Gut Rumbles

June 27, 2005

vegemite, part II

Okay, I'm an adventuresome guy. I figured that to try Vegemite for the first time (since the sample I have is in a tube, much like squeeze-on butter or hemorroid medication), I should run a line of it on my finger and taste it straight-up. I did.


THAT is a strange flavor. It is powerful and yeasty at first, and there's a definite "yuk!" factor involved, but it simmers down and leaves a very remarkable aftertaste lingering on the tongue. I went ahead and had a second slash, right offa my bare finger. That one went down easier than the first one did.

Hmmm... really not bad once you get used to it.

I popped a couple of frozen waffles in the toaster and decorated those sumbitches with butter and Vegemite when they were done. I ate both waffles. I'm not dead yet, but I can damn sure taste Vegemite every time I burp now.

I'm convinced that I could develop a liking for that stuff. It's not nearly as bad as most people claim, and the taste kinda grows on you, like a malignant wart, the more you eat of it.

I'm going to have some more this evening. I'll bet that it tastes pretty good on broiled fish. I intend to find out.

Thanks again, Pete. That tube of Vegemite will NOT go to waste around the Crackerbox.


Good on you, mate. The trick with veggiemite is not to use too much- just a little bit is perfect.

Posted by: Mr. Blue on June 27, 2005 05:12 PM

Your reaction was pretty much the same as tasted like chunky beer to me but it wasn't bad once you got used to it.

Posted by: Chablis on June 27, 2005 05:20 PM

And it's just as good under grilled cheeze or with apricot jam all over it.

Posted by: tincanman on June 27, 2005 05:29 PM

just don't confuse it with your hemorrhoid medication!

Posted by: livey on June 27, 2005 05:34 PM

Took it straight? Ouch! A little bit of it spread over buttered toast is the way to go.

Posted by: Grand Fromage on June 27, 2005 06:32 PM

You ARE a sick bastard!

Posted by: Maeve on June 27, 2005 06:56 PM

Works best on slighly-burnt toast. Spread thinly over a layer of butter.

Posted by: Tex on June 27, 2005 07:38 PM


I have heard about the grilled cheese usage.

As I don't have any Vegemite handy, I will try it with my trusty Marmite.

Posted by: rightisright on June 27, 2005 10:07 PM

Marmite is a pale and worthless imitation of the mighty Vegemite!

The many tentacled octopus of the Vegemite hegemony expands around the world!

True to your word Rob, you ARE an adventurous man.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on June 27, 2005 10:41 PM

Can you buy this stuff in stores in the U.S. of A?

Posted by: Bill Dennis on June 28, 2005 05:59 AM

My one and only experience with Vegemite happened when I was in Australia.

One thing that you didn't mention about Vegemite is that it's pretty salty. Not like a lick or anything, but it's definitely got a twang. As it turns out, I don't really much like things that taste salty, but I didn't mind Vegemite too much until one day when I'd been body surfing for several hours. No matter what you do, salty sea water will splash into your mouth repeatedly. Anyway, lunchtime comes along and I jog out of the surf and into the kitchen, where I made a nice Vegemite sandwich. Now imagine that your mouth has been pretty well coated with salt. The imagine Vegemite hitting your Dead Sea mouth. Gag. I nearly lost my will to live.

Posted by: physics geek on June 28, 2005 09:13 AM

I go for the toast, butter and nice thing about it is no one in your family will eat it. So it's always there waiting just like you left it.

Posted by: lg on June 28, 2005 10:26 AM

Physics Geek has outlined a cultural difference here. What he should have done (and every Aussie would know), after surfing, the first thing you do is drink a can of cold beer. Then, and only then, can you proceed to eat Vegemite sandwiches.

I am appalled at my countrymen for not telling you this, they were probably all laughing and pointing, the callous swine.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on June 28, 2005 10:30 AM

Hell, you made your own version of vegemite when you made your homemade wine.
Should have sampled a little then!

Posted by: Dave S. on June 28, 2005 02:44 PM

On Marmite, "As an aside, Billy Connolly recounts that he once dropped a bit of breakfast
Marmite toast on the edge of the hotel bed he'd just got out of. Room
service came in, noticed the dark brown streak and assumed it was a skid
mark. Billy said "Oh if you think that's bad, watch this!" and proceeded to
lick it off! "
So Rob, when are you going to try Marmite?

Posted by: MMCFTBSOH on June 28, 2005 02:51 PM

As an Australian, I am quite fond of vegemite, but it is really only nice when it is very lightly spread on toast with plenty of butter. Don't make the mistake of eating it in bulk. It's best treated almost as a condiment, not as a spread like peanut butter.

Posted by: Julian on June 30, 2005 11:53 PM

Vegemite is old hat. Try promite!

It's not as salty and has a more fruity flavour. Derived from vegetables rather than yeast, you can't go back to mere vegemite.

BTW, the company that makes vegemite is USA owned.

Posted by: Grinder on July 1, 2005 06:57 AM

It is, if nothing else, fantastic if you're recovering from a bender.

Posted by: Dogbert on July 5, 2005 07:51 AM

OK, it's well into July now.....lemme see, nearly two weeks of should be hooked by now. Welcome to honorary Oz citizenship. Treat it well.

Posted by: Gravelrash on July 6, 2005 08:56 PM
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