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Old 08-14-2014, 07:06 PM
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:14 AM
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Always hilarious to see the Yanks chow down on Aussie cuisine (it never ends well).
If it's not chock full of sugar and fat- it must taste bad right?
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God, you lot are a bunch of simpletons!! :-)

Milo: Is nothing more than chocolate flavouring. So surprisingly enough it tastes just like chocolate milk. Also works a treat when sprinkled on vanila ice cream. I can only take it by the reactions that Yanks are neither familiar with chocolate nor milk. Little wonder the great empire has fallen.

Chicos: Couldn't agree more. Horrible, horrible tasting things that we use as a closely guarded national gag and all giggle relentlessly as we feed 'em to American tourists.

Chicken flavoured chips: Self explanatory really. Not my personal choice (that would be a good old plain potato chip....or crips for the dim witted on the other side of the Pacific), but as you noted by the reactions there, the majority actually thought they were ok.

Pizza shapes: Agreed. These things do NOT taste like pizza. Bloody tasty snack nonetheless though. I defy anyone who has started a box, to stop before they actually finish the thing.

Vegemite: Jesus. What can I say? Yanks.......you have absolutely no clue what subtlety and restraint are do you? Much in the same way that caviar is friggen horrendous when gorged with a shovel, vegmite is bound to come on a little strong when one consumes it by dipping a soup ladle into a jar. Here, we spread a small amount on our toast. Try it like that, you may be surprised. I have tunred both American and Canadian visitors onto our national spread by getting them to eat it as intended.


That aside, yes, there is no escaping the fact that Aussies are a weird bunch. This is what comes from being isolated at the arse end of the world. However, if you find us strange, then you've really gotta check out the Kiwis!! :-)
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:32 AM
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LOL! Send me some I'll try! I bet I can eat a spoon of vegemite!
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My bosses are both from Australia and divide their time between here and back home. They brought us some of those Tim Tams and... wow. One of the best things I've ever eaten. I've pretty much stopped eating sugar, so I'm not eating stuff like that now. But whoa, I would love to.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:20 AM
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Vegemite is an ingredient. Thick toast or a fresh slice of bread, coated with butter and topped with a thin layer of Vegemite - THAT is how Australians eat it. Would you eat a teaspoon of anchovy? That's equivalent to what those tasters were doing.

Vegemite and Milo are not what you'd call good food but Chicos, crisps and Shapes aren't even food, they're edible mouth toys.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:30 AM
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God, you lot are a bunch of simpletons!! :-)
Huh? What's a simpleton? Are you trying to say I'm from a town named "Simple"?

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Milo: Is nothing more than chocolate flavouring. So surprisingly enough it tastes just like chocolate milk. Also works a treat when sprinkled on vanila ice cream. I can only take it by the reactions that Yanks are neither familiar with chocolate nor milk. Little wonder the great empire has fallen.
We have a vile powder here that I think is the same thing, it pictures of cartoon rabbits on the container. It was sold to us by the Swedes, and that same company also has a pet-food division.

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Chicos: Couldn't agree more. Horrible, horrible tasting things that we use as a closely guarded national gag and all giggle relentlessly as we feed 'em to American tourists.
I'm seeing a pattern here, because you said the same thing about Fosters. I now think you're just trying to minimize the embarrassment of enjoying horrible things. Here in the land of freedom, we just put either ketchup, corn syrup, or cheese on things that taste bad, sometimes all three, and then eat them anyway.

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Chicken flavored chips: Self explanatory really. Not my personal choice (that would be a good old plain potato chip....or crips for the dim witted on the other side of the Pacific), but as you noted by the reactions there, the majority actually thought they were ok.
My only note here is that I fixed your incorrect spelling of "flavored".

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Pizza shapes: Agreed. These things do NOT taste like pizza. Bloody tasty snack nonetheless though. I defy anyone who has started a box, to stop before they actually finish the thing.
They don't taste like pizza, and they are not shaped like pizza in any of it's forms. A slice shape would have been acceptable. Even round, fine. Square, sure it's a deep dish. Flipping hexagon? And we're the dim-wits? At any rate, now I have to go find some.

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Vegemite: Jesus. What can I say? Yanks.......you have absolutely no clue what subtlety and restraint are do you?
Don't be rude. Of course we do. I just rented out a bit of our office space we weren't using to another company yesterday, so I was being sub lety, less than 24 hours ago.

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Much in the same way that caviar is friggen horrendous when gorged with a shovel,
Non-sense. Don't knock shoveled fish eggs till you've tried em.

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vegmite is bound to come on a little strong when one consumes it by dipping a soup ladle into a jar. Here, we spread a small amount on our toast. Try it like that, you may be surprised. I have tunred both American and Canadian visitors onto our national spread by getting them to eat it as intended.
I'll give vegemite a go. I think if I just mix it with some ketchup, I could get a spoonful down. Also Canadians will say they like whatever you give them on account if their irrational politeness and agree-ability. Try it next time. Give them dog food on a cracker. They'll say "MMMMMmmmm. That's good, eh?!"

