Love it or hate it???


I'm talking about Marmite. Have you noticed how many Marmite flavoured things you can now buy?? I am a big fan of Marmite and use it in soups and stuff for a bit of extra flavour, so I was delighted when my local supermarket started stocking Marmite flavoured cashew nuts. I like cashew nuts anyway, but Marmite flavoured ones are delicious and very moreish! They haven't had them for a couple of months so I'm wondering if it was just a special line for Christmas.
Then a few weeks ago I was at QVC and was a bit peckish when Debs Flint offered me a Marmite flavoured rice cake – also very tasty, probably even nicer with a bit of cottage or cream cheese on the top! I know rice cakes are not everyone's cup of tea as they can be a bit bland but these were good, as are the rice cakes with dark chocolate on the top. I feel much less guilty having those rather than choccie biscuits.

My latest Marmite discovery is cereal bars. I was looking for the Dorset Cereals chocolate and macadamia nut cereal bars (yummy) when I noticed them on the shelf, and being a 'lover' had to try them. Again very tasty for a savoury snack and I would imagine a bit less fatty than a bag of crisps.

The one Marmite 'treat' I am undecided on is Marmite chocolate. When Chris brought a couple of bars home, as a joke as much as anything, I didn't even try it initially as I couldn't imagine what it would taste like. Well actually it's not bad, but I certainly wouldn't take it to a desert (or should that be dessert) island with me! I wonder if any of you have tried it and whether they will be making Easter Eggs with it this year??

If you know of any other Marmite flavoured goodies to tempt my tastebuds, let me know as I'm definitely a Marmite lover.

Speak soon,
Julia x


  1. SYLVIA March 22, 2011 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I will be 50 in may and believe it or not I have never tried Marmite! I think I must buy some and try it.I have a passion for Mrs Tillys tablet.I dont know if it is just sold in Scotland but it is amazing!!!!I can feel the pounds going on me just looking at it, but I just can’t resist it.Anyway I don’t smoke and only drink if I am ever on a night out so I think we all need something just a little special every now and then.I wonder what all the other bloggers favourites are?
    Take Care Julia x

  2. Una March 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Hmmmmmm, Marmite. Do you know something, Ive never tried it, because I THINK I wont like it, but then I thought that about Chilli chocolate and putting chocolate in my Chilli con carne, and I LOVE that. maybe that should be my “thing” to try this month!! Will let you know Julia LOL!
    If I do see any Marmite products i will send you some.
    Love Una x

  3. Annette Roberts March 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Have you tried the little packets of Marmite sticks, like little bread sticks?
    Chris hates Marmite, but I love it too, especially on toast which was one of the three things I ate after leaving hospital… rice crispies, toast with Marmite or toast with cheese and ham spread. I then went on to boiled potatoes and carrots with a knob of butter on top and loads of pepper…I’m back to normal eating now though!
    They have changed it slightly, I think, because it used to be really dark and very thick to spread and had a much stronger taste…a bit more bite to it, which I really liked. Now it’s a lot thinner in texture and easier to spread, shame because I quite liked the challenge of trying to spread it on my toast without the toast breaking up!
    Happy munching!
    Annette x

  4. yvonne gillman March 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, marmite on toast with scrambled eggs on top is a favourite of mine, but not very slimming though!! Years ago my neighbours two year old daughter LOVED marmite with a passion.One day they couldnt find her and searched everywhere,they finally found her in the larder with her tiny face in a large pot of marmite,yes she was eating it straight from the pot!!!!She must be in her fifties now I wonder if she still loves it??!!!YUK best wishes yviexx

  5. Steven March 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Personally Julia I hate Marmite. Think you either love it or hate it. I noticed something in the shops called Marmite XO. I think it’s Marmite but with a little bit of ‘kick’ to it. Whatever that means!
    Chocolate Marmite sounds simply awful to me too!
    As you can tell I’m no Marmite lover!
    Take care xx

  6. Lindsey Vandenbergh March 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I just love marmite
    Have you tried Marmite and egg mayo sandwiches yummy !!
    Also crackers/toast/fresh bread with Philedelphia and marmite also very yummy
    By the way Julia you look absolutely fab !!!!! x

  7. caroline hopley-froud March 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Hope your well. I met you at the beauty bash. We had a nice chat – my love and best wishes to Sophie I hope she is feeling the benefits of spring!!!
    A lover of marmite – on toast, in soups and stews and am told delicious apparently on bananas on the barbeque?!!! Do not eat bananas so cannot test.
    Be bad, take care, keep well.
    Caroline x

