Saturday, May 4, 2013
Vegemite, love it, hate it, it is undoubtedly one of the tastes of Australia.
I am firmly in love it camp. Vegemite for me is true comfort food. If I'm feeling sad, sick or hungover a piece of toast with butter and the perfect amount of vegemite accompanied by a cup of tea is what I crave. That said, it is also my go to snack when I'm feeling perfectly healthy too!
I've learned over the years how important it is to travel with Vegemite. As fantastic as a long holiday is, you need some of those home comforts and the fact that vegemite comes in a squeezy tube means it is a perfect travel companion.
When I travelled through South America in 2009 we quickly became weary of the sweet breakfasts. Everything was sweetened, the bread, the spreads (which included of course the fab dulce de lece but there are only so many mornings you can eat toast topped with caramel), the cereal, even the yogurt they top cereal with. It was a little overwhelming. Then one morning we sat down to unsweetened bread. Excited I jumped up and grabbed from my suitcase the tube of Vegemite that my travel companions had been teasing me about. The teasing was over. We got stuck into it and it was one of the best breakfasts of the trip.
Of course, as with any time you have vegemite in a foreign country the obvious happened, someone asked to try it. Through our limited spanish we tried to explain that it isn't sweet but the look on her face when she took a bite was priceless.
This morning I sat curled on the couch with a plate of vegemite toast and a cup of English breakfast tea that had been perfectly made for me by S. I was cozy in my trackies and uggs, the sun was shining in warming the room and as I took a bite I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and comfort. It may not have been the most glamorous of mornings, but it was perfect.
Are you a vegemite lover? And what is your go to comfort food?