What does your Marmite Face look like?

There’s a piece on the UK’s Daily Mail website today about the faces Japanese people pull when they first taste Marmite….which reminded me of a post I did a while back, with exactly the same theme…. so I thought I’d just reblog it here for you. So, what does your Marmite face look like?

(from the archives)

What’s your discomfort food?

There’s a fantastic idea in this month’s US Health magazine – they suggest that to boost the variety in your diet you try a discomfort food every week. That means either tasting a food you’ve never had before, or re-trying a food you don’t think you like.

I decided to give it a go – first up was kale, I’d never tried it despite it coming out time and time again as THE most healthy vegetable you can eat. It’s lovely, particularly in Asian noodle dishes instead of bok choy. I also drank red grape juice (more on that in a day or two), and ate pumpkin falafels (yum) however, The Boyfriend, then pointed out that my ultimate discomfort food is Marmite.

I loathe it. I can’t tell you if I’ve ever eaten it as the smell alone makes me gag but, apparently, it’s good for you (B vitamins and all that) so I figured, okay we’ll see. After all, until a year ago I didn’t think I liked olives – then a 1hr wait for a table in a Madrid restaurant with a bowl of them in front of me disproved that belief. I eat at least five a day now, maybe I’m wrong about Marmite.

After all, if I could learn to like it, it would give a health boost. It’s packed with B vitamins including folic acid and it’s a great source of B12 for vegetarians. It’s low in calories, low in sugar, low in fat and low GI.

The Boyfriend offered to make it for me, giggling maniacally as he slapped it on a bit of toast. He even had the camera ready..

This is what happens when a hater eats Marmite

My first thought was it doesn’t smell on toast – result. I then took a bite. It didn’t taste too bad. Then I swallowed and the aftertaste hit. OMG, it really is the nastiest substance known to mankind. I had to drink half a pint of milk to get rid of it. Never ever again. So, what’s your discomfort food? And are you brave enough to try it?


  1. DrSarahBrewer

    Helen, What’s not to like? I love Marmite on toast with butter. My ultimate comfort food. Yum. Think there must be a genetic link as my hubby loathes it, as does my eldest son, but my twins both adore it. Weird.

    1. healthehelen

      It is the food of the devil.

  2. Jonelle Patrick

    Sending you huge props, because the day I reassess my hatred of the new it-food cauliflower is a day that pigs will fly while throwing snowballs in hell. (And don’t tell me I will like it better fried/with kale/roasted and topped with chocolate caramel praline marshmallows because I assure you I STILL WON’T :P)

    1. healthehelen

      Cauli-caramel pralines…..I’m seeing a new blog trend. If you need me I’ll be in the kitchen with a grater and determined expression.

  3. KDKH

    Coffee is my ultimate discomfort food (drink). It smells like a skunk, and the smell is so bad that I can’t make myself drink it.


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