Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The Marmite Pasty- ugh!

A baker in Cornwall has come up with the idea of a Marmite Pasty. Surely a step too far.

Warren's Bakery, based in West Cornwall, has branches across the South West. They are producing a steak and marmite version as well as a cheese and marmite.

I have to admit, I am no purist when it comes to pasty flavourings. I know that there are many who believe that the only ingredients in a pasty filling should be skirt beef, potatoes, onion, swede, salt and pepper. There are also those who say that no pasty is worth anything if it is not homemade. Being a non meat eater I don't do the regular sort. But I do stick to the fairly basic cheese, potato and onion.

Of course, back in the mists of time when pasties were still dropped down tin mines (note for purists - this probably never happened), the fillings were whatever the household had to hand on the day. But today the pasty fraternity seems to have agreed on the core ingredients - but you can add bits and pieces to taste. Just remember that peas are an anathema to the true pasty.

But many bakers take things too far. Fish pasties just seem wrong. Ditto chicken tikka.

And now the marmite pasty.

I have to say that I think these will be very popular for a couple of weeks as people try them out. But whilst I admire Warrens for getting lots of coverage for this launch, I'm not too sure that the flavour will be around for very long. I love marmite. I just wouldn't want it in my pasty.


Hywel said...

[FX: Dons the usual protective gear needed before discussing pasties with a Cornishman :-)]

"Fish pasties just seem wrong."

Rick Stein has a superb recipe for smoked haddock pasties. Traditional? Probably no. But definately delicious :-)

Alix said...

I read this in the LDV blogfeed as "The Marmite Party" and thought, gosh, someone's done something frightfully clever here, characterising the Lib Dems with reference to a popular foodstuff rich in cultural associations as a "love or hate" party, i.e. one that's ubiquitous and polarises opinion, both fans and haterz being equally evangelical. Maybe, I thought, they're going to do something even more clever like suggest that the best way to communicate ourselves is copy Marmite's advertising tactics and play on that love/hate crossover and thus strengthen our brand by absorbing common criticisms into it.

And no.

But thanks for the thought. It's almost as if you did write that post anyway.

Alex said...

Oh great... praise for a post I didn't even write ;-)