Anyone of Australian descent should not read this post, or be forewarned that it contains blasphemy of the worst kind
I'm on a mission to try as many new foods as possible while we're here, so food will likely be a regular theme in posts this year. Of course, no one can spend a year in Australia and not try the much-loved locally (but much dreaded for everyone else in the entire world) food item known as Vegemite, a dark brown food paste made from yeast extract. I don't know about you, but when I hear the words 'yeast extract' I don't necessarily have an immediate yearning to pop a piece of bread in a toaster and get my spread on.
But as our Australian exchange partner Garry put it, we 'have a year to form a passionate, loving relationship with Vegemite', so we woke up on our first morning here and gave it our best effort...
Ummmm...right now I can honestly say that I'm definitely feeling passionate about Vegemite. I have a passionate aversion to spreading yeast extract on my toast. There; I said it (or whispered it, because I'm a teensy bit nervous that the Australian Embassy will dispatch someone to revoke my visa straight away).
|1924 Vegemite ad|
|saw this online; thankfully, only a parody and not an actual product!|
|See? Brown...spreadable...it's not so big of a leap!|
Whew! Now that I've gotten all that off my chest, I am hereby announcing my commitment to having at least a quarter of a piece of toast with Vegemite each day to see if I can change this ol' palate of mine to at least some level of tolerance. Feel free to offer tips on mustering up some sort of enjoyment out of this, or simply your condolences if you think there's no hope. I'll keep you posted on my grim progress as the year goes on.