Saturday, December 24, 2005

A comfort from the past: Vegemite Soup

One outcome of my journey to and from lapbanding is that I have made some decisions/resolutions to implement even as the New Year progresses. I am having minimal fat - have had nothing cooked in fat for a month so the only fat I eat is that included in food. I have not had any red meat - and that contains a fair bit of fat. So I plan to do without fat and red meat. I have also had no caffeine of any sort for five weeks. For a girl for whom caffeine was the drug of choice this is no mean feat. My favourite method of ingestion of the substance was Pepsi Max and Diet Coke. Now I have that out of my system, I intend to do without. For something cool and sweet there is diet cordial (yeah I know about aspartame). But I have reverted to comfort food from my childhood - Vegemite soup by the cupful. For those of you outside Australia who are not aware of Vegemite as an Australian icon and national food since 1923, Vegemite is a concentrated yeast extract of a black, thick, muddy consistency. It is an acquired taste so Aussies don't hold it against you if you hate it. We acquire our taste as babies when our mums mix it in with our pureed potato and pumpkin. Mums love this too and tend to put on weight eating the leftovers. We have Vegemite soldiers - vegemite spread on thick butter on thick toast cut into strips. For Vegemite soup you put a teaspoon or a dessertspoon (I prefer the dessertspoon) of vegemite in a cup or mug of hot water and stir to dissolve. If it doesn't quite dissolve, when you get to the bottom of your cup there is a nice little bit to scoop out and lick with your spoon. Vegemite is one of the world's richest known sources of Vitamin B. Aussies have always known this but now Kraft skite about it and put it on the label. The calories are low, there is little protein, virtually no carbs, and even less fat. However, if you are on a salt free diet, you had better pass this buy since it is salty. You can read all about this vital part of Australia's heritage here. And don't be surprised if you invite me for a cuppa and I turn up with my bottle of Vege.

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Christmas finery

FootFoot bespangled in his diamonds
Trixie in her Christmas jewels
They wish you a merry christmas,
they wish you a merry chistmas,
they wish you a merry christmas,
and a happy new year.
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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those of goodwill

I wish you all that which the angels breathed at the first Christmas
Peace and Goodwill to one and all
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Sunday, December 18, 2005

To all those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita...

...a happy and blessed Cajun Christmas
Hope you are on your feet soon!

For good cheer, pop over to Refreshment in Refuge
for an hilarious Cajun 12 days of Christmas
and for the Cajun 'Twas the night before Christmas go here.
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Remembering last Christmastide

As we remember the events of last Christmastide
we hope that this Christmastide 2005 brings hope for the future.
God's richest blessings on all survivors of the tsunami.
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