  8. Cheryl March 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just reading your blog has made me peckish! I love both Marmite and Vegimite especially with cheese on toast. Last year whilst out in Australia we had Cheesybites which was a combination of cheese spread and Vegimite rolled into one —- delicious. Wish it would come to the UK
    Love Cheryl in Manchester x

  9. Babs March 23, 2011 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie I LOVE Marmite. It is’nt what it used to be years ago,it used to have beef extract in it but now it has veg extract (with other things). If i’m wrong please correct me but i’m sure they changed the ingredients, something to do with mad cows decease. There was also Bovril (don’t know if it can still be bought)which i love. Love Babs xxxx

  10. Jess March 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    I’m with you on Marmite Steven, it’s revolting stuff!
    Slightly off topic Julia, have I heard you mention you have a steam mop? Which one do you have and is it worth buying? There are mixed reviews about them so thought I would ask your opinion on them!

  11. Jacqueline March 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I adore Marmite. Have you tried marmite cheese? You can either buy little individual ones in a net bag or my local sainsburys has it on the deli counter. It’s heaven and I can’t get enough of it!
    I have to add that my husband hates marmite and one day we were both in the kitchen and i was making some marmite on toast, and as usual he was saying some very derogatory comments about it so i managed to wipe some onto his face. Of course he pretended that it was burning his skin (don’t worry it wasn’t) and so he put a plaster over the area as a joke. Anyway a couple of hours later he came into the room covered in little round plasters. Why? Because he said it was spreading! I know it was a terrible joke but at the time it was hysterical. Also does anyone remember the marmite adverts. My favourite was the dating couple who shared a kiss after the woman had had a bite of marmite on toast. The poor man was retching. So funny.

  12. Kathryn sheehan March 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, yes i do like marmite and use it in soups etc, but i prefer vegimite on my toast.I also love plain cashew nuts am eating some as i write this and i do eat the marmite rice cakes a nice bite size snack and low fat, as ive gained a few pounds over the last month for some reason.My partner (now my fiance)is a chef and always cooking lovely things for me and now the pounds have gone on. (My jeans are so tight.) Got to look good good for my wedding, only 18ths away. 22nd Sept 2012. lol. We have decided not to buy in spain now, but will visit in may for a week or so. Money needed for wedding, things have changed so much and the cost since first time round in 1975.Had to book church well in advance and reception venue, But it will be a good wedding, have started guest list already over 150 so far and still adding, yikes. Coffee time time now.
    All the best.
    Kathy x

  13. Louise March 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I am vegetarian and I love marmite; spreads suitable for vegetarians are quite thin on the ground and marmite is, in my opinion, extremely tasty. I find that spreading a little marmite on my lettuce adds a bit of flavour to what can be quite bland. The marmite health bars are another story, however. Because of my fondness for marmite, I thought I had to try them. I couldn’t even finish it; it was horrible and didn’t seem to work as a marmite flavoured bar.
    Have you tried the marmite crisps or the breadsticks? I haven’t, but then I don’t eat crisps.
    Can you really buy marmite chocolate? One of the reasons I like marmite is that I prefer savoury foods to sweet stuff, but if I ate chocolate, I’d certainly give it a go!

  14. Martin forbes March 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    julia th enew presnter michel murphy is he full time presenter on qvc who ha sleft is he alison keenan’s replacement until she comes back.
    Hope you are well.

  15. Marg March 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I dont know if it was just a scottish thing but I remember as a five year old being given mugs of Bovril and Oxo hot and warming during the winter when we came in from school. That tended to lead me to Marmite and I use it in my cooking to give depth and richness to meat dishes. My brothers used to make a bit of money from my unusual tastes,one would bring a few friends to the back of the house while the other went into the kitchen for the cod liver oil,which we got with malt twice a week, and John would give me the bottle and say’ take a wee drink,its your favourite’,then I would gulp the oil down and have a giggle,I was pre- school age and was a bonnie little thing with rosey cheeks and blond curly hair,it had no effect on the mature woman, I depend on my good friend Bobbi for my rosey cheeks these days, so I certainly didnt give it to my boys, but my brothers friends had to fork out their pennies because I won the bet for them. I also do Una’s type spicy dark choc chicken,its a current fav. Do you still get Twiglets?
    Gosh how the mind meanders after a certain age,
    Keep well Julia,

