July 04, 2003


Thanks to Bruce T. in comments, we now have a line on Vegemite supplies in the US. Put it on toast; it’s great. Spread your Vegemite real thin, though; dump it on there like peanut butter or something and you’ll peel all the skin from your palate, leading to a condition known locally as “Vegemouth”.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 4, 2003 03:20 PM

It's also good for soup stock.

Posted by: Jake D at July 4, 2003 at 03:27 PM

And boot polish!!

Posted by: slatts at July 4, 2003 at 03:29 PM

Best use for Vegemite is to smear a little around the top of black plastic toilet seats- much juvenile mirth will ensue.

Posted by: paul bickford at July 4, 2003 at 03:29 PM

Tightly streched cling film applied under the same seat is also a jolly jape.

Posted by: paul bickford at July 4, 2003 at 03:31 PM

In NYC, Kalustyans (123 Lexington Ave - b/w 28th and 29th) stocks Vegemite in the "international delicacies" section.

Grab a felafel sandwich while you're there.

Posted by: Mork at July 4, 2003 at 03:53 PM

I dare anyone who has eaten Vegemite to claim it's an "international delicacy". Black sludge in a jar is more accurate. To repeat Tim's warning - spread it reeeal thin or regret having a tongue...

Posted by: Jake D at July 4, 2003 at 04:29 PM

My sons eat vegemite with a spoon - real thin bahh!

Posted by: Russell at July 4, 2003 at 04:33 PM

What is it with you guys and vegemite? It sometimes seems to be more of a cultural touchstone than a food. Frankly, it's not disgusting enough to be worth making a big to-do about. Good old American lips-and-assholes hotdogs are far more disgusting.

Posted by: Harry at July 4, 2003 at 04:43 PM

My God, haven't we been punished enough!

Posted by: wallace at July 4, 2003 at 04:49 PM


Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 4, 2003 at 05:13 PM

Yeuch. Vegemite tastes like stale shit.

Graham Freeman likes it, though. Enough to come up with a how-to guide: Vegemite for Morons.

Posted by: Robert at July 4, 2003 at 07:42 PM

I reckon Promite is the best. Vegemite is too strong and I cant remember what marmite tastes like.
Adding margerine to the mix makes it taste better.

Posted by: Ken at July 4, 2003 at 11:16 PM

What IS that stuff, exactly?

It's quite a country you guys have going down there, Tim. :)

Posted by: Aaron at July 5, 2003 at 02:24 AM

It's a fungal emulsion...

No, really.

Posted by: Harry at July 5, 2003 at 02:43 AM

It's the yeasty dregs from beer fermenting vats. Basically whatever's left when the beer is tapped off.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at July 5, 2003 at 02:56 AM

No discussion of Vegemite is complete without the song.

Posted by: Cracker Barrel Philosopher at July 5, 2003 at 05:14 AM

There's a zillion places in the US you can get it ... virtually any upscale food joint in New York, Chicago or the West Coast. Plus many, many online suppliers. I've never been unable to find it. The secret must be out! To post-July 4 revelry Yanks: It's fantastic for hangovers (trust me). Loaded with vitamin B.

Posted by: Pete the New York Aussie at July 5, 2003 at 06:35 AM

Thinly spread it on the skin of a chook while roasting - mmmmmmm.

Posted by: Razor at July 5, 2003 at 01:32 PM

Vegemite is brilliant under the right circumstances: must be on toast and be coupled with butter/margarine.

Posted by: Random_Prose at July 5, 2003 at 04:51 PM

Ugh... all the vegetable extracts are horrible.

Bovril (or Fray Bentos) beef spread rules.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at July 6, 2003 at 10:06 AM

Vegemite - the preferred explosive for inept Australian terrorists...

Posted by: vic at July 6, 2003 at 10:08 AM

Thanks for that link! I'd been reduced to snitching packets from the Outback Steakhouse (you'd think they'd sell it in jars there, but noooo).

Posted by: Kathy K at July 7, 2003 at 12:51 AM