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That aside, yes, there is no escaping the fact that Aussies are a weird bunch. This is what comes from being isolated at the arse end of the world. However, if you find us strange, then you've really gotta check out the Kiwis!! :-)
I doubt I need to. You sound exactly the same, so it stands to reason that you share all other qualities.
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My only note here is that I fixed your incorrect spelling of "flavored".
Nope Watsy. "Flavour" is the actual English word. "Flavor" is just Webster's bastardisation to create a distinctive 'Marikan language.

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I'll give vegemite a go. I think if I just mix it with some ketchup, I could get a spoonful down.
That's the first time I've seen anyone naive enough to sample Vegemite by the spoonful. As I said, it's like a spoonful of anchovies. Would tomato sauce help you get down a spoonful of curry powder?
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:27 AM
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Milo: Is nothing more than chocolate flavouring. So surprisingly enough it tastes just like chocolate milk. Also works a treat when sprinkled on vanila ice cream. I can only take it by the reactions that Yanks are neither familiar with chocolate nor milk. Little wonder the great empire has fallen.
I actually have a tin of Milo in the kitchen. Tasty stuff, I like to add a big spoonful to blended fruit and milk for a breakfast shake. I like it because it isn't too sweet. My relatives in Mexico drink Chocomilk, very similar.

I would very much like to try Vegemite. Can it be purchased in US stores? Maybe an international market or a specialty store.
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I would very much like to try Vegemite. Can it be purchased in US stores? Maybe an international market or a specialty store.
A truly great midnight snack is fresh bread toasted, plenty of butter and a thinnish spread of Vegemite or equivalent - Mighty Mite, Promite, Aussiemite, Vege Spread (yeast and gluten free) etc.
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Is vegemite the equivalent to the South African 'Marmite/Bovril'? Because that stuff on toast when you are hungover is the bomb
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Thanks, I forgot to mention Marmite. Yep, those spreads on toast with butter are great for breakfast.
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Thanks, I forgot to mention Marmite. Yep, those spreads on toast with butter are great for breakfast.
YUK!!! ...that's utterly disgusting Grea :(

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For this obvious bias of Vegemite over Marmite, I will not stand!

Vegemite is much more solid in its composition. Marmite has a lower viscosity and is therefore able to more ably blend with butter on toast and reach all parts of the slice. It's bloody wonderful stuff.
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Harden up, Henri! There's a decent chance that at some stage this century insects will form part of our staple diets :) Not that that's disgusting - kind of like prawns/shrimp.

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For this obvious bias of Vegemite over Marmite, I will not stand!

Vegemite is much more solid in its composition. Marmite has a lower viscosity and is therefore able to more ably blend with butter on toast and reach all parts of the slice. It's bloody wonderful stuff.
My fave is Vege Spread, made by Freedom Foods (man). Again, lower viscosity plus being yeast and gluten free. Flavour-wise I can't tell much difference between the brands.
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RULE # 1: If a friend offers you a spoonful of Vegemite, they are not your friend.

You can buy Vegemite, TimTams, Milo and other Australian goodies in the United States through specialized importers that cater to us homesick Aussies. I use these guys:

http://www.aussieproducts.com/
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Yeah, they are eating the Vegemite in exactly the wrong way. Unless you're my Dad, it doesn't go down too well in spoonfuls. I have a serious addiction to Marmite... it's near-sacred...
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WTF is it? Just a sort of bitter/acidic taste, or something? How would bitter go with butter?

Am I really going to have to go try some? I actually do see it in local groceries...
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WTF is it? Just a sort of bitter/acidic taste, or something? How would bitter go with butter?

Am I really going to have to go try some? I actually do see it in local groceries...
It's a malty yeast extract. It's not bitter, it's quite salty.

You are. Toast, butter and spread thinly. If you're new to it, then you should be able to see the toast through the spread.
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It's a malty yeast extract. It's not bitter, it's quite salty.

You are. Toast, butter and spread thinly. If you're new to it, then you should be able to see the toast through the spread.
Good description and spot on advice, Duncan. Goes great on fresh bread rolls with butter too.

Yes, it's salty. To get an idea, here's Terry Pratchett's description of the inevtnion of Vegemite by the failed wizard, Rinzewind.

He placed the potato reverentially on the ground and tipped out the rest of the bag. There was an onion and some carrots. A tin of ... tea. by the smell of it, and a little box of salt.

A flash of inspiration struck him with all the force and brilliance that ideas have when they're travelling through beer.

Soup! Nutritious and simple! You just boiled everything up! And, yes, he could use one of the empty beer tins, and make a fire, and chop up the vegetables, and the damp patch over there suggested there was water . . .