  16. steve March 25, 2011 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    Well not sure i can add anything to the marmite discussion! but we have not spoke for a while! Hope you had a great time state side, and I thought you looked completely stunning on the red carpet! amazing! proof its self as you get older you can get even better!!
    A great attitude towards life and excersise and diet really shows through, just been reading one of your replys Julia, you could be about to hang up you qvc shoes!!!
    Training is going well! I have my comp dates now, end of july! will try and update with you some recent pics, caught the end of one of your fitness shows tonight “walk at home system”, not enough if said about the benifits of low intensity cardio, walking is great and gentle on the body!
    I think i like marmite….. lol, have a great weekend steve x

  17. Sue March 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Received May edition of “Good Housekeeping” yesterday and there is a recipe in there for Marmite cashew nuts – read it just after I’d read your blog- thought you might be interested
    Love Sue x

  18. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hello Sylvia
    I can’t believe you’ve never tried marmite!!!! Mind you if you like tablet I’m not sure you will like marmite, direct opposites I would say!! My sister makes tablet, in fact she made some for table fancies for my nieces wedding. How would you describe it to non Scottish readers?? Sort of very sweet fudge but a bit crumbly ….. would you say that’s fare??
    Hope you enjoy marmite if you try it, and Happy 50th when it comes around
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Una
    I can’t believe it, another one that hasn’t tried Marmite! I think chilli chocolate is nicer than Marmite chocolate and I have tried both. Let me know what you think if you give it a go
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Oh yes, I had completely forgotten about the mini breadsticks. I quite like them but they are a bit hard on my teeth!!!! I LOVE Marmite on toast yum yum!!!!
    I think they have started doing an extra strong Marmite haven’t they? That would be right up your street!
    Shame your Chris doesn’t like it – does he keep you at arms length when you’ve been indulging? LOL
    How’s the Pilates going?
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Hello Yvie
    I haven’t tried it with scrambled egg on top, but I wouldn’t say it’s that fattening. Have you tried a ryvita with Marmite and topped with plain cottage cheese – that’s good too!
    Much as I love it, I could never eat it straight from the pot!
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Hello Steven
    Yes that’s the stuff I was just mentioning to Annette, Marmite XO – might be a bit too much for me I think.
    I took some Marmite chocolate into our internet department at QVC for the guys and gals to try and most of them thought it was disgusting BUT is it just because they knew what it was??
    speak soon
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Lindsey
    Thanks for the lovely compliment!
    I like the sound of Marmite with egg mayo in a sandwich. The Philadelphia cheese idea is similar to my cottage cheese one – really tasty!
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Caroline
    How are you? Sophie is good thanks. I can’t believe the Beauty Bash was only 2 months ago – seems like a lifetime!
    Soups, stews, toast yes but on bananas …… really??? I love bananas, just ate one in fact whilst I’m writing to you guys, but with Marmite?
    Not sure you should encourage me to be bad!!!!!!
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Cheryl
    That sounds good, do you spread the bread first and then add the cheese??
    I’ve never been to Australia ( it’s on my ‘to do’ list ) but I have tried Vegemite and don’t like it as much as Marmite. Like the sound of the Cheesybites though.
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Babs
    I’m not sure whether Marmite ever had beef extract in it? I thought it was always the veggie option to Bovril. We always had Bovril when I was a little girl ( before I turned veggie ) – I can remember it was really nice as a hot drink, in fact I think they still do it in vending machines?
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Jess
    Revolting stuff!!! – that’s a bit strong, and I don’t mean the Marmite! LOL
    I have 2 steam mops – both are H20, but one is the white original one and the other is the red one that breaks down into a handheld as well. I like them both but slightly prefer the white one – MUCH better than mopping in the traditional way!
    go one, treat yourself
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Jacqueline
    I love your hubbie’s sense of humour!!! Why have I not seen Marmite cheese?? I don’t think they have it at Waitrose, so I will to travel a bit further afield and go to my nearest Sainsburys – I have to give that a try.
    I remember that whole love it hate it campaign – very brave advertising!
    Julia x

