G’day mates and happy Australia day! Australia Day is Australia’s official national day and commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove on that day in 1788 (more from Wikipedia). Well, it was really yesterday, January 26, 2006, so last night we celebrated a bit with Aussie friend Z, and she treated us to some simply prepared Vegemite toast.
If you haven’t tried Vegemite before and mostly attribute your familiarity with it to 80’s favorite “Down Under” by Men at Work or have a preconceived notion about its palatability, it turns out to be actually quite good.
Vegemite is made from yeast extract and has a dark appearance, smooth texture and tastes salty. Our friend’s recipe was very easy to prepare and comes straight from the Outback… Just start out with some lightly toasted white or wheat bread, spread on some butter or margarine, and once it has melted, add a light smear of Vegemite right from the jar.
The Vegemite we used was, and that is why we cannot disclose our friend’s identity or properly credit the recipe, not purchased stateside through a traditional retail distribution channel, but in the suitcase of an anonymous international traveler.