He walked unsteadily over to have a look. There was a circular depression in the ground that looked as though it might have been some sort of pond once, and there was the usual cluster of slightly healthier than usual trees which you got in such places, but there was no sign of any water and he was too tired to dig.

Then another insight struck him at the speed of beer. Beer! It was only water, really, with stuff in it. Wasn't it? And most of what was in it was yeast, which was practically a medicine and definitely a food. In fact, when you thought about it beer was only a kind of runny bread, in fact, it'd be better to use some of the beer in the soup! Beer soup! A few brain cells registered their doubt, but the rest of them grabbed them by the collar and said hoarsely, people cooked chicken in wine, didn't they?

It took him some time to hack one end off a tin, but eventually he had it standing in the fire with the chopped-up vegetables floating in the froth. A few more doubts assailed him at this point, but they were elbowed aside, especially when the smell that floated up made his mouth water and he'd opened another tin of beer as a pre-prandial appetizer.

After a while he poked the vegetables with a stick. They were still pretty hard, even though a lot of the beer seemed to have boiled away. Was there something else he hadn't done?

Salt! Yes, that was it! Salt, marvellous stuff. He'd read where you went totally up the pole if you didn't have any salt for a couple of weeks. That was probably why he was feeling so odd at the moment. He fumbled for the salt box and dropped a pinch in the tin.

It was a medicinal herb, salt. Good for wounds, wasn't it? And back in the really old days, hadn't soldiers been paid in salt? Wasn't that where the word salary came from? Must've been good, then. You went on a forced march all week, building your road as you went, then you fought the maddened blue-painted tribesmen of the Vexatii, and you force-marched all the way back home, and on Friday the centurion would turn up with a big sack and say, 'Well done, lads! Here's some salt!'

It was amazing how well his mind was working.

He peered at the salt box again, shrugged, and tipped it all in. When you thought about it like that, salt must really be an amazing food. And he hadn't had any for weeks, so that was probably why his eyesight was acting up and he couldn't feel his legs.

He topped up the beer, too.

He lay back with his head on a rock. Keep out of trouble and don't get involved, that was the important thing. Look at those stars up there, with nothing to do all the time but sit there and shine. No one ever told them what to do, the lucky bastards ...

He woke up shivering. Something horrible had crawled into his mouth, and it was no great relief to find out that it was his tongue. It was chilly, and the horizon suggested dawn.

There was also a pathetic sucking noise.

Some sheep had invaded his camp during the night. One of them was trying to get its mouth around an empty beer tin. It stopped when it saw that he had woken up, and backed away a bit, but not too far, while fixing him with the penetrating gaze of a domesticated animal reminding its domesticator that they had a deal.

His head ached.

There had to be some water somewhere. He lurched to his feet and blinked at the horizon. There were . . . windmills and things, weren't there? He remembered the stricken windmills from yesterday. Well, there was bound to be some water around, no matter what anyone said.

Ye gods, he was thirsty.

His gummed-up gaze fell upon last night's magnificent experiment in cookery. Yeasty vegetable soup, what a wonderful idea. Exactly the sort of idea that sounds really good around one o'clock in the morning when you've had too much to drink.

Now he remembered, with a shudder, some of the great wheezes he'd had on similar occasions. Spaghetti and custard, that'd been a good one. Deep-fried peas, that'd been another triumph. And then there'd been the time when it had seemed a really good idea to eat some flour and yeast and then drink some warm water, because he'd run out of bread and after all that was what the stomach saw, wasn't it? The thing about late-night cookery was that it made sense at the time. It always had some logic behind it. It just wasn't the kind of logic you'd use around midday.

Still, he'd have to eat something and the dark brown goo that half filled the tin was the only available food in this vicinity that didn't have at least six legs. He didn't even think about eating mutton. You couldn't, when it was looking at you so pathetically.

He poked the goo with the stick. It gripped the wood like glue.

'Gerroff!'

A blob eventually came loose. Rincewind tasted it, gingerly. It was just possible that if you mixed yeasty beer and vegetables together you'd get—

No, what you got was salty-tasting beery brown gunk.

Odd, though ... It was kind of horrible, but nevertheless Rincewind found himself having another taste.

Oh, gods. Now he was really thirsty.

He picked up the tin and staggered off towards some trees. That's where you found water ... you looked at where the trees were and, tired or not, you dug down.

It took him half an hour to squash an empty beer tin and use it to dig a hole waist deep. His toes felt damp.

Another half an hour took him to shoulder depth and a pair of wet ankles.

Say what you like – that brown muck was good stuff. You didn't really believe what your mouth said you'd just tasted, so you had some more. Probably full of nourishing vitamins and minerals. Most things you couldn't believe the taste of generally were ...
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Forget Vegemite gimme some of that deep fried chicken in a cardboard box. yummy.
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