  29. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    How nice to have someone to cook delicious meals for you. Chris has a few dishes that he is good at, and he is the king of the omelettes in our house but I do most of the cooking if I’m home.
    Is this the first time you’ve mentioned the wedding?? Congratulations – you’ll easily get the pounds off, you did it before!
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Louise
    Marmite on lettuce – hmmm not sure I’ll be trying that. I have seen the crisps but haven’t tried them cos like you I don’t really eat crisps, and yes I have tried the breadsticks. None of you guys seem to have tried the Marmite cashews …. you don’t know what you’re missing!
    Do you not eat chocolate at all?? I don’t have a lot but I love the taste, particularly dark chocolate – Marmite chocolate is not really worth the waste of calories!
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts March 26, 2011 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    Hello Martin
    Micael has come in to replace Anthony Heyward who left in January for a life on the ocean wave!
    I’m very well thanks and hope you are too
    Julia x

  32. Lynn March 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    How are you? I love to read your blog and when I saw you were looking for Marmite Cashews, I remembered that I had seen a recipe in a magazine on how to make them, so here goes…..
    In a large frying pan, mix together 200g unsalted cashew nuts, 1tsp Marmite, 1 tsp water and some seasoning. Heat gently, stirring constantly, until nuts are all coated. Empty on to a large baking tray and roast in a preheated oven, 200 degrees celcius, 180 degree celcius Fan or gas mark 6, for 10 – 12 minutes until golden. Cool before serving and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
    I hope that helps you.
    Best Wishes
    Lynn xx

  33. Joy March 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    When I was little I used to put Marmite (with a little butter)on a Petit Buerre biscuit. Must be the combination of sweet & savoury. Also used to do the same on a Weetabix but marmalade instead of marmite. What strange fancies we have!
    Personally I love Marmite and twiglets too. I seem to remember one Valentines day they did a special one with champagne but alas it had sold out when I decided to buy one.
    Not sure about the choccy tho a bit Heston for me!
    Joy x

  34. Una March 29, 2011 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I know, Im a disgrace to womankind!! Imagine never having tasted Marmite at my age!!! I will though, just not sure if Im ready for it yet!!
    OOOOOOOHHHH, tablet, I LOVE it. I always make it at xmas, and serve it after dinner with our coffee instead of mints. Other times i just make it because its so gorgeous!!
    Hope your Mum and Sophie are well.
    Love Una x

  35. Sharon Gasparutti March 29, 2011 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    The marmite question is a strsange tthing to as for as long as I have lived on this mortal earth have it, until one day just after or before I was looking after my dear mum I was feeling rather low whether it was the age or something else lerking I was in the local supermarket looking toward the jams and spreads for sandwiches that the little brown jar was looking at me. Now I do not know why but I picked it up and put it the basket and I am know kinda hooked! Now after having a snack of marmite sandwich on a rather depressing day as I seem to get quite a few of those, does seem to aleviate the problem. I’m not sure how or why but but I think it is due to the Vitamin B that in the marmite…Well I think so!

  36. Annette Roberts March 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Will have to give the strong marmite a go, after I’ve finished this jar of course. Chris, just pulls the odd funny face when I’m eating it, although I dread to think what he was like when he was making it for me whilst I was in plaster!
    I noticed Bovril was mentioned, I used to have a mug of Bovril with pepper in and last week didn’t know what I fancied so put a Bovril cube in a mug, really looking forward to it only to find that they’ve even tinkered with the taste of that…it went straight down the plughole!!
    Pilates has been going well, but the outside ankle bone is playing up at the moment…quite painful, especially when going upstairs, will have to see how it goes in the next couple of days, otherwise it may be a trip to the hospital before my appointment on 6 April!
    Saw the physio last week, just to get her to assess things, because the last visit was 2 February! I told her about the Aero Pilates and took the chart in with me to show what exercises I had been doing, which she thought was really good and was very interested in the machine and asked where I got it from, so I told her QVC and have since printed off the details for her.
    I’m really hoping the ankle will settle down in the next few days, it was back to one step at a time upstairs tonight! I know I haven’t been pushing it hard, just the regular routine, but the swelling has gone down a bit more, so maybe something to do with that.
    Annette x

  37. Louise March 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    I love marmite and one of my favourite things is nigellas marmite pasta yummy

  38. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Marg
    No it wasn’t just a Scottish thing, I used to have Bovril to drink as a child before I became a veggie. I have tried Marmite as a drink but to be honest I’m not keen!
    I also remember the malt stuff that you had by the spoonful – wasn’t it called Iradex or something??
    Yes you can still get Twiglets – my partner Chris loves them BUT they are a bit noisy to eat LOL
    Julia x

