The Great Vegemite Scavenger Hunt & Shabbat Reflections [RECIPE]
Good Evening Friends!
Shabbat Shalom and Good Shabbos to those celebrating. Today I went on a whirlwind adventure to find the elusive Vegemite. For those unfamiliar to Vegemite, it is a common condiment found in Australia that is yeast extract. Now, Vegemite isn’t black truffles. It is foie gras, so I figured that if I went to the fancy grocery store in town I would easily find the little yellow jar on the shelf of the “International” aisle. No such luck. So, I asked a nice gentleman who worked at the store if they had it in stock. He whipped out his cell phone suddenly and said, “Siri, show me Vegemite”. I stood there blinking. “Oh! I think I’ve seen that before!” his voice boomed. My heart lifted with high hopes. “Yeah, we don’t have that” he said a moment later. My shoulders sunk.
I was on the hunt for Vegemite after reading about how to make a proper Vegemite Sandwich. I’m not one to recoil at a foreign condiment, so I began my extensive search for this Aussie spread. After failing at the upscale grocery store, I walked back down the international aisle once more, flustered at what to do. I wanted to try this sandwich and share it with all of you! I stood in front of the U.K. section of the aisle and sighed. (Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a GIANT British fan-girl). So, when my eyes caught sight of an enormous tin of custard creams on the top shelf, I reached for them and smiled feeling better again. I hadn’t found Vegemite, but I did find a new tea snack!
The man found me again and pointed me towards my regular grocery store insisting that Trader Joe’s had it in stock. “Wow, I didn’t know that!” I said and hurried off to store number 2. I asked another store clerk if they had Vegemite in stock. “No…” he said slowly and looked at me, “Vegemite? Are you Australian?”. (I don’t sound Aussie at all). “Um, nope” I smiled politely and hurried off to my car. After failing in store number two I began to lose hope. Marching back to the car I rattled my brains once again before making a last ditch effort to seek out Vegemite at the one store that usually carries products from all around the world: World Market. The store was out of the way, and I rarely shop there because it is expensive and alluring all at the same time. For a California, crunchy, hippie-mama like myself…. the Buddha-clad, yoga-esque warehouse is my kind of playground. They also carry an extensive line of international snacks and spreads from every corner of the earth….. including Vegemite! Yes!! I had found it!!!
Finally, we made our way home with bits and bobs and snacks a plenty. So now, without further delay, let’s look at today’s recipe. 🙂
Given that it’s Friday night and the start of Shabbat (or the day of rest) this sandwich is the perfect meal to slow down. We all need a meal here and there where we can come into the kitchen, pull something tasty together in 5 minutes, and just unwind. Whether or not you observe shabbos, I encourage you to carve out time to rest and take time to nourish yourself: body, mind, and spirit. Take time to remember the things that make you happy, and do them. Focus on a hobby, or make space for spending time with your loved ones. Even G-d rested on the 7th day, and so should you. 😉
This sandwich recipe is simple, but packed with gentle flavors. Toast gets elevated with a hint of yeast in the Vegemite. We loaded our sandwich with two slices of Swiss cheese, butter lettuce, and sliced tomato. And it was a sandwich worthy of sharing with you. I hope you give this “sandwich down under” a try, and let me know what you think. Have a beautiful, relaxing night everyone. Stay tuned for more recipes. And until next time, keep on cooking! ❤
Makes: 1 sandwich
- 2 slices of your favorite bread
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon Vegemite
- 2 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 handful lettuce, chopped
- 2 tomato slices
- Toast the bread and butter both sides while warm. Then spread on a little Vegemite on each side.
- To assemble: place two slices of Swiss cheese on one side. Next, place shredded lettuce on top. Finally, place two slices of tomato on the sandwich and close with the top of the bread. Cut and serve.
- Chow down! You’ve earned it! ❤