Saturday, August 30, 2008

An Australian Favourite....

I thought I might write some information on my blog about our Australian way of life for any overseas visitors to this site. We recently had a visitor from America over for dinner, and it was amazing the strange things that they had been told about our country. Perhaps I can let you in on a little bit about our way of life.

Aussies are very keen on a food spread called "Vegemite", you may have heard of it. It is considered as much a part of Australia's heritage as kangaroos. It is actually an Australian obsession that has become a unique and loved symbol of the Australian nation. A Vegemite sandwich to an Australian kid is the equivalent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to an American kid - but the taste is quite different!!!

Vegemite is a yeast extract spread and it is made from leftover brewers' yeast extract and various vegetable and spice additives. It is very dark, almost black in colour and it is thick like peanut butter, it's very salty, and it tastes, like, well, let's just say it is an acquired taste. Australian children are brought up on Vegemite from the time they're babies. It is said that Australians are known to travel all over the world with at least one small jar of Vegemite in their luggage, for fear that they will not be able to find it.

So, if you are ever visiting Australia, you really must be brave and try our Vegemite!!!!


Ruth said...

Hi Christine ! Have you heard of our Marmite in the UK ? I think it is nearly the same as Vegemite - I liked their ads where they say you either love it or hate it !!
Happy blogging ! :0)
Mini Hugs , Ruth

tej said...

Got to love that Vegemite! I am always trying to get my non-Australian friends to try it.