  39. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    Good to hear from you it’s been a while but you’re obviously busy with your training! Thanks for the ‘Red Carpet’ compliment – gosh, that seems a hundred years ago.
    I agree with you about walking, fantastic exercise, particularly if like me you can’t run. So nice to get out and about and exercise in the fresh air now that the weather is nicer!
    I wonder if you really like Marmite or if you are just saying it?? If you haven’t tried it lately give it a go.
    Good luck with your training
    Julia x

  40. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Sue
    How spooky is that??? And even more spooky they just reappeared on the shelves of my local Waitrose …… I bought 2 bags! I’ll have to buy Good Housekeeping and give them a go!
    Julia x

  41. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Lynn
    Thanks for posting the recipe for Marmite cashews. I’ve been madly busy this week but will definitely give them a go when I have a moment!
    Glad you enjoy the blog
    Julia x

  42. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    Marmite with champagne, that sounds a bit weird? As does marmalade on weetabix, although I think I could go for the Marmite on a petit beurre biscuit!
    I wonder if Heston did come up with the idea of Marmite chocolate?
    Julia x

  43. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Go on Una, you can do it it’s only Marmite after all! Tablet is way too sweet for me, and I always thought I had a bit of a sweet tooth!
    Both my Mum and Sophie are well thanks
    Julia x

  44. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    I take Vitamin B as a supplement but only twice a week – isn’t it supposed to be quite good for your skin?? I didn’t even know Marmite had Vit B in it – I should read labels I guess!
    Julia x

  45. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 1:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    You and I should be on commission for the Aero Pilates machine!!
    Sophie has really got into it BIG time. When she is doing shifts she doesn’t have a lot of time for a full hour workout so bouncing on that for 20 minutes is perfect for her. She is very slim anyway, but she reckoned she had a bit of a tum – totally flat now and that’s just since February!! Her friends Mum has just bought one too.
    I’m sorry your ankle has not been so good and hope it settles down – just when you were making such good progress too.
    I wonder if you have ever tried Miso Soup if you like savoury drinks? You can buy it in sachets and just add boiling water. Not sure if your Chris would like that either though.
    Take it steady
    Julia x

  46. julia roberts April 1, 2011 at 1:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Louise
    Nigellas marmite pasta – do share
    Julia x

  47. Susan April 1, 2011 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just out of interest I wonder why you take B vits – but only twice a week? You’re bound to have a good diet anyway…but just wondering why you chose just twice a week??! Just saw you said it to Sharon on your reply.
    Take care,

  48. Adrienne Llewellyn April 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Hey Marmite and cucumber and cheese sammy’s are WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!!!
    Have marmite toast most mornings.. only problem have to share it with the dogs!! they love it as well… all my children love it.. we are a happy family…oh well all except my husband))))) he Hates it… LOLROF..
    Adrienne x

  49. Diane H Smith April 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia hope you are well, Still trying to get used to my Aero Pilates, been full of cold, and can,t get rid of it, but not to worry reading your blog bout marmite, love it but hav,nt come across cashews sounds nice.Received my browtech really pleased with it, just want to get eyeshadows that won,t crease as my eyes are crepe,y Have you got a favorite? Its funny how your confidence takes a dive as you get older, can,t beleive I am 61 in a couple of weeks hav,nt got over being 60 yet!!. Love Di x

  50. anner cummings April 3, 2011 at 2:20 am -  Reply

    julia where are yu yu have not been n screen all week as schedualed really missing yur presenting VERY W0RRIED AB0UT YU LOVE ANNER sorry about print w0rds my c0mputer is packing up

  51. Martin forbes April 3, 2011 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    julia happy mothers day to you are you well ia am not bad.
    howa alison keenan getting on please givr her my regards and hopefully back on screen.

