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Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Little Vegemites and RAEME

First up I had a couple of questions about VEGEMITE after that AWESOME VIDEO (which still makes me smile and cry at the same time!)  Apparently some of you poor souls don't know what it is!  Aussie kids grow up on VEGEMITE and we all know the vegemite song.   The official website  will tell you that 

VEGEMITE spread is a nutritious and versatile food. Proudly made in Australia, it’s one of the world’s richest known sources of Vitamin B.

VEGEMITE spread is virtually fat-free, with a mere 40kJ in a 5g serve, and is the perfect accompaniment for a wholesome, breakfast, lunch or snack. It’s far more tooth and gum friendly than jams or choc nut spreads, without compromising on taste. In fact, its unique and delicious flavour is what distinguishes the VEGEMITE brand.
VEGEMITE spread contains no artificial colours or flavours, and has absolutely no added sugar. It is suitable for vegetarians, is kosher and halal certified and contains rich sources of thiamine. 25% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of riboflavin and niacin are delivered per serve, as well as 50% of the RDI of folate, or 25% for women of childbearing age.
The B Vitamins in VEGEMITE spread assist in converting carbohydrates, proteins and fats in food into much needed energy and are also important for proper functioning of the nervous system, muscles and brain. Folate aids in producing red cells in the body and niacin helps to maintain healthy skin and a healthy digestive tract.

Here is the bottom line.  Toast just ain't toast without a swipe of butter or margarine and then a thin smear of vegemite.  This was my breakfast this morning - all in a good cause.  Couldn't let it go to waste! 
Let me tell you, when we spent nearly three years living in the States we took a bunch of huge jars of vegemite with me.  I was determined that the boys would not lose the taste for it.  Then I had to find a bread that wasn't too sweet.  American bread is much sweeter than ours.  If you live in the States - I finally found it at Trader Joes!  Still miss that place!  We gave lots of samples of Vegemite to lots of Americans but they just couldn't handle it.  Perhaps their palate is not quite mature enough poor things!

 I actually got to do a bit of sewing tonight.  It is actually for an Aussie hero quilt but I can't share it on that blog til I am ready to post the tutorial with it so you get a sneak peak.  
I have been asked to make a quilt "in RAEME colours or something with the Aussie flag if possible" for a guy who only went to Afghanistan this Monday just gone.  

RAEME stands for Royal Corps of Australian Mechanical and Electrical Engineers I the Army.
  The turtle mascot Belvedere is resting on RAEME colours - the red, royal blue and gold - on his quilt.   
I decided that this was a quilt I could put together fairly quickly and I have been wanting to do a star tutorial for some time for the blog so thought I would kill two birds with one stone (horrible expression really).  I usually don't let myself take requests because I have so much admin to do but this time I thought "why not".  

Here are my stars -the white has been added in to bring in the white from the flag.  I think I will have about six stars on each end , not really sure yet.  This an organic "design" which basically means I am making it up as I go along!  LOL!  Sorry the light is not great - it was very late with I took the pic.
I think when it all goes together it will look quite good and then I will have to decide how to quilt it seeing as there is such a large area of blue, 
or maybe I will ask one of the quilters to do it for me .....not sure yet.
I and thinking of having stars top and bottom of the flag but I need to make more and lay them out before I know for sure.
Busy weekend coming up.  Tomorrow taxi duty during the day intermingled with sewing, baking and a few errands of my own.   Tomorrow night is dinner with the girls for Jacqui's birthday - she is the baby of us - lucky thing!  Sunday I think I am having 9 1/2 for morning tea (the half is 4 months old).  One of the lovely soldiers is bringing his family over so that my boys and a friend of theirs, Jake, can talk to him about joining the army.  I hope they are not all too shy!  I am thinking ANZAC Biscuits, Chocolate Chip and maybe a chocolate caramel slice.  I want enough leftovers to send some home with both the lovely soldier and his family and Jake and his family.

I guess you will see baking photos tomorrow and Sunday.
 Till next time.............happy stitching!


  1. I have to admit that I had never heard of Vegemite either...and as convincing as you sound..I am not sure that I need to try it LOL!!
    Great stars...that will work out well!

  2. That's funny, I was looking at a jar of it in the grocery store the other day....concentrated yeast extract. What the heck is that? When I read that I put it back on the shelf.

  3. I had never heard of Vegemite either.......I'm a pretty bland eater so I don't know if I would like it. This is going to be a wonderful quilt Jan-Maree!

  4. Having lived in New Zealand for a year as a teen, I am well acquainted with Vegemite. My favourite is a thin smear on the toast, under cheese and then grilled under the broiler to lovely and melted. Mousetraps! Fabulous!!!! The are almost even better when cold later in the day.

  5. When I taught 2nd grade, I had a unit on Australia. I had a friend send me some Vegemite and I had my students sample it on toast. I would give anything to have photos of their faces! Priceless. You're right. We just can't handle it here in the states. I think it is an acquired taste!

  6. I am what is known to be a new Australian, even after nearly 30 years and I Loooovvveee Vegemite on toast

  7. Kiwis are happy little vegemite eaters too!. The only down side apparently it has quite a high salt content...but we are still eating it on a daily basis.

  8. HATE the stuff! Blair brought some with him one time after a visit "home" YUCK!! And Marmite (British) hate that too! I think it is a SPROUT thing... either love or hate... KNOW which court I am in !! lol xx.. mind you leaves more for you x

  9. My friend from Australia came for a visit and brought a jar of vegimite for me to taste. OMG it was terrible. I grew up eating peanut butter. I will stick with that.

  10. Yes that's the key for me "a thin smear of vegemite". I love the stuff, but only in small doses. A thick spread of Vegemite gives me a fright!


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