My friend M. found her perfect golden-hued dried maple leaf this morning.
She laid it on her desk and smiled with a glint in her eye.
Thereâ€™s just something splendid about lifeâ€™s little pleasures.
Sort of like the little glee in my heart when I found the new Marmite snacks.
Iâ€™ve told a Marmite story before, I havenâ€™t always liked Marmite â€“ it somewhat grew on me.
It was at the Clapham Junction Asda; whiling away time and waiting to go to dinner.
I saw a lady with a pack of rice cakes; the packaging was black with the visible yellow and red Marmite label.
I had a brief â€˜is thatâ€¦. ?â€™ moment.
Not sure where she got it from, I started following her.
I find that Iâ€™m braver when Iâ€™m alone, especially in a place where no one knows me.
I followed the lady for a few seconds, gave in and asked where she got them from.
She very excitedly tells me three aisles down, and asks if Iâ€™ve tried them.
I say no and that Iâ€™ve never seen them before.
Apparently itâ€™s new, they (Unilever) put out a variety of Marmite snacks, and the rice cakes are her favourite.
She asks me where Iâ€™m from; she says Iâ€™m lucky when I tell her.
She offers to walk me to where she got them, she may have taken the last one â€“ thereâ€™s none left when we get there.
We ask one of the store clerks, the kind man offers to check the back; Iâ€™m hopeful and excited again.
He has no luck, theyâ€™re sold out.
The lady offers to share hers, before I can protestâ€¦ she rips the package open and shoves it in my face.
â€˜Oh myâ€¦.what are people going to thinkâ€™ I look around thinking.
I slip one rice cake out of the package, inspect it for a minute and bite into it.
Oh noâ€¦ itâ€™s salty! I donâ€™t like it, but itâ€™ll be rude to spit it out, not to mention weâ€™re in the middle of a supermarket and Iâ€™m not even from this place.
I relax, chew and assess the flavoursâ€¦ itâ€™s not so bad.
After the saltiness, comes a unique savoury flavour â€“ â€˜thatâ€™s Umamiâ€™, I think.
The strong savoury flavour merges well with the blandness of the rice cake. Rice cakes arenâ€™t that exciting to begin with, but it works well with marmite.
Thereâ€™s that strange aftertaste of wanting more. I decide a like it! I thank the lady profusely for sharing her rice cakes and we part ways.
I hope she remembers of me fondly.
Later that night I make plans to bring several of these rice cakes back home with me and the next day I go out and get my own bag.
I brought three packs home with me; I liked them more and more each time.
Thereâ€™re serving suggestions on the back, you could eat them with cheese, tomato or ham on top.
I prefer them with no-salt peanut butter; itâ€™s so very delicious.
The savouriness of the marmite enhances the peanut butter taste.
Iâ€™m making marmite and peanut butter sandwiches with regular bread now.
The rice cakes are a nutritious snack.
Two cakes has close to 40% of my daily recommended dose of B12 vitamins.
Itâ€™s rich in other B Vitamins as well, as a vegetarian this is great for me.
I tried them with Nutella, itâ€™s ok but not sensational.
All too soon, Iâ€™m out of them.
I could try marmite on plain rice cakes but then I remembered that I donâ€™t really like rice cakes.
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I have been trying to buy my regular supply of Marmite rice cakes. I am a celiac and they are my substitute for bread so I eat a lot of them. They seem to have disappeared from the shelves, only the smaller crackers being available at Tescos, Morrisons, Sainsburys or Asda WHAT’S GOING ON14 August, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Oh no! that’s too bad – I hope it isn’t being discontinued. Have tried finding out on their website what the deal is?15 August, 2010 at 5:21 am