  52. anner cummings April 4, 2011 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    HIjulia yes marmite rice cakes ovely and the small breadsticks yu are an inspiratin t0 me i have kept t0 my diet and ezcercise fr 3 months now , thanks to you and how fantastic you look .marmite is an added treat ,missing missing yu on set this week regards anner. ps keep up the wnderful work

  53. Una April 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you are keeping well.
    Oh my, I tried it, i really tried, but Marmite is NOT for me.
    Im taking the sweet option, tablet it is!!
    My love to you and the family. Hope your Mum is well, and recovered from her bout of shingles.
    Love Una xx

  54. Susan April 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just read your response to Annette re Pilates. You mentioned Sophie thought she had a tummy?? I do hope she is not one of these ones obsessed with food and exercise?! Not good, so let’s hope she can just be happy as she is. Good to be happy and healthy but not overstep the mark I think. Hope you’re enjoying your big break.
    Susan x

  55. steve April 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Ok i was just saying it lol… i have invested into buying a couple of jars of marmite!!! And it tastes really good! Plus it’s very low in sugar, low in calories, contains no saturated fat and is completely vegetarian, which is great for you Julia!
    Also i noticed it contains brewer’s yeast! which is a good source of B complex vitamins, selenium and chromium; it also contains pantothenic acid, folic acid (B9) and biotin (B7). These vitamins have a number of health benefits, including helping to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to provide your body with energy. They also help to maintain a healthy nervous system, support your digestive muscles and keep your eyes, hair skin, mouth and liver in good health.
    You have now converted me Julia! Speak soon, Steve x

  56. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I take quite a cocktail of vitamins – a kind of insurance policy really. I won’t go too deeply into why I only take them twice a week BUT if you eat asparagus it has a similar effect!!!!!
    Julia x

  57. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Adrienne
    Good to hear you’re a Marmite family ( well except your hubbie! ). I will try your suggestion for marmite, cucumber and cheese sandwiches – I bet the cucumber slightly dilutes the marmitey taste doesn’t it??
    Julia x

  58. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Di
    Sorry to hear you haven’t been too well – quite a few people at QVC have had colds recently ….. I’ve managed to avoid it so far! It’s best to leave doing exercise until you are feeling better – your body needs the energy to cope with your ailment.
    I’m glad you like the Browtech – I think it’s brilliant! With regard to eyeshadow – have you tried the Mally one that was in the recent TSV?? It’s in a stick, they go on really easily and stay put so no creasing. It is waterproof though so you will need something like Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to get it off with ( don’t rub your eyes or you’ll have Ali Young after you!)
    Happy 61st when it comes around and get well soon
    Julia x

  59. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anner
    Don’t worry about me I’m fine. I am away with my son at the moment. Hope your computer doesn’t pack up completely. We have an old laptop of Sophie’s that won’t let you type the number 1 at all – very frustrating!!
    Julia x

  60. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hello Martin
    Thanks for the Mothers Day wishes – I had a lovely time with my son – we are away together at the moment!
    Ali texted me yesterday – she’s not having the greatest week but is keeping positive – I will pass on your good wishes, it means a lot to her to know people care!
    Julia x

  61. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Obviously I’m disappointed you didn’t like Marmite but very impressed you gave it a go rather than just assuming you wouldn’t like it! Daniel and I had an Indian takeaway this evening and the Aloo Sag we ordered didn’t look very appetizing – very spinachy!!! We tried it and it was DELICIOUS!!
    Although I was away for Mothers Day I did speak to my Mum and she is good but still not quite over her shingles poor thing – it’s been going on for nine months now!
    Do you make your own tablet??
    Julia x

  62. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello Susan
    No need to worry about Sophie, she has a very healthy relationship with food. She just knows the simple equation, if you eat more than you burn you will gain weight. The exercise she is doing is to firm and tone, and by strengthening her core on the Aero Pilates she is also supporting her back which she has had problems with in the past.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  63. julia roberts April 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    I knew I liked it, now I know why!!!!! I thought B vits were good for the skin so after my issues of last year I restarted taking them ( but just twice a week – reason as previously mentioned to Susan! ) – but now I know they are good for so many other things I’ll keep it up!
    So glad you like the taste of Marmite – I know the cashews might be a bit calorific but you should give them a go cos they’re lovely!
    Julia x

  64. Annette Roberts April 7, 2011 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Nice to see you’ve got another convert in Sophie, sounds like she’s done really well and it will keep her toned. I agree about the commission lol! All we have to do now is to get both Chris’ to have a go!
    The ankle settled down again after a couple of days and I went to see the Consultant yesterday. He said the steelwork isn’t causing the problem with movement and he doesn’t like to take it out because that could cause more problems. I’ve had a very nasty break and it’s going to take time and to carry on stretching it and I will see him again in 3 months and in the meantime, keep up with the pilates.
    Will have to give the miso soup a try and let you know, it sounds right up my street!
    Annette x

