Spot the Odd One Out

Breakfast in Paris 19 Oct. 2009

Breakfast in Paris 19 Oct. 2009

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14 Responses

  1. OMG!!!!! Vegemite: absolutely the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted in my life. Give me a PB&J any day, even for breakfast, although personally I prefer oatmeal and toast. And to think, the Aussies all LOVE it!

  2. I know! I know!

    If you run out, we sell it at the bookstore . . . and I’m certainly not buying any for myself!

  3. Let me think….
    Carolyn they all look odd – except for the vegemite. That is the only thing there that looks normal!!

    For all those non Australian followers out there – Not all Australians like Vegemite. Out of my 4 family members only 1 will eat it, the rest of us can’t stand it. Common misconception of us extremely tasteful Aussies 🙂

  4. Vegemite hs been a part of Aussie life since 1923. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is still popular enough to warrant exporting it to countries such as England where you can buy it in nearly every supermarket. As for PB&J, I cannot get my head around that one.

  5. It’s the VEGEMITE… mate!!! Oh wow!! That must have been a “bring along,” hay?! Which one of you/or both?? of you eat that yeasty spread?!
    Okay… Now, you have to tell me… Isn’t it exactly like Marmite, but called Vegemite? I have never tasted it, not even when I was in Oz… no desire to…. no desire to try a lot of things, though.. like snails, foie gras and froggy legs!! heheheh!!! See you guys tomorrow!! YAYY!!

  6. I love mrschipndale’s comment, hilarious! And what *is* the difference between Marmite and Vegemite? I’ll never try either. (insert grumbly, closed-off face here).

  7. eccchhh! give me nutella any day. tried to eat vegemite once in kiwiland, no thanks.
    leesa–nasty as they sound, snails and froggy legs are very tasty!

  8. Hi again,

    My comment about peanut butter had to do with the following: one of my Australian friends, who was spending a year here in State College, was explaining vegemite to me. She commented that one of the mistakes that Americans make when they try vegemite is to assume that it is a spread similar to the way peanut butter is used. Since many Americans spread peanut butter thickly, they have a tendency to do the same thing with vegemite. She then served vegemite to me in the appropriate amount, but I can’t say I liked it much!

    I actually think vegemite is available here in town at the grocery store that has a reasonably sized non produce international section. (Since the country of origin labeling act was passed in the United States, it is most interesting to see where produce and meat can come from.) This is, of course, carbon footprint not withstanding.

    I’m sure I should have written that many Australians appear to enjoy vegemite rather than all, but then I think I wrote my initial comment about 1 a.m.!

  9. I agree with everyone who doesn’t like is not very nice tasting….it is nothing like Marmite thank goodness, I love Marmite!!

  10. Both Marmite and Vegemite are made from used brewer’s yeast. Both are very salty and rich in vitamins. As far as I can ascertain, Marmite has (added) B12 whereas Vegemite does not. For those interested, Wikipedia has a comprehensive article on Vegemite including the fact that the British Medical Association endorsed it back in the 1930’s. Many U.S. visitors to Oz want to try it because of its mention in the Downunder song (theme song for the victorious Aussie America’s Cup team.) As mentioned in another comment, the mistake most make is to spread it very thickly on bread or toast. A very thin layer on toast is the way to go and you may need to try it more than once for your taste buds to tune in

  11. Wow, what fantastic comments! Thanks for the interesting and amusing chain of observations and insights, everyone.

    Bruce, welcome and appreciate the local knowledge.

    I’ve been meaning to do a post on Vegemite for some time … maybe soon. Clive’s the one who partakes in our family. I’m afraid I won’t touch the stuff, either. The little jar in the photo was ‘imported’ from our recent trip to England.

    Cheers everyone and thanks again! 🙂

  12. Yes, you must do a post on Vegemite. Growing up in the States I always wondered about the Vegemite Sandwich in the song Down Under and when I got the chance to try it I hated it. Then I moved to the UK, sloooooowwwwly became adjusted to Marmite, started to actually kind of like Marmite then tried Vegemite again and prefer it even to Marmite! But only every now and then… 😉

  13. Hi Carolyn & Clive,

    I’m so sorry to be silent since awhile… you both know what’s going on with my life right now.
    This is a very clever !!
    I’m sorry to say the Vegemite did not win hands down when we try it ( through a women that I once knew in NSW). My God; you should have seen our faces ( Sorry Clive); we had a hard time just tasting a tiny bit on our pinkies.

    It goes to show you that food is very cultural and while language can be acquired, food habits take longer to acquire ! And sometimes, we don’t acquire some things at all !

    I enjoyed so much meeting you both and I sincerely hope to see you again when you pass through in December.You are a great couple to know !

    Hugs xx

  14. Michelle, interesting about your acquired taste for both Marmite and Vegemite (now and then) – good on ya 🙂

    Barbara, kudos to you for even trying it on your pinkie! So true about food culture and habits.

    Happy eating, everyone.

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