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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Chicken Marmite

One of my favorite things to do when I travel to a new area is to spend time in the local markets. Pitiful isn't it? Only a foodie would understand. I love to wander through the grocery stores and look at the selections on the shelf. Some things are vaguely familiar, some totally bizarre.

While I was recently in London, I saw something on the shelf that looked like something I had never seen at the Piggley Wiggley. Marmite it a jelly? a sauce? a spice? I'm still not real sure.

Marmite is a condiment~ I guess. It was enough to intrigue me, so I bought several jars. Bringing home a local condiment is better than a tee shirt isn't it? People seemed to either love it or hate it.

I did use it as a baste on chicken and it was rather interesting. Kind of a hops, yeast, toasted, salty flavor...really a nice compliment to a bland free range chicken breast.

Chicken Marmite
4 chicken breasts
1/4 cup Marmite
1 onion, sliced

Coat each chicken breast generously with Marmite, pepper generously. Place in a baking dish with slices of onion. Cover and bake at
350° for 45-50 minutes.

I really was very good! The chicken stayed moist and the 'sauce' was good over rice. Bill and I pronounced it a winner!

Does anyone have any experience with Marmite? If so let me know~ I have several more jars to use!

Let me hear from my London friends!


Professor Howdy said...

Very good work!

lululu said...

Looks so yummy!!!
Such a brave and successful dish!!!

Lydia said...

Honestly, on my first trip to London many years ago, I bought some Marmite to bring home. Turned out I'm one of the "hate it" contingent. So my advice with your many jars is to regift it!

Jerry said...

Marmite is nasty stuff. I guess that puts me in the 'hate it' category. Honestly - those Brits who force this stuff on their children should be done for child abuse! LOL

We have a friend from the UK who goes through a jar every 2 weeks (you can purchase it here in Canada).

I'd be happy to bring you a case when we go to Savannah.

sandi said...

Howdy~ thanks for stopping in! you've got some funny stuff=D
Jerry~ you might want to save yours... but I can think of plenty of other stuff to bring.
Lydia~ I think that is just what Jerry is doing.
LuLuLu~ after reading these comments you may change your mind.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Thanks so much for visiting me today! Marmite is an aquired taste, that's true. When my kids were young our best friends and neighbors were Australian, they ate it every day on a sandwich, just bread, butter and Marmite. We got to like it that way, too.

I love shopping the markets in Europe or other countries, it's just sooo fun,isn't it??

Kevin said...

Coincidence or conspiracy?

The French Nest said...

My mum was born in England and is in the 'love it' category. To her it's comfort food...she likes to put it on toast or bread and butter. Your chicken recipe looks delish!


Palma said...

Don't know about Marmite, but I love your sunflowers with iris!

see you there! said...

I've only heard of putting it on toast, that's the way I tried it when visiting friends in England. Can't say I was wild about it.

I think you were very brave to try it on chicken. I'm just going to take your word for the fact that it was good tho.


Carla said...

I'm like you...I absolutely love pursuing the market when I travel. Yum, yum.

geosmythe said...

YUMMY!! I love this blog!

Adriann said...


I've gone and answered you tag. Thanks for making me an honorary Southerner...


Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

Sandi- Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. We have something in common as my Paternal Grandmother once owned a place called The Whistlestop. My maiden name is actually Whistle! I will stop by here often. It feels like home.

justabeachkat said...

I love trying new things too, but my hubby is VERY picky. From the other comments, it sounds like you need to try it next on toast.

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lidy~ we could spend days wandering.
Kevin~ I go with the conspiracy theory
Kate~ one for the Love It side!
Palma~ ciao bella
Darla~ I can tell you are not a very brave soul!
Carla~ alright you come with Lidy and me too.
Geo~ glad you stopped in...Y'all come back again.
Adrian~ I'm off to check out your southernisms.
Jen~ we must be kin!

Britt-Arnhild said...

I travel alot, and favorite places to visit are always markets and grocery stores :-)

mrsnesbitt said...

If you ever need further supplies just give me a call! I, can not stand the stuff! LOL!

However it is good to add to welsh rarebit cheese etc!

Cheryl said...

I was gonna say I never remember to look in food markets when I go away, but then I can't remember the last time I went away on a real trip. But I will definitely do this when I go.

What a cool find.

wheresmymind said...

Ya'll are brave...I can't handle the Marmite!

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Britt-Arnhild~ I've loved reading about your travels!
Mrs Nesbitt~ I bet it would be tastey in Welsh Rarebit Fondue. I have plenty!
Boston~ I can't believe you don't like Marmite.

Kari said...

This sort of reminds me of the year I spent in upstate New York. It was ALMOST like living in a foreign country at times. lol One day I went to the grocery store and they were selling some fresh okra in the produce section - I was thrilled! I bagged up a mess of it and took it to the cashier...she looked at it, rolled the bag around a little, poked it, prodded it and finally asked me "what IS this stuff?". When I told her what it was and even had to spell it for her, she asked "well, what do you DO with it?". Between moments like that and the fast food places having NO iced tea and English muffins on the breakfast menu instead of was rough year for me as far as comfort food went! :) I don't mean any disrespect to our northern brethen however. It's a gorgeous part of the country!

Natural Health Remedies said...

On my first trip to London many years ago, I bought some Marmite to bring home. It was great.

Coachie said...

Thanks for the recipe!

I am from London and a massive fan of Marmite!! I've only ever really had it on toast with butter but am exploring the use of it in recipes and yours sounds really good!

What motivated me to look for Marmite recipes was watching Nigella Lawson mix it with Spaghetti! I thought you might find her recipe interesting:

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