanut butter can also be used as a flavour enhancer in veggie meals like fake shepherds pie and is also particularly nice in cheese and salad sandwiches.
It is a slightly sticky dark brown/black of gloopy consistency.
In the olden days it was made with beef extract and it has a slightly tangy flavour.
Highly useful in those tipsy situations when you need a dare. (one friend swallowed an entire tablespoons worth.)
Marmite is best, well sealed in a jar My boyfriend is English and he loves the damn stuff, I can't stand the smell of it. Sorry, no offense meant. I like liver, which a lot of people can't stand, sooooo!!!
As to what I miss when travelling: Nothing, I like all the comforts at home but enjoy being without them when travelling. It's good coming back (sometimes ), but doing without my bed, food, music etc. etc. only adds to the adventure of travelling, whether it's for a week-end or 3 months (only been tried out once, unfortunately).
I don't eat food that is too much like what I eat at home, I like trying out whatever food is eaten where I go. Only had McD a few times when travelling, because of my son who at one point got bored with rice
For most people it seems to be foods/drinks they miss.
And to cover a couple of things
- 'frikandel speciaal' (in Homer Simpson mode) Mmmmmm. Frikandel.
- I don't tend to drink tea when travelling, but if i'm in the same place for more than a few days, i crave a cup of tea. When actually travelling, it never even occurs to me.
- Mim, a friend of mine traveling through India for 6months once had a craving for marmite. The only one she could find was a 1kg tub designed for caterers. She proceeded to eat the Entire tub on it's own with a spoon on a 1 hour bus jny.....
- Personally, i'm one of the very rare people (have never actually met another one!) who is in the middle regarding marmite. If i never eat it again, i won't really care, but if i have to eat it tomorrow, it's no problem. Everybody else and even the adds all seem to either love or hate.
And finally, just realised the other thing i forgot to mention that i miss. I KNOW this will sound stupid, but i am being serious. I actually miss rain!!!! Being Welsh and growing up in Briatin where it rains at least half of the time (good fine drizzle which gets everywhere, not proper monsoon rain) i do sometimes get withdrawal symptoms when it hasbn't rained for more than a week or 2!
Gelli, thats pretty impressive (the marmite thing) allthough I'm not at all surprised she craved it in india the only thing they have to put on toast out there is this really revolting jam that I always described as melted down jellybabies.
Funny, but I don't miss anything when I travel. My father used to be a diplomat, therefore, we lived mostly in the foreign countries, and travel to numerous places. Now, I am married and lived in the US. Each time, I go abroad, it just like visiting my other homes. I might miss my family a bit. Other than that I don't miss the food, the bed, my city. And the least I miss is my job (haha!) A couple years back I was stranded in Bangkok with a standby ticket and no seats available for 3 days! All I had was my credit card and a couple hundred dollars. My home was half way around the world (in Texas, USA). I wasn't worry, just enjoy my time shopping, and eventually bought a ticket going back to US by way of Hongkong, Los Angeles, instead of London as previously schedule. I am about to do similar trip in April: Texas, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, France, back to Texas. Now that I am no longer laid off from my airline job, I have to put my trip round the world in one weekend until sometime in the fall, and then maybe next winter I will try to make a trip to Vietnam to do some skiing- yes, I said skiing ( I want to be the first person ever ski in Vietnam).
have none of you brits in oz noticed that they dont sell prawn cocktail flavoured crisps!? hehe I love em and regularly get friends to send me a few packets over!
dont miss nothing else about england tho!
Marmite! Proof there is a God. And that he/she likes toast.