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Marmite on Toast

Marmite on toast with Avocado and Tomato - Bliss!

Marmite on toast with Avocado and Tomato - Bliss!

 

Marmite – it seems people either love it or hate it. Maybe it’s because I grew up a Kiwi kid (that’s “New Zealander” to the uninitiated), but I love it – especially on toast. I was raised on it, it was a staple food of my childhood, just like Weetbix and Golden Crumpets and (vegetarian) barbeques at Christmas.

I think I eat it more than I eat any other food. I’ll grab it for breakfast, maybe as a snack when I’m rushing out the door, or don’t have much time, or am just being lazy. It’s a comfort food. I’m cool with it plain, but when summer comes around I start loading it up with fresh avocado and tomato slices with black pepper and it becomes a gourmet meal. I’ll eat it for breakfast, then often lunch as well. It never gets old, or boring. I may stray to cereal for a day or two, but I always come back to it, glad to be home.

The reason for this nostalgic rambling about yeast spread is that I was pondering the other day what I would choose if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life. Nutritional problems like scurvy aside, I think it would have to be Marmite on toast.

Now, you may read this and go, “What?! Marmite?! But Vegemite is better!” If this is the case, it’s possible you’re Australian.
The Marmite/Vegemite debate has been going on since the beginning of time, as the dinosaurs fought over what to spread on their prey, the apes battled about the best one to dip their bananas in, and NZ and Australia now challenge each other on the rugby field year in year out with no hope of the conflict ever being resolved. It divides lovers, turns children against their parents, gives people something to talk about at lunch time with people they work with despite having nothing in common.

As a kid, I was a strong Marmite advocate. I wore it’s slightly darker, richer and more flavoursome colours like a banner around my mouth after breakfast. My Dad, however, is a Vegemite man. Debates ensued, my mother suggesting there really wasn’t much difference was shot down in flames, and so both jars took up residence side by side in the family cupboard and a shaky truce was established. Time, maturity and apathy steadied the shaky truce, and now I’ll happily eat Vegemite with my Dad when I visit home, though I still buy Marmite for myself. Of course I’m still aware they taste different, but I don’t have a problem with a change once in a while.

Reading the labels, both are meat free and suitable for vegetarians. Both boast an array of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B9), though Marmite ups the game and also has B12 and Iron in there. Both have a very low fat content, though Vegemite’s looks slightly lower.

In the end, really, I think it just comes down to a matter of taste. But whichever you prefer, if you’re in the southern hemisphere and coming into summer like me, celebrate! Eat your spread of choice with fresh tomato/avocado/whatever tastes great on toast. If you’re in the northern hemisphere you probably have no clue what I’m on about, and if you do you probably think I’m insane (I know it’s not a popular food choice outside of Australasia). But on the slight chance you’re on my wavelength , you can celebrate too! Marmite and Vegemite make a great stock substitute in gravies and stews, perfect for cold winter evenings.

Enjoy!

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Holiday Breakfasts

Breakfast is an important meal, as anyone who thinks they know lots will tell you. On holiday, though, breakfasts seem to get a little lost… you stay up half the night and sleep half the day, you arise like a zombie when the sun gets too bright to sleep through, and pretty soon you realise you are very hungry. So you toddle off to the kitchen for… breakfast? Lunch? Brunch? Something else entirely? Who knows. For me, the meal is a blend of all of those… it isn’t breakfast because it’s too late, it’s too early for lunch but whatever I eat will probably replace lunch because I’ll still be full well past lunch time, and who cares about dinner because it’s too far away to think about. But whatever the name, the “holiday breakfast” is a beautiful thing. You have plenty of time – no rushing off to school, work or university/college. You have the inclination – you’re not doing anything else all day! You usually have plenty of ingredients because you have all the time in the world to shop and want plenty of awesome foods on hand while you sit and be lazy. So with time, inclination and ingredients, the world is your (vegan) oyster.* Holiday breakfasts are awesome! Here are a couple I recently experimented with:

Tofu Scramble (Spinach, Avocado, Cheese)

Spinachy avocadoey tomatoey tofu goodness

Spinachy avocadoey tomatoey tofu goodness

Me being me, I made some changes to this recipe.
I added some tomato and garlic, replaced the soy cheese with wholegrain mustard, and sprinkled savoury yeast over the top.

Definitely the best tofu scramble I have made so far!


EEE-ZEE-CHEE-ZEE Grilled Cheeze

Healthier than your average grilled cheese sandwich...except for the frying bit

Healthier than your average grilled cheese sandwich...except for the frying bit

I used the recipe above for the cheezy sauce, but a plain grilled cheeze sandwich is so boring!
I added tomato, shallots, avocado and mustard – heavenly!

That’s it for pictures for now. As my holiday continues, prepare for more kitchen carnage and holiday breakfasts!

* I’m sure they exist somewhere. They have vegan everything else. Turkey, duck, bacon, etc… I never actually saw much point in fake meat. But then I never saw the point of meat full stop, so fake meat seems even odder. Except for vegetarian sausages. No offense to vegetarians and vegans who like fake meat a lot, that’s cool, I just think other stuff tastes better. But if I ever find a vegan oyster I will be sure to try it. Just so that I can say I did it 🙂

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Japanese Fresh Spring Salad

I invented this salad a few days ago, and I think I am addicted. Seriously. I adore the different shades of green and white, the unmistakably Japanese flavours combined with fresh spring vegetables, the way it’s cool and spicy all at the same time – it’s my new favourite lunchtime treat. So here I present: pictures for you food voyeurs and a recipe for those of you who like to look AND touch. And, of course, eat. Because it’s yum.

Japanese Fresh Spring Salad

Crunchy, cool, spicy and fresh - perfect!

Crunchy, cool, spicy and fresh - perfect!

Salad:
2 leaves crisp cos lettuce
1 sheet nori (the seaweed you use to wrap sushi)
A handful of diced cucumber
1/2 tomato, diced
2 small button mushrooms, diced
1/4 avocado, diced
1 new potato, cut into relatively small pieces
3 florets broccoli
3 spears asparagus

Dressing:
3 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil*
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon wasabi (to own taste)

Steam the potato until nearly cooked, then add the broccoli and asparagus and continue to steam until bright green and tender.

Rinse the nori in cold water to make it supple. Cut the lettuce and nori into strips roughly the same width and combine in a bowl or on a plate. Add the cucumber, tomato, avocado, and mushrooms and toss or arrange salad.

Cut the broccoli and asparagus into smaller pieces if desired, and add to the salad.

Mix all of the dressing ingredients together. Be careful with the wasabi – I like a lot, make sure you don’t add too much for your taste!

Serve the salad with the potatoes on the side and sprinkle the dressing over everything.

Enjoy!

*Can be left out for a lower fat version.

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