Saturday, December 3

Developmental milestones

(Andrew posting) There are a lot of firsts in a young girl's life, but I think anybody's list of the top five would include first steps, first words, and first bite of marmite. Gwendolyn completed her triple crown today, eating a tiny bite of Daddy's marmite sandwich and coming back several times for more.

(Donna posting) Many people are asking what the heck Marmite is so I’ll do my best to explain and hopefully not offend any of my in-laws in the process. Andrew was born in England and Marmite is a savory treat Brits are trained to enjoy by being forced to ingest it as small children. It’s a concentrated paste of yeast, carrot, salt and onion. It looks like tar and smells like bullion with a vitamin smashed into it. You’re supposed to spread it very thinly on toast or dissolve it in hot water and drink it. Personally, I think it’s pretty nasty. Andrew considers peanut butter to be the American equivalent of Marmite and won’t go near the stuff. Naturally, I wasted no time introducing Gwen to the many joys of a PB&J sandwich so he had to whip out the Marmite just to keep everything equal.

So far, she loves peanut butter AND she loves Marmite. The perfect blend of everyone’s culture! That’s our girl!


Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Ok, I gotta ask... what the heck is marmite? We've never even heard of it over here.

December 03, 2005 6:05 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Is he from Oz or spent some time down there?

December 03, 2005 8:31 PM  
Blogger Donna & Joe said...

Ok, I give up...what's Marmite? Judging by the looks of the jar, it doesn't look too appetizing. Kinda looks like medicine.

Donna :)

December 04, 2005 9:13 AM  
Blogger Sjoukje said...

Hi Donna,
Enjoyed your weblog (again). (Still haven't updated mine, how can you be so accurate all the time? ;-)
I have to react to that Marmite post. We're not England here, but my parents used to have it too. I hate it since the first time I smelled it and have never come over it. My younger sister though - who had her first baby 1 day after your wedding day - has been a marmite addict since three years old. But she drank vinnegar too, when she was 3 ;-)

December 04, 2005 1:43 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Not all Brits like Marmite. I smelled it once and couldn't bring myself to sample it. I had a friend who used to eat Marmite, jelly, cheese and cornflakes on a white bread sandwich! To this day, I have never tried it.

I did pick up a "nasty habit" ;-), while I was in the US, though! Yep, I had never had peanut butter before I went to the US. Apparently, my mum gave it to my older brother when he was little, and he spat it out, so she never tried it with me. Now I love the stuff so much that a jar has to be a VERY occasional treat, because I have a tendency to eat it out of the jar with a spoon. Not very good for the waistline!

December 04, 2005 2:42 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Ahh yes. I remember now. Marmite = Brits. Vegamite = Aussies.

December 04, 2005 6:54 PM  
Blogger Ed and Lisa said...

Oh too funny! LOL!! We have a similar battle in our home our "Marmite" is "Ketchup on eggs"... won the battle with our son.. he loves it... hubby loathes it! We'll see what Gracie thinks! ha!

December 06, 2005 3:22 PM  
Blogger Andrea and/or Jeff said...

Marmite, bleech! I do NOT like Brewer's yeast. Bella will NOT be getting this anytime soon, unless our friend Jade from the North of England sneaks her some.
The Germans have a better idea: they like to spread a thin layer of Nutella on their bread--Yum! Bella will not be getting that anytime soon either, though!

December 12, 2005 12:25 AM  

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