We spent most of Saturday curling in bed or on the couch feeling very sorry for ourselves. I not only missed out on Collingwood farmers market, I didn’t end up getting any groceries at all. There was hardly any food in the fridge and it hurt to think too much. I remembered that I read somewhere about vegemite pasta and had wanted to try to make it. I had bacon, the new vegemite (Cheesybite) and spaghetti. I could make it. It sounded like a good hangover dinner.
Vegemite hit the Australian shelves in 1923. It has grown to be one of Australian icons. Vegemite is made from yeast extract. I like to have it on toast or have it with sliced honey dew and drizzle of honey. And at time, I will use it as a flavouring in beef stews. There are so many weird combinations but strangely, it tastes good! A few months ago, they launched a new product – Vegemite with cheese flavour. As part of the PR campaign, Kraft turned to the public to help them name this new product. The new name, iSnack 2.0, was announced and it caused so much bad rap in the media and amongst the public. (Article here) iSnack 2.0 was dumped and a new poll was set up to get the public to vote for another new name and Cheesybite was born. This name itself is now causing new drama. Vegemite may be facing a cheesy battle with Pizza hut as Pizza hut has a very popular trademarked pizza calle Cheesy Bite. It seems that Kraft and Vegemite has become a recent laughing stock and the iconic brand has been tarnished.
Irregardless of what it is called, I do like the new vegemite. It is a little less intense than the original Vegemite and more of course, more cheesy. For those in UK and Asia, the original Vegemite tastes like Marmite. I remember during my last visit back to Singapore, I had a stir-fry chicken with Marmite and it was absolutely delicious. I will have to try and make it one day.
- 250g spaghetti
- 2 slices of bacon diced
- 1 tbsp of new vegemite ( or use original) – Please adjust according to your taste
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- Boil pasta in heavily salted boiling water till almost cook (Reserve 1 cup of pasta water)
- Fry diced bacon with minced garlic in a hot pan till bacon is crispy ( I didn’t add any oil as the bacon was quite fatty)
- Drain pasta and add into bacon mixture. Add the vegemite and some pasta water and stir thoroughly
- Serve hot
There was no need for salt but just a touch of pepper. It had a deep and cheesy flavour. Mister and I thought that it worked as a hangover dinner. It had the oilyness from the bacon, the saltiness from Cheesybite and the carbohydrates from the pasta. I actually don’t mind eating this again and again.
Do you have any weird Vegemite or Marmite combinations to share?