Monday, September 19, 2011

Suspicious Item Vegemite and Tarte Infiniment Café

Peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Food Diary (September 19, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plum, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Dinner: Roasted parsnip with onion omelet

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Tarte Infiniment Café

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Source: BBC
Upon arrival at New York airport Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd almost got into trouble for carrying a suspicious item – and the suspicious item was none other than his breakfast staple. Vegemite, or the British equivalent marmite, does not smell or look like something one would voluntarily have for breakfast. Made from yeast extract it is certainly an acquired taste, loved by not so many people, myself included.

Minister Rudd managed to solicit help from local diplomats and he was allowed to keep it. Others with less connections may not be so lucky, they have to forgo vegemite during their stay in the US.

Such incidents are good for Vegemite, it would drive up sales as many Americans would be curious to see what the fuss is all about, and quite likely most of them would throw it away after opening it. It is amazing how our tastes differ so much, and how we manage to acquire different tastes.

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  1. Ha ha a very acquired taste, I have a tube hiding somewhere in my pantry. But come on custom officers....give it a break.

  2. I don't mind Vegemite from time to time, generally when I'm craving salt. And rather than having it plain, I spread it on my toast, top with a slice of cheddar and thick slices of fresh vine ripened tomato. A sprinkling of pepper and the taste is much less offensive!

  3. Vegemite, Marmite, Waterbury's Compound .... ek, what a traumatic childhood I had, not forgetting stolen semolina cookies :D I think that says it all about vegemite. It could be one of those things that some chef took a 5 minute nap and forgot about too.

  4. It's so funny that he would travel with Vegemite! I always associate it with kids' food, probably because it's always drizzled over porridge when I was a kid! I prefer the real beef thing - Bovril! ;)

  5. The only thing better than a peanut butter honey sandwich is a peanut butter maple syrup sandwich :)

  6. I also love Marmite and I suppose I would adore vegemite too. I thought one was allowed to carry small containers of any food or liquid...
    This way I was able to give tiny jars of my jams or other preserves to some of my friends who came for the weekend with a cabin luggage only. I see that US restrictions are... stricter.
    I can very well imagine myself carrying small tubs of gochujang and miso ;-) if I were going to a country where these are not available. (I often do this, but until know it's during my car travels)

  7. Bleh. They should have taken it from him.

    And burned it.

  8. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches looks good!

  9. I'm surprised they hadn't heard of Vegemite-it's sort of like Marmite in concept!

  10. LOVE that story about Vegemite! I'm a marmite fan myself, my American husband says it's child abuse to feed it to my children!

  11. Cheap Ethnic Eatz: a tube hiding – don’t worry customs won’t come and search your house!

    Martyna: in that way the taste is quite disguised:)

    ping: don’t know about Waterbury's Compound. What about being forced fed semolina durian cookies smothered in vegemite:) In this case the chef probably took a 5 day nap!

    Lifeisfull: example, he must really love vegemite to travel with it. Maybe you are referring to something else – its not possible to drizzle vegemite, it’s a thick paste. Maybe you are talking about molasses?

    Hannah: never tried that but take your word for it

    Sissi: Yes we can carry any food but this one is no ordinary food – it was viewed suspiciously. Most people don’t find that it looks, smells or tastes delicious therefore its not edible! I guess gochujang and miso is more common and easier to convince customs that its food:)

    Parsley Sage: or they should have force fed him large amounts!

    Sonia: thank you!

    Lorraine: now they are becoming familiar

    Mary: feed your children a small amount on a regular basis and they will acquire the taste!

  12. True. I've heard of Vegemite but have never been curious till now to try it. Hmm...

  13. I have never seen or had vegemite before...the sandwich sounds really nutritious.

  14. The vegemite sandwich is a very popular Austrial snack, from what I know about it, but that chocolate tart is to "die for"...could even be the best recipe, and not just the best photo, if only they had a TRANSLATE option on their blog. I understand 4 languages...sorry to say, Serbian is not one of them:((
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. I never liked vegemite or even marmite, I feel they are the ones that solidify under the soy sauce bottles :)

  16. pb and honey is my favorite combo. adding a banana in there.... heaven!