Friday Food Photos – Vegemite

Vegemite – is a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract. It is a spread for sandwiches, toast, crumpets and cracker biscuits, and filling for pastries. made from used brewers’ yeast extract, a by-product of beer manufacturing, various vegetables, wheat and spice additives. ~ wiki

I hate it. I hate it so much!

I’ve been to Australia a few times now and its hard to enjoy a breakfast there with out getting a waft of vegemite. Vegemite is fed to Australians generally starting a young age when the kids don’t know any better ( that it tastes horrible IMO) and because they don’t know any different they some how learn to love it. Eaten normally on toast, it is actually one of the richest sources of B vitamins in the world.

I have tried to like vegemite. I’ve attempted more than once.

If you want to take a step back in time 2 years ago, you can watch a video of me as I try to give it a shot and eat a whole piece of bread with vegemite on it… sadly I don’t make it much further than two bites…
Most Australians are in love with the stuff though, god knows why…. Like my friend Chris the Aussie Nomad, as you can see here in a video a part of his on going, Vegemite Challenge, trying to convince the world one person at a time that everyone should love this junk.

Have you ever tried vegemite? What did you think of it?

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Jack
    March 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    YUM – I now have a yen for both marmite and vegemite. Never used to like either but somewhere along the line it changed… about the time I started liking marzipan, aniseed, liver and kidney (not all at the same time).

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      March 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      @Jack: Sorry Jack we can not be friends haha I know my taste buds have changed and I have liked things that I never I would before but I really don’t think that will ever change with Vegemite or Marmite, blech haha and I would hope you wouldn’t eat those other things all together ;)

  • Reply
    Abi
    February 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

    A weak version of marmite, surely…

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      March 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

      @Abi: hahaha In my head they are the same thing with a different name ;)

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    Caitlin @ Roaming Tales
    February 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    As an Australian, I love vegemite. At least we don’t put sugar in absolutely everything, even savoury dishes. Why would you put marshmallows with sweet potato? Ugh!

    But looking at that picture, I have to say that you’re doing it all wrong. I would eat that piece of vegemite toast but I wouldn’t feed it to a beginner. It’s an acquired taste and you have to start out by smearing it very lightly. You also need butter.

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      Cailin O'Neil
      March 6, 2012 at 1:35 am

      @Caitlin @ Roaming Tales: hahaha for the record I’ve never tried marshmallows with sweet potatoes but now that you mention it…. I’ll have to try it :)

      There was butter on the bread, but a lot of people have told me I put on too much. I figured go big or go home right?! haha

  • Reply
    Pete
    February 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I actually like it as well. Goes great with cheese, avocado and tomato.

  • Reply
    Laurence
    February 25, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I love the stuff, particularly spread on peanut butter ;)

  • Reply
    Christine
    February 25, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I LOVE VEGEMITE. So so so much.

    Seriously, a bit of Vegemite on toasted bread with some avo mash or butter…you just can’t beat it.

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      March 6, 2012 at 1:33 am

      @Christine: Did you fall and hit your head when you were in Australia? You are crazy!!! hahaha

  • Reply
    Abby
    February 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Yuck! I have so many Australians in my life, yet I’ve never tried it. I am so open to trying anything, but I just sort of know I won’t like vegemite — so not my thing!

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      February 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      @Abby: I’m right there with you Abby its sooooo yucky!! haha

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    Don Faust
    February 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Never tried it – it sounds like a left-over WWII ration food… kind of like Spam, but I actually like Spam.

    If I am going to adopt a morning treat from somewhere else, I would prefer crumpets and Nutella.

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      February 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      @Don Faust: I’m pretty sure thats how it came about, from the food rationing days when nothing could go to waste.

  • Reply
    Alexa Meisler
    February 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The video’s funny. Not a fan of Vegemite myself. At least it’s rich in Vitamin B right?

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