Gut Rumbles

June 27, 2005


Thanks to loyal reader and frequent commenter Henry Blowfly, I now possess a TUBE of genuine Australian Vegemite. I'm going to try some today and see if I survive the experience. I think I'll test it on toast first.

I liked the note he sent with the Vegemite:

"Most kids in Australia grew up with this stuff spread on toast for breakfast, spread on sandwiches for lunch, sometimes in combination with cheese or lettuce, and on crackers for school snacks, and it would be rare to find a home in Australia that did not have a jar stored in the pantry. .... It always makes me smile when I see a little Chinese/ Australian or Italian toddler with his face smeared with Vegemite."

Well, Pete, this Jawja Cracker intends to have some smeared on HIS face today. I owe it to my Australian "mates" to at least TASTE their "national food." I'll try ANYTHING once.

And I will post a review of my experience.



Posted by: James Hooker on June 27, 2005 10:19 AM

I have an Aussie friend (still living in Australia) and when I asked her about this Vegemite stuff, she said "Its disgusting".....Soooo, not sure I would recommend it...

Posted by: Ruth on June 27, 2005 10:28 AM

Come on Rob you just got out of the hospital. I lived in OZ for two years and would rather eat that other national treat, witchetty grubs, than ever let that vile substance cross my lips again.

Posted by: dbltap on June 27, 2005 10:30 AM

I tried the stuff once...

My advice is to have some of that blackberry handy to kill the taste.

Posted by: Rich on June 27, 2005 10:34 AM

It's not bad at all.

My girlfriend is English. We eat Marmite on toast all the time.

The Vegemite I have tasted is very similar to Marmite. Maybe a bit stronger.

Just don't spread it on TOO thick.

Posted by: rightisright on June 27, 2005 10:51 AM

Vegemite Sandwich. Hmmm... Isn't that an old "Men at Work" Song?

Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,
"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."
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
And he said,
"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."
Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?"
And he said,
"Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Posted by: assrot on June 27, 2005 11:05 AM

I love that stuff, but at $9 for a little 4-ounce jar, it is only an occasional pleasure.

Posted by: maggot on June 27, 2005 11:16 AM

The first time I tried vegemite I made the mistake of spreading it like peanut butter. When it comes to vegemite, a little goes a long way.

Posted by: Kevin on June 27, 2005 12:15 PM

I too have heard it is nasty shit. But if you really like it, my friend is moving here from Australia this Sept. I can have her bring you some more.

Posted by: Maeve on June 27, 2005 12:17 PM

Anyone that will eat that shit, will suck a dick, Cat

Posted by: catfish on June 27, 2005 12:19 PM

I'm with you Cat.
It tastes sorta like shit, just not quite as good.
As for Marmite, It goes well with burnt booger biscuits but that's about it.

Posted by: James Hooker on June 27, 2005 02:11 PM

Sobriety and marmite do not mix. If you must partake after all these admonitions, at least do yourself the favor of imbibing sufficient spirits to forget the experience.

I know whereof I speak. I regularly partake of "Limburger" and enjoy it immensely. Vegimite is not to be trifled with!

Posted by: Ed on June 27, 2005 02:23 PM

I think you should try it at least once. They are right, a little goes a very long way. I used a bit too much and it felt corrosive on my tongue.

Posted by: Circa Bellum on June 27, 2005 05:08 PM
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