Day 7 of the sensory journey; the last, but in my view the best of the taste days. This also marks the time of year where we look back and then forwards in the style of Janus. what have we achieved, what do we hope for next year? I was pleased with my achievements of my personal challenges for last year, the Great East Swim and the Dunwich Dynamo both went well but boy oh boy did I drop off the throttle afterwards. So, yet again I’m approaching 2012 in the officially overweight category. To that end I have signed up for the 2012 Great East Swim at 2 miles, as the Dynamo is earlier I doubt I will do it this time, too close to the swim. Instead I will attempt to learn to run, I’ll use Janathon 2012 as my start point and sign up to a plan possibly with Take to the Streets which has served me well in the past or if anyone can recommend an iPhone app that takes you from not running to a 10K distance that would suit me very well.
Back to the 12 Days – today’s theme is:
Taste – Umami
Today I am in search of savouriness, regular readers will know that I am a proud member of the Marmarati which pre-declares me as a fan of all things savoury from Marmite, to rare meat and strong cheese. Umami has only relatively recently been added to the list of taste senses how did we manage before? I wonder what your favourite savoury things are, any strong memories, things you hope to achieve in a savoury style in 2012?
To keep you thinking here is today’s Spotify playlist
The topic for Illustration Friday this week is ‘savour’. As many regular readers of this blog will know I have a penchant for a certain savoury spread called Marmite. I was sure that there was too much savouring of the spread going on when I learned this week of the theft from a warehouse of £60,000 of Marmite and Marmite Christmas products including their Peculiar Milk Chocolate. I haven’t time to turn this into a proper picture, so just my rough sketch for now of someone sneaking a jar of Marmite out from a hole in the fence.
I know that a lot of people come to these pages via Illustration Friday from all over the world where Marmite is not found. It is difficult stuff to explain; a brown yeast extract goo. Notoriously people either love it or hate it.
Sadly, due to the computer failure here we never did have a Marmite picnic at Framlingham Castle, which was the original plan. However, in the spirit of the thing, here is my Marmite XO video. Of course if you would still like to join me drop me an e-mail and one sunny spring weekend we will picnic. In the meantime which of the soft toys would you have been?
Marmite XO goes on sale on Monday. I am pleased to be one of the Marmarati, many thanks to all those who voted for me.