January 28, 2015

Aussie ~ Aussie ~ Aussie … Oi ~ Oi ~ Oi – Australia Day Recipe

Aussie ~ Aussie ~ Aussie … Oi ~ Oi ~ Oi - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

So, turns out, this little Aussie is crazy patriotic. I thought it was only when I travelled I become one of those loyal, nationalistic, hand over heart loons. When I cross the pond to foreign lands, hearing songs like Khe Sanh, finding Fosters on tap at the pub (tis rubbish beer in my humble opinion) or a tub of Vegemite (no judgement if you don’t dig it… but consider yourself out of my will! #kidding) that you’d find me tearing up.

But nope, its an always thing. I get a little misty and choked up by the first verse of our national anthem, but struggle to remember the second, I have been known to wear my Ugg boots outside the house, believe beetroot belongs on a hamburger, have a bunch of bogan mates, think its hilarious that Americans call their butts a fanny, and ‘root’ for their favourite sporting teams, and can translate: “Wazza and Dazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas”.

Yep, I heart Australia, and I think it is one of the most awesome, diverse and amazing countries in the world.

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So Monday was Straya (Aussie or Australia) Day! For me, that pretty much means – SCORE …. Another long weekend! Time to get my cook on, my beer on and super relax on. I decided Vegemite Spaghetti should feature; cheers Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella for the inspiration (don’t knock it till you try it!!!). This sparked a rather interesting convo with me Ma. Apparently, generations of my family have been crushing on Vegemite and using it in the most peculiar of ways. Word is, my Grans trick to get the kids to eat vegetables involved Chayote (aka Cho cko) cooked in a buttery Vegemite mixture. Just saying, I was not one of those kids. Ewwwh!

Anna & her Giant Australian Thong

Vegemite Spaghetti – Recipe adapted from Not Quite Nigella

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:  15 minutes

  • 375 grams spaghetti (or other pasta)
  • 80 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Vegemite (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 onion finely sliced
  • 6 large button mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • Splash of cream to finish (optional)
  • Handful of chopped parsley
  • Freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese (to serve)

Step 1: Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water, according to the instructions on the packet.

Step 2: When the pasta is almost cooked, melt the butter in a saucepan, saute the onion and mushrooms until golden brown, add the Vegemite and 1 tablespoon of the pasta water, mixing until dissolved. Drain the pasta and pour the Vegemite mixture over spaghetti, adding a splash of cream or some of the reserved pasta water to combine. Serve with plenty of grated or shaved Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of parsley or herb of choice.

Step 3: Plate up – do it…. and do it good!

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I’d love to know, do you dig Vegemite? And have any weird foods or recipes become famous in your household? If yes, do tell….

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Liz (Good Things) - January 25, 2016 Reply

Happy Australia Day, lovely xx

    Anna - January 25, 2016 Reply

    And to you lovely Lizzy! BIG HUGS! xoxo

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Norma Chang - February 5, 2015 Reply

Never had Vegemite but if I ever have the opportunity to visit Australia I will definitely try it.

    Anna - February 5, 2015 Reply

    It really is an acquired taste Norma, but if you are in Oz, one of those foods you should try. 🙂

Bam's Kitchen - February 5, 2015 Reply

Happy belated Auzzie Day! I know I would love anything you ever made for me, Chef Anna but this one might be a difficult challenge for you to get me to try once again. The Vegemite… maybe one day I might warm up to it.. You never know… Take care. BAM

    Anna - February 5, 2015 Reply

    Thanks sweets, it was a cracker long weekend. 🙂
    Teehee…. Challenge excepted BAM. I reckon I could make this dish with just the right amount of Vegemite.

Dedy@Dentist Chef - February 4, 2015 Reply

Simply damn delicious pasta…
I hope i’ll gonna visit australia asap!

    Anna - February 4, 2015 Reply

    It’s a cracker Dedy! 🙂
    And yes, I hope you visit Australia too, I wanna hang out in the kitchen with you and learn some of your amazing skills. 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - February 4, 2015 Reply

Aww…we give back the chant!!! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - February 4, 2015 Reply

    Teehee! Its a classic. 🙂

Sue Slaght - February 3, 2015 Reply

Anna I have never tasted vegemite but we are talking about a trip to Australia in 2016. Perhaps i will get my chance to test it our then. 🙂

    Anna - February 3, 2015 Reply

    Annnnnnnd…. let me know when you guys will be down under too. I shall cook you an Aussie feast. 🙂

Raymund - February 3, 2015 Reply

Now I got to try this, I never loved Marmite but my colleague let me try Vegemite in toast with butter and I immediately loved it, now I need to level up an try it i pasta.

    Anna - February 3, 2015 Reply

    Yes, you totally must try the Vegemite spaghetti Raymund, its delicious, a taste explosion. Totes delicious it is. 🙂 Please do let me know what you think of it.

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner - February 3, 2015 Reply

I love seeing your photos! Wahoo for patriotism!!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - January 31, 2015 Reply

I would love to visit Australia someday. Especially now, that it’s so cold here in NY! Jealous that you are getting to enjoy some warm weather.

    Anna - January 31, 2015 Reply

    That would be amazing, hopefully you get down under sometime soon. Haha… it’s not cold like what you guys are experiencing, but it is the coldest January we have had in 15 years. Had to dig out the winter warmies this week. LOL!