  65. Una April 7, 2011 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Yep, i was having a wander in the supermarket, and spotted a little jar, and it jumped into my trolley! My husband wasnt even going to try it, but later in the day, i found him in the kitchen, pondering! he tried it, and actually really likes it. 50% success rates not too bad is it, LOL.!!?!!
    I do make my own tablet, I recently found a the recipe my gran used, and its better than my other one, so Im going to stick with that one in future. Im not exactly a domestic goddess, but funnily enough, I always manage to rustle up a batch of tablet!!
    So sorry to hear your mum is still suffering. Shingles is just horrible.
    Glad you had a nice mothers day with Daniel.
    Love to you and the family Julia.
    Una xx
    P.s If you speak to Ali, would you please send her my love.x

  66. Susan April 7, 2011 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Are you away in Spain with Daniel? I bet it’s lovely there at the minute? Nice Spring sunshine?? We haven’t done badly I have to say here – compared to the usual lol! I am glad Sophie isn’t obsessive. I hear and see a lot of that as I work in nutrition myself. Very sad. It’s such a fine line! I was curious about your B vit reason – still don’t quite understand why the twice a week though lol – I must be slow on the uptake from your message! Enjoy your remainder of your holiday.
    Susan x

  67. julia roberts April 12, 2011 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I’m glad your consultant approves of the Pilates you’ve been doing. I think with the severity of the break you are just going to have to be patient – not necessarily a virtue of mine, but sometimes we have to be to get the best result!
    Funny you should mention Chris. Like Sophie, Chris has issues with his back and I have been trying to persuade him to use Pilates to help with his core strength. Until now he has resisted, but just this morning he has said he is going to try a few exercises ……. a real breakthrough!!
    Let me know what you think of the Miso
    Julia x

  68. julia roberts April 12, 2011 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Hello Una
    I would say a 50% success rate is brilliant – marmite really is a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ isn’t it?
    When I spoke to Mum on Sunday she was quite upbeat, but other days she gets really low with the shingles – it’s now 9 months since it started. I hear Keeley’s little boy Kaya has the chicken pox at the moment – same herpes virus – I suggested calamine and calpol, that’s what I gave mine.
    Spoke to Ali briefly last night ( she was in the middle of dinner ) but will call today for a longer chat and will pass on your love
    Julia x

  69. julia roberts April 12, 2011 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Spain was suprisingly hot – I’ve been in April before and had to wear woollies and boots but it was definitely bikini weather last week – to go in an unheated pool in April is usually a ‘no no’ but we managed a couple of really good swims – helps keep my arms toned!
    Don’t want to go into too much detail about my B vit regime – lets just say asparagus can have quite an unpleasant effect on ‘passing water’ and I find B vits can be similar if I have them every day!!!! – subject closed?? LOL
    Julia x

  70. Susan April 12, 2011 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Oh I understand what you mean now! Yes B vits have a ‘colouring’ effect on ‘water’! Nothing to worry about though. I wonder whether they would have any effect of just taking them twice a week though as you say you take twice a week only? Interested to know just!

  71. julia roberts April 14, 2011 at 9:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I’m not a doctor so I can’t give you a definitive on whether or not any vitamin supplements actually have a beneficial effect. I only know personally that I feel much better for taking my little cocktail of supplements – maybe it’s a placebo effect??
    Julia x

  72. Annette Roberts April 14, 2011 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well impressed that your Chris has given the AeroPilates a go, no such luck with my Chris yet…maybe when he’s off in a couple of weeks time!
    Patience isn’t my virtue either…I was watching Julia Bradbury’s Railway walks the other night and got quite upset, because I love walking…there’s nothing better than getting your old walking boots on, especially when we’ve got such lovely countryside around us. I sobbed and Chris said “what’s up?”, I said “the one thing that I love doing the most, has been taken away from me…I’ll never be able to walk like that again!”. Bless him, he said he’d find some nice easy walks for me when the times right and take one day at a time, not look too far ahead…of course you are both right, it was a severe injury and will take time. It doesn’t help though, when people expect you to be running and jumping around now the plaster is off and when you say you can’t they look at you in disbelief…I’m afraid I got the hump with the postie the other week and actually showed him my scars, because of his comments at me still using a crutch (not all the time, only when its hurting) and thought…take that! Probably not the right thing to do, but I felt better afterwards.
    Just ordered some miso soup with the weekly shop…not able to drive, so think I’m doing my bit for the environment by having it delivered, because the vans already on the road and you’d probably spend more in petrol yourself anyway. Will let you know how I get on.
    Annette x

