Saturday, February 27, 2010

He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich...*

Now for some weird Britishish food. Vegemite, Marmite, and Bovril. Honestly, I can't really taste the difference between Vegemite and Marmite, but both are full of b12 goodness. The Bovril is the drink version. It's kind of like Marmite bullion. Surprisingly tasty. Gluten-free toast with "mite." Vegemite on the left; Marmite on the right. The consistency is a little different, and I'm sure there's some subtle taste difference, but I can't tell them apart. It may look like chocolate nutella or something, but I assure you this salty, yeasty topping does not resemble chocolate in taste. The Bread is Ener G gluten free, dairy free bread. It has a shelf life of about 6 months. I would have used it earlier, but I was kind of fascinated to see how long it would last. The special packaging is the "preservative" and you don't have to keep it in the freezer like other gluten free breads I've seen. The packaging got puffier the longer it sat around. For gluten-free bread, this isn't half bad. It tastes a little healthy, but otherwise is good. Here's some snowy photos of my neighborhood.Big tree that decided to lose a few branches in my yard.This is the footbridge I take on my walk to the train. It's much scarier at night when you think the Headless Horseman might be galloping up behind you. I live in Sleepy Hollow, so don't think that couldn't happen. OK, Headless Horseman aside, here's some actual danger. Just past the bridge there was a downed tree fallen on a power line completely blocking the road for anyone downhill from it. I just kind of walked around it to get home. The snow was pretty, but knocked out my cable for a couple of days. Cable is back on now, so I've got to go catch up on some Buffy I DVRed.
Buffy is on Logo -they're at the beginning of season 3. Apparently it's on MTV also. Buffy season 8 volume 6 comic is out next month. Even if comics aren't your medium of choice, if you're a Buffy fan, I highly recommend checking them out. It starts where the show ends. My mom is reading them now.*For anyone who didn't live through the 80's, the title "He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich" is part of the lyrics to "Down Under" by Men at Work. I had no idea what a Vegemite sandwich was until many years later. I once named our corporate volleyball team "Vegemite Slamwich." It won an award.

8 comments:

Laura Jill said...

I <3 Buffy, too! I have the boxed set, and, of course, the comics!!!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Your snow looks like our snow right now.

Ive never even heard of bovril!

Watch out for the Headless Horsemen!

DJ Karma said...

I still don't know what vegemite is! But I do love that song. Your snow scenes are beautiful, but I am glad it's not that cold here in Cali, and there's now a hint of green and spring blossoms.

Amanda said...

Great post--I was staring at a container of vegemite the other day and wondering what the heck I would do with it. You cleared some of that up and more! Ohhh..Buffy..Season 8..love it.

Karene said...

Best sandwich ever!!!!! Try a grilled cheese sandwich with Vegemite...spread a proper amount on one slice of bread then two slices of Tofutti American cheese, some more bread, some margerine, fry and enjoy! It is pretty much the only time I will eat vegan cheese :-)

veganefcliz said...

Isn't Bovril made of beef? They stopped putting it in for a short while but ended up giving up and putting it back in. Marmite though, is all sorts of wonderful.

Jenn said...

Yikes, Liz. You had me totally running to the pantry to check the ingredients. I got this at a British store in the US, so maybe I have the middle version. It says "suitable for vegetarians" right on the package and there's no beef in the ingredients. I did think the name sound rather bovine, but otherwise was just a slightly more liquidy marmite. I'll definitely check the ingredients before I buy it again. Cheers!

veganefcliz said...

Lucky you!!! They sell it as a hot drink at football games, and I used to love it. I never dared try it when they made it veggie though because I didn't trust how old their stock was, and it had beef in it again before I knew it.

Another one to try is Vecon. I have a jar in my cupboard which was donated but I've been too afraid to try it.