The other day, I received an extremely excellent package in the mail from the very Baron von Harlot herself. I know! How cool is that?! The contents of this package included one jar of real Australian Vegemite and one copy of TimT‘s new zine, Badger’s Dozen, featuring poetry by Tim, the Baron, and various other cool wordsmith-type people. I know you are jealous, but don’t be, because you can order the zine on Etsy, and I am going to tell you all about my adventures with vegemite so that you can share along with me.
Let me just say what big excitement this all was! I love to try new and interesting foodstuffs (in the limited manner I now can, without eating the meats and the cheeses and such). I had been warned about vegemite, however — warned, in fact, that it might taste “like condensed compost heap with salt.” Oh boy. What had I gotten myself into? Even though I had heard that the only people in the world who love vegemite are Australians and that it’s a taste that’s difficult to acquire, I forged ahead.
I spread a very thin layer on toast, as directed, and began my adventure. It tastes very nutty, sort of woodsy, dark, and salty. The flavor is strong in this one.
I later decided I liked to butter the toast first (or, in my case, I use Earth Balance, the vegan “buttery” spread), which sort of complements the vegemite flavor and makes it less concentrated. This isn’t to say I dislike the flavor, but just that I wanted to sort of weaken it a bit.
It occurred to me as I was spreading the stuff on my toast, though, that it sort of resembles toast spread with Nutella. Wouldn’t it be funny to offer someone a piece of toast with Nutella and give them this instead? Um, wait. Forget I said that next time you’re over at my house.
Will I Eat It Again: YES.