  73. julia roberts April 15, 2011 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    When I said Chris was ‘going’ to try a few exercises I should point out that he hasn’t yet, but the intention is there LOL!!
    So sorry to hear you had a low moment the other day – I know exactly what you mean. If you look ok people sometimes have unrealistic expectations of you. It’s like the whole thing with me and shoes. If someone doesn’t know about my polio they don’t understand why I wear clumpier styled shoes cos I can’t balance on heels. I know they don’t mean to be hurtful but some comments can be really upsetting.
    Your Chris is so thoughtful and I’m sure you will be able to enjoy some shorter walks and eventually progress to something a bit more challenging. One thing I know from experience is that for the rest of your life walking won’t be the natural action most people take for granted – I have to think about every step I take. It was probably good for you to let off a bit of steam with the postie but hope you’re friendly again now – you need him to deliver all your QVC goodies!!
    Hope you enjoy the Miso
    keep your chin up
    Julia x

  74. Susan April 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia (and Annette),
    Lol I suppose it was a retorical question the other day – didn’t mean for you to feel you had to be a doctor! As long we feel better that’s the main thing I think – placebo or not. And with regards to Annette, I agree it was probably good to let off steam…we all have to! It is always frustrating when we have health problems and cannot do what we (or others) feel we should be doing. I’ve had health problems too for the last couple of years – low points are hard but we always get through. At least you have a lovely partner..not something I am blessed with but maybe some day! We have more strength than we realise. ‘Just keep swimming’ as the fish Dorey says from Finding Nemo. My friend’s little ‘keep you chin up’ alternative!
    Take care
    Susan x

  75. Annette Roberts April 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    At least the intention/thought is there for your Chris to have a go…I think my Chris has decided that mowing the lawn and weeding is enough exercise for the moment…LOL!!
    I really understand about the shoes, because I’m really struggling at the moment, currently living in my Skechers and Berkis from the minute I get out of bed…I can’t walk barefoot anymore, if I try, my leg will not bend at all and I’m limping, but as soon as I put my shoes on, I can walk normally…very strange! I did tell the consultant and he said I will have to wear shoes all the time. Trying to find shoes that are cut low enough around the ankle area is a nightmare…I have just returned 2 pairs of Clarks to QVC because although they looked low enough, they weren’t and rubbed the inside scar.
    Alls fine with the postie, he’s already delivered lots of goodies since.
    Tried the Miso soup yesterday, which was quite nice, but I wasn’t expecting the pieces of seaweed in it and kept telling myself it was cabbage LOL!
    The chin well and truly up again.
    Annette x

  76. Sharon Ewen April 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Good morning Julia!!
    As I sit typing this, I am watching the Marathon, polishing off a plate of beans on toast, and I have to always have marmite on my toast before I put the the baked beans on, I LOVE the stuff!!!
    The rice cakes are scrummy, not sure about the chocolate tho, mind you I have never even seen it!!
    My 3 children have all been raised on marmite, their first ‘finger food’ was marmite on toast soldiers when they were babies, and they still love it now, and they are 18 yrs, 16 yrs and 3 yrs!! We have to get the biggest jar (or squeezy pot) possible, but only lasts a couple of weeks!
    Oh well, must finish my brunch. Hope you have a good week
    love Sharon

  77. julia roberts April 30, 2011 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    Hadn’t checked this blog for replies ….. sorry! OK I definitely have to try putting Marmite on my toast when I have beans on toast – that sounds right up my street!
    My 2 were also raised on Marmite ‘soldiers’ and they also used to have ‘soldiers’ to dip into their soft boiled eggs.
    Julia x

  78. julia roberts April 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Only just found this comment – I like that ‘Just keep swimming’ …. very appropriate for me!! Confession – I’ve never seen Finding Nemo, is it good?
    speak soon
    Julia x

  79. julia roberts April 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    So pleased to hear you and the postie are on speaking terms again! Were you watching the Padders show the other night?? There were a couple of styles that might be OK for you – check them out on the website.
    Glad that your chin is UP again – really liked Susan’s expression ‘Just keep swimming’ – actually do you swim?? That would probably be really good for your ankle.
    speak soon
    Julia x

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