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Thursday, March 31, 2005

EoMEoTE #5: Eggymite--Scrambled eggs with Vegemite

Hot buttered toast with Vegemite?
Or hot buttered toast with scrambled eggs?

Why not do both?!?

When inspiration for this month's End of Month Eggs on Toast Extravaganza struck me, I had visions of soft fluffy egg pillows decorated with beautiful dark brown swirls of salty goodness.



I whisked the eggs with milk and then added half-a-teaspoon of Vegemite. Trying to swirl the solid lump of brewers yeast artistically was more difficult than I had naively envisioned.

Instead of swirls I got a rather brown looking omelette, but taste-wise, this definitely provided sodium satisfaction and a nice contrast of flavours.

To my horror I actually did consider Marmite as a more feasible substitute for swirling with its thin toffee-like consistency, but no, this shall remain a Vegemite-only household thankyouverymuch! =P

For a look at this month's eggs-on-toast interpretations in the global kitchen, check out Jo's wrap-up at The Passionate Cook, the first-ever "eggs-ternal" host of EoMEoTE.

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 3/31/2005 11:59:00 pm


12 Comments:

  • At 4/01/2005 12:55 pm, Blogger SiaoChaBoa said…

    Why not Marmite ..AG..?? Btw.. eggs look good.. :)

     
  • At 4/01/2005 4:56 pm, Blogger Niki said…

    Oooh yum....I like the sound of that! I reckon a bit of cheese as well, and it'd be perfect!

     
  • At 4/01/2005 5:24 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    hey AG
    looks like i miss another EoMEoTE!! Er...I dont think bread (toasted) and butter pudding goes under the EoMEoTE category eh? :p

    Ohh I like vegemite, not on toast though. Actually I like Bovril better but it's beef extract which has a very very similar taste to Vegemite (about 90%). Oh yup,my granny usually swirl vegemite into a bowl of plain congee for us kids to eat whenever we got sick. :)

    You should have topped it with more vegemite! haha. Seriously is Marmite better tasting than vegemite?

     
  • At 4/01/2005 5:42 pm, Blogger Anthony said…

    It's a beautiful dream, will we see it in our lifetime.

    What about Japanese tamagoyaki and instead of sneaking in a layer of nori, a nice spread of vegemite?

    Well done for not yielding to marmite, terrible stuff, apparently made from small children.

     
  • At 4/01/2005 7:01 pm, Blogger Lynn said…

    So how does it taste? I have a tiny bottle of vegemite someone gave to me as souvenir from Oz, and I don't know what to do with it. Do you recommend trying it with scrambled eggs as a first Vegemite experience?

     
  • At 4/01/2005 8:28 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi MrsT - When I lived in London I had to staunchly defend Aussie Vegemite against the local English version, Marmite.

    There are actually two versions of Marmite --one made in New Zealand and one make in the UK but I was specifically referring to the UK-version. I'm a "happy little Vegemite" at heart and always will be =)

    Hi Niki - I did think about that! But I didn't want the egg to feel neglected and outdazzled by another dairy product! =)

    Hi Pinkcocoa - You probably have until the weekend to post. EoMEoTEs are much more chilled affairs =)

    Vegemite and congee is good!

    Nah there was enough Vegemite as there was.

    And NO! Marmite does not taste better than Vegemite! =P (see above at response to MrsT)

    I find English Marmite just has a very runny texture (like thin honey). It's not as strong or as salty as Vegemite and hey, I'm a patriotic Aussie! =)

     
  • At 4/01/2005 9:57 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anthony - The dream will live on. One cannot give up on hope, for without hope, we have no hope...

    Ooh tamagoyaki. What a great idea. Next month on Spiceblog perhaps?

    Yes, I have heard that. As in Ma Might mince you into a breakfast spread if you don't stop bl**dy well jumping up and down in the back seat?

    Hi Lynn - No, to truly appreciate Vegemite one must:
    1. Get a thick slab of white bread
    2. Toast until nicely golden brown
    3. Spread thickly with lots of good quality butter
    4. Spread sparingly with a smattering of Vegemite.

    Most people who complain about Vegemite have tried to ingest too much too quickly. It is food for the gourmand. It must be appreciated in delicate quantities.

    Another popular Aussie adaptation is to have a cheese and Vegemite sandwich. Again go easy on the Vegemite.

    Yes it's very salty. Some people compare it to Bonox (beef stock) but spread thinly with lots of butter it is utter joy for the homesick Aussie backpacker =P

     
  • At 4/02/2005 8:33 am, Blogger Andrew said…

    Ever since returning from a year long stay in Australia I have been a fan of vegimite (still helps if you were a marmite baby though).

    I served scrambled eggs on vegimited toast to an unwelcomed stay-over house guest once. They didnt eat more than a mouthful and left soon after. I guess they were just not a vegimite baby!

     
  • At 4/03/2005 9:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    eeks i've been in sydney for 2 months but havent had the courage to try vegemite yet! especially when friends say "you really should try vegemite" with an evil grin..

    it's more than just salty right, given the extreme reactions people give? besides toast, are there any other ways to eat it with?

    -gwenda

     
  • At 4/03/2005 8:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Marmite rules for me!

     
  • At 4/04/2005 9:46 pm, Blogger imnoi said…

    my personal vegemite favourites require butter, as in, buttered toast with vegemite, buttered toast with vegemite and scrambled eggs and the one i got from the school canteen - buttered vegemite toast with grilled cheese, affectionately known as tiger toast. i have to say tho, that i enjoy vegemite even more when i go away on holidays. vegemite on buttered rice cakes is very good also.

     
  • At 4/04/2005 11:02 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Andrew - Woohoo! A convert!

    Your houseguest's lack of decorum was only further illustrated by your anecdote!

    Hi Gwenda - For people who aren't used to have something savoury on their toast (even most peanut butters have a lot of sugar in them), Vegemite can be a departure from most people's idea of toast topping.

    It's made from leftover brewers yeast (yes, like from beer) and for me it evokes aromas of earthy malty mushrooms.

    As for alternative consumption methods, imnoi has some good ideas below. It definitely works well with cheese as well as buttered rice cakes.

    Go on... it won't kill you. And let me know how you find it...

    Hi Anonymous - There's no accounting for taste =P

    Hi Imnoi - Ooh yes yes yes. To all of the above! And don't forget making Vegemite worms by squeezing your Vita-Wheat crackers together! =)

     

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