Marmite a piece of Kiwiana + Meal Plan {05.05.2013}

I am well and truly a New Zealand marmite kid 😉 and so now is my son. Marmite is a piece of Kiwiana, and I believe you really do have to grow up on it to appreciate it. It has been very difficult the last 12-18 months without marmite….it definitely was “Marmageddon“. Imagine, that you can no longer buy chocolate or coffee, it just disappeared from the shop and there is no replacement, what would you do??? Now you might understand 🙂


The shortage of marmite, was due to the series of earthquakes that struck Christchurch New Zealand in February 2011, that caused the factory to temporarily close due to damage. It was the only production factory of marmite.

Anyway, this week my Mum sent over our Marmite. We went straight out, bought fresh white bread from our local french bakery, added butter and marmite. It was delicious, scrumptious, wonderful…that salty taste – there is nothing else in the world like it 🙂


Here is the rest of our meal plan for the week:

Sunday Toast with Marmite Cuban beans and Rice 20 mins HIT
Monday Banana Loaf Casserole + Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Grill + Stuffed Mushrooms + Corn  Walk
Wednesday Berry + Banana  Smoothie Spaghetti + Asparagus + Mushrooms 20 mins. HIT
Thursday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Self-crusting potato quiche
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Spinach Lasagna 20 mins. HIT

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

  • Onions (TJ)
  • Strawberries (TJ)
  • Bell Peppers(TJ)
  • Potato (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Garlic (TJ)
  • Soy Yoghurt (WF)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Beef Stew Meat (BJ)
  • Black Beans (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Vegetable Stock (TT)
  • Corn tortilla (TT)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Flour/ WW and GF (TT)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Granola (TT or BJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Frozen Peas + Corn (TJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Stir Fry Sauce (TT)
  • Pasta sauce (TT)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

9 thoughts on “Marmite a piece of Kiwiana + Meal Plan {05.05.2013}

  1. susan owenby

    You’re not kidding about the acquired taste!! I received a local gift box from a kiwi a few years ago and he included marmite. I tried to be open minded and followed the toasting and buttering instructions… Made it through one bite and ran away screaming! So glad you have some now, nothing like hitting one of those cravings. 🙂

  2. theoriginalthread

    Ha, I agree it is an acquired taste, I love marmite and also miss it but I had stocked up so actually had more marmite than my NZ friends because of the shortage. My folks arrive from NZ on Saturday and I hope they bring the requested marmite and pineapple lumps!! Enjoy your marmite 🙂

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      oooh pineapple lumps :-). Now for sweets I have a list. Snifters, Licorice allsorts, MacIntoshes, Minties, chocolate fish and for cookies/buscuits…Ginger nuts, Macroons, Toffee pops are my fav’s. I can find the NZ Licorice all sorts in the US but that is about it.

      1. theoriginalthread

        yummy, now I wish I had requested more 🙂 I am fortunate that there is a sweet shop about 6 miles away that does have a few NZ sweets but not my favourite pineapple lumps!! MacIntoshes always remind me of lollie scrambles! 🙂

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