In my BBM box of goodies for Lis of La Mia Cucina I included that "world famous in New Zealand" food item - Marmite. It's one of those things that you usually either love or hate and are seldom ambivalent about. I have tried to foist it on various American friends and so far no-one has taken a liking to it. Guess it's one of those cultural things that you really have to grow up with to appreciate - just like I don't care for grits! Lis told me that she was a little scared about trying the marmite (and was going to make her hubbs try it first - how evil is that?) because it looks so nasty. I don't blame her. Marmite is a dark brown, almost black paste with a slightly salty, yeasty smell. No surprise about the yeasty smell because that's what it's made of.
Marmite and Chippie Sandwich - the great Kiwi afterschool snack
Very fresh, soft white bread. (I'm normally a whole wheat girl but for this sammie it must be white)
Plain, salted potato chips
Butter both pieces of bread - butter all the way to the edges so the chips will stick!!
THINLY schmear the marmite on one piece of bread
Top generously with potato chips
Smoosh together firmly
Hold on tight as you bite your sandwich or else all the chips will fall out
For Lis's benefit I demonstrate below the construction of the abovementioned sandwich. Note the deathgrip on the sandwich in the final photo.
Check out the Marmite website for all you'll ever need to know about this curious kiwi delicacy.