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19 November 2017

Vegemite


Vegemite, as well as being a quintessentially Australian breakfast spread is also an acquired taste.  I have not yet "acquired" a taste for it.  I think it is one of those foods which you either love or hate.  

As well, it is worth mentioning that Men at Work, the Australian rock band from the 1980's who became known around the world for their 1981 hit single "Down Under" included their beloved Vegemite in the lyrics of their song. 

"Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, "do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich."


 So, for anyone who did not understand the meaning of the lyrics, a Vegemite sandwich, is a savoury food which is spread onto buttered toast and typically eaten at breakfast.

Vegemite is a thick, black Australian food spread made from leftover brewers' yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives. It was developed by Cyril Percy Callister in Melbourne, Victoria in 1922. The Vegemite brand was owned by Mondelez International but was acquired by the Australian Bega Cheese group following an agreement in January 2017.
 
A spread for sandwiches, toast, crumpets and cracker biscuits as well as a filling for pastries, Vegemite is similar to British, New Zealand and South African Marmite, Australian Promite, MightyMite, AussieMite, OzEmite and Swiss Cenovis. Vegemite is salty, slightly bitter, malty and rich in umami – a glutamate similar in flavour to beef bouillon. 







The photograph of the buttered piece of toast smeared with Vegemite is from my husband's breakfast plate. 
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