Monthly Archives: September 2012

A toast to the man who invented Vegemite

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“More jars of Vegemite are sold each year than there are men, women and children in the entire country. But most would struggle to name the man who invented it.”

Jamie Callister, the author of The Man who Invented Vegemite, has a point. Many Australians remember the advertising slogan “happy little Vegemite” and the iconic radio jingle that first played in 1954. They can hum along to the Men at Work hit song of 1982, Down Under, with its reference to a Vegemite sandwich. They can pick out the bright yellow lid and labelling of the black, sticky spread from the far end of a supermarket aisle, and are likely to know it’s rich in vitamin B.
But unlike Vegemite itself, Cyril Percy Callister – a humble chemist from country Victoria who created the spread – isn’t a household name. Read the full article here.


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Top food finds of Five Dock


Nam Viet Hot Bread in Five Dock

The food adventurer in me means i’ve been slightly preoccupied by a recent house move to the Sydney suburb of Rodd Point. Wallpapering, floorboard sanding, painting and decorating have taken a back seat as I’ve scoured the new neighbourhood for good food finds. So far i’ve found five, just a few minutes walk away in the Italian pocket of Five Dock. It’s a bit of a multicultural line-up.      Continue reading


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The Little Veggie Patch Co’s Guide to Backyard Farming: review


You don’t have to be a green thumb or a veggie garden geek to put The Little Veggie Patch Co’s Guide to Backyard Farming to good use. The authors, Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember (referred to hereon as the Veggie Boys), explain the intricacies of backyard edible gardening step-by-step, month-by-month. Continue reading


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