Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tofu + Marmite = True Love

While in New Orleans last weekend, I stumbled onto this amazing tub of Cottage Tofu Salad at their gigantuan Whole Foods (theirs puts Memphis' Whole Foods to shame):

I always love, love, loved cottage cheese in my dairy-eatin' days, and I often try to recreate it with crumbled firm tofu, vegan mayo, and a pinch of sugar. But there was something really appealing about buying tofu cottage cheeze already prepared in a convenient little tub. I stashed a tub in our cooler and it made the 7-hour drive home to Memphis with me. Now, hold that thought.

When I arrived home and began unpacking, I opened my pantry door to see this adorable little guy waiting with open arms. Yep, my big ass jar of Champagne Marmite has a crush on me ... it's written all over his sophisticated European label. See ...

My buddy John P from Nashville (of The I-40 Kitchen blog fame) gifted me this huge jar of special edition champagne-flavored Marmite a few months ago. And what's my favorite thing to do with it? Spread it on whole wheat toast with faux cottage cheeze. Only this time, I didn't even have to make the cheeze myself:

Yep, this open-faced sandwich was pure bliss. I've been eating this meal everyday since I returned from my trip. But sadly, I finished that tub of cottage cheeze off at lunch. And our Memphis Whole Foods doesn't carry this stuff. Oh well ... guess I'm back to makin' it myself.

35 comments:

Megan said...

I'm scared of marmite. What does it taste like?

Meeps said...

omgoodness, champagne marmite?! I loooove marmite and i want to try this! :)

Jeni Treehugger said...

Limited edition Marmite!! Not seen that before! I love the label. I miss cottage cheese.

The Voracious Vegan said...

I love that marmite label! Put a huge smile on my face. I never ate cottage cheese in my pre vegan days, it actually grossed me out. But in tofu form I think I would love it.

CHocolate-covered Katie said...

Ahhh Marmite! When I lived in China, my many Australian and British friends tried to get me to eat the stuff (and Vegemite).

I know, I know, it's super-healthy for you... but I just can't seem to make myself like it :(

Knit-Picky Veganista said...

Last time I was at WFs-Memphis I asked about an item they don't have, and they said they'd do their best to get it! I loved cottage cheese, too, especially with corn and mashed potatoes. I'm gonna ask the dairy guy about it, I'd love to try it. Maybe they'll be able to add it to the cooler. Thanks for posting this, now at least I know vegan c-cheese exists!

Lindsay I-F said...

Cottage Tofu?????

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

I will make it my mission to find that tofu cottage cheese.

Sunil Gupta said...

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joshua said...

I wonder if I can find it at a Whole Foods around here

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

I wish I could find tofu cottage cheese at my Whole Foods! It was one of my favorite pre-vegan snacks. With marmite on toast it must be amazing. :)

Mary said...

Aren't grocery stores in other cities exciting?

Jenn said...
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Jenn said...

I just picked up some marmite from a British store (and some vegetarian Haggis that I have yet to try.)

Cottage tofu sounds so good!
Sadly it doesn't look like they sell cottage tofu in New York. http://www.whitemountainfoods.com/get_our_products.htm

Carbzilla said...

A meeeeeelion years ago when I was working for Diet Center, we sold a Cottage Tofu salad. It was sooooo good! I've never seen it since (but I'm not eating soy so I haven't looked very hard). I may break down and try just a little! Good find!

Wendy French Barrett said...

Hey Bianca,
I'm sure Whole Foods wouldn't mind ordering it for you. Most grocery stores will. Kroger has ordered specific products I'd found at other Krogers for me in the past. It's worth a shot!

Debra said...

yummy!
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Sheridanna said...

I've never tried marmite, but I would like to!

dreaminitvegan said...

I tried Marmite in Australia and I was not a fan. Maybe now, years later my tastebuds have changed and I'll give it a try again.

Courtney said...

Please tell me--HOW do you store your marmite?! I *just* got some recently for the first time ever for a recipe, used about a tsp, and now I have a whole jar and it doesn't say how to store it...in the fridge? In the cupboard? Where?!?

Thank you!
Courtney

Jen said...

tofu cottage cheese? where can i gimme some of dat?

Cyn said...

I've never had marmite - I totally need to acquire some.

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

mmm i love me some marmite. does the champagne one taste very different from the original?

JohnP said...

That cottage cheese looks great! Glad you like the marmite. It was from an amazing stash sent to me from Mat Winser of the PPK!

Jess of Veg Out! said...

I used to LOVELOVELOVE cottage cheese, too! I haven't tried making my own yet, but now I REALLY want this store-bought stuff. They don't sell it by me. :( It looks (and sounds) delicious!

I have never tried marmite. I'm a little nervous to buy a jar in case I don't like it.

Mihl said...

I just found some champagner truffle tartex pate and thought "wow". Now my thoughs are deep into "double wow".

If I would spread it on my bread with a thin layer of champagner marmite underneath I would probably feel like the Queen or something...awesome!

Sophia said...

I don't get your marmite love, I think it's some vile stuff! But it is a good source of B vitamins so power to you! lol.
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Niki said...

Oh how I love champagne marmite...
Wish I could get it here!

Laura said...

I LOVE MARMITE!!! champagne???? holy shiz i need that now!
ps i totes miss cottage cheese, too. need it.

jessy said...

i so super love that you puffy heart marmite too, Bianca! i love marmite, promite, & vegemite. mmmmmmmm! that jar = the best, and pre-made & super scrumdilliumptious vegan cottage cheeze = the yum! especially on toast. damn, that's such a tasty way to start the day. huzzah! :D

p.s. - i missed ya while you were gone, too! and i saw that you had more tester recipes up. superw00t!

Ilovefood said...

I've had excellent results when I request items through Whole Foods' website. I received an e-mail response in about an hour and they had it in stock by the end of the week!

greenbean said...

ask your WF to order it. they will likely be willing to carry it.

Devan Geselle. N said...

i LOVED cottage cheese too in my dairy-eaten days!! OOOHH how I wish I could get this stuff!

Erin said...

Oh man, I would love to find some prepared tofu cottage cheese! Not so sure about the marmite though...you can keep it :)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Cutest Marmite ever! I want that Cottage Tofu!!!