Introducing Vegemite

VegemiteI teach English as a second language. Last week I brought in a jar of Vegemite and a packet of cracker biscuits  for my students to taste.

I wished I could have filmed the reaction of the Chinese teenagers here on a 2 week study tour of Sydney. Their faces expressed disgust!

So what is Vegemite? I prepared a handout for the students as well as showing them an old TV commercial.

Vegemite is a dark brown Australian food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives developed by Cyril  Callister in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1922.

A common method of eating Vegemite is on toasted bread with one layer of butter or margarine before spreading a thin layer of Vegemite.

vege_toast

A Vegemite sandwich (referenced in the Down Under song by Men at Work) may consist of two slices of buttered bread, Vegemite and cheese, but other ingredients such as lettuce, avocado and tomato can be added as well.

Vegemite can be used as a filling for pastries, such as the Cheesymite scroll available at Bakers Delight bread-shops.

cheesymite

Here is the Happy Little Vegemites song.

We’re happy little Vegemites
As bright as bright can be.
We all enjoy our Vegemite
For breakfast, lunch, and tea.
Our mummies say we’re growing stronger
Every single week,
Because we love our Vegemite
We all adore our Vegemite
It puts a rose in every cheek.

More Information:

Vegemite is on Twitter! @vegemite

 

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3 Comments

  1. Nice layout and presentation! And by the way, this American loves Vegemite! You don’t think they will revoke my citizenship or US passport do you?? Oh yeah, and I love cricket too! I think I’m in trouble… 🙂 😉

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