Vegemite is an Aussie icon. If you haven’t heard of it, allow me to introduce you! The vegemite tube in the above photo is a special edition put out for the last Olympics. Usually it comes in jars of varying sizes. Aussies travelling overseas are known to either take it with them or go to extreme lengths to source it.
Alas, it is not readily available overseas. Some would say that is a good thing. I would say it’s an acquired taste. In the same class as caviar, or blue vein cheese for instance. TRH (The Retired Husband) violently disagrees. In his opinion it is bear s***t.
But then some people are just neanderthals when it comes to refined tastes. What I would agree with is that vegemite is one of those things where a little goes a long way. A small jar of it lasts me several years.
I vividly remember this early TV advertisement for vegemite.
I also remember watching this video of three famous overseas judges
on the Australian Voice being introduced to the delights of tasting vegemite.
Not sure that they have yet joined the hallowed ranks of us vegemite lovers.
You may have been wondering what the paintbrushes and artist’s palette were doing in the first poster.
Vegemite has another, not so well known use. You can paint with it!
That’s right – you can.
These photos on the left are the beginnings of two of my vegemite masterpieces.
I first came across vegemite art in a little known art gallery in the Adelaide Hills. Peter Browne who has since moved to Sydney uses only his forefinger and a jar of vegemite to create his vegemite masterpieces.
I, on the other hand, being a first time vegemite artist novice, resorted to paintbrushes. I am ashamed to admit that I also used oil pastels and coloured pencils. Here’s the finished products –
© Raili Tanska