Choc Chip Uru - January 30, 2015 Reply

Obviously your straya day was pretty fabulous! That vegemite spaghetti is the way to go, I love it 😀
Hope your weekend was full of aussie ois! 😛

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - January 31, 2015 Reply

    Teehee, yesss, it was a Straya day filled with lots of oi’s and Aussie-Aussie-Aussies. LOL! I am impressed you dig the vegemite lady! 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - January 29, 2015 Reply

Thank you gorgeous Anna for the shoutout and isn’t Vegemite spaghetti great (and yes it’s from Nigella who used Marmite)! And look at you in your Australia bikini you hottie! I’m the same about Australia, I think we live in an amazing country-we are so lucky 😀 xxx
P.S. Ok the next meal in is going to be this. Thanks for reminding me!!

    Anna - January 30, 2015 Reply

    Vegemite spaghetti is the business, it features regularly in my household… Soooo GOOD! 🙂
    Haha, thanks Lorraine, you are very sweet. xo
    Hand over heart reading your comment, yes, we live in one heck of an amazing country. Hope you had a rippa Straya Day, and that you enjoy that long overdue bowl of goodness. 🙂

Krista - January 29, 2015 Reply

You are so darn cute, you patriotic lass, you! 🙂 I love your love for your country. It is a treasure of a place to me too and I’m so hugely, HUGELY thankful to get to stay here. 🙂 I’m simply got to try Vegemite spaghetti now. I just bought a big new jar, so I have no excuse. 🙂

    Anna - January 30, 2015 Reply

    Haha! I really had no clue I was that patriotic until I was writing this post, I found myself tearing up over an old Qantas commercial. Ha! Heck yes, it is awesomely cool and amazing that you are now an Aussie, we are lucky to have you here. xoxo
    And yes, def get on trying the vegemite spaghetti lady, it’d the business. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - January 29, 2015 Reply

I have never tried Vegemite despite visiting Australia on numerous occasions. I will have to get my sister to send me some 🙂

    Anna - January 30, 2015 Reply

    Well when you do Tandy, be sure to go light on at first, don’t want you blowing your tastebuds out. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - January 29, 2015 Reply

And how Americans call g-strings, ‘thongs’. I’m loving your super-sized thong. Happy Straya Day to you, Anna. Ours was a washout and I’m sure that’s the first one ever. I do love the look of your patriotic pasta and I do remember this on Lorraine’s blog. My mother used to give me vegemite broth to drink – it was vile! xx

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    YES, Americans are so amusing. When I worked at Summer camp years ago, I found myself in stitches often when they sang songs about beavers. So wrong! My super sized thong features often over the summer, perfect for catching rays in the backyard. 🙂
    NQN is amaze, many of her recipes feature in my weekly eats.
    And you are not the first person to say you drink the Vegemite. I was leaning towards vile too Charlie, but I shouldn’t knock it until I try it. 🙂

My Inner Chick - January 29, 2015 Reply

–the pasta looks FAB.
Love the photos!
Australia must be unbelievable!! xxxxx

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    It’s delicious Kim! Simple and quick to prepare too.
    And yes, Australia is freakin amaze. When you coming for a visit? 🙂

cityhippyfarmgirl - January 29, 2015 Reply

You crack me up girl 🙂
No Vegemite pasta for me yet, but I do rock a Vegemite jar like nobody’s business. I once heard it described as a melted bin liner bag…still makes me chuckle. Seems I like bin liners.

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    Teehee! Glad you got a giggle, when I was checking all the links worked, I seriously found myself tearing up with Australian pride. 🙂
    What? Well that sure is an interesting description, but….. I enjoy a bin liner very much also. Delicious!

Elizabeth - January 29, 2015 Reply

I can’t wait to try Vegemite spaghetti and don’t you just love NQN she always comes up with the best recipes. I love Vegemite and avocado on toast… does that count as weird? I eat peanut butter (crunchy only) with Apricot Jam. The only way I eat celery raw is with peanut butter (crunch only) will pretty much eat mashed potato with anything even cold on toast for breakie… as long as there is a bit of gravy! 🙂 I think that is enough weirdness for one morning!
Liz xx

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    Let me know what ya think of the Vegemite spaghetti Liz. 🙂
    And yes, NQN recipes feature often in my house, especially this one. Think she found it via Nigella who used Marmite. Bleh!
    Vegemite w/ Avocado on toast is the business, and peanut butter with jam works a treat too. Celery is certainly enhanced by the addition of peanut butter, but can eat it on its own, don’t much fancy it cooked tho. Your mashed spud on toast is just plain weird, especially with the gravy. Ewwwh! Haha. 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - January 29, 2015 Reply

Sounds like a fun, fun, fun weekend… : )

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    It was a lovely weekend Liz! 🙂
    Very relaxing and tasty too.
    Hope you are feeling a bunch better.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - January 29, 2015 Reply

Oh, yes to vegemite – even though I am Kiwi I grew up with vegemite and I would never look at marmite. Ok wait for vegemite drink place a teaspoon of vegemite and pour over boiling water – my mother considered this great for dieting – it is delicious and strangely satisfying:)

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    Holy Hubcaps woman, you really are a true Vegemite fan drinking the stuff. 🙂 Delicious and strangely satisfying you say. WoW! Will have a crack and let ya know how it goes.

The Squishy Monster - January 29, 2015 Reply

Ya know, I’ve never had vegemite! Your pasta looks delicious though!

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    If you try this recipe Squishy, go super light on the Vegemite, OK?! 🙂 Don’t want you blowing your taste buds.

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - January 29, 2015 Reply

Australia is one of the countries that I would love to visit one day. USA economic crisis has been awful. I wish my husband would consider to move to Australia. I bet a doctor in Australia earns more than in the US nowadays. Australia is also a gorgeous, diverse country.
Your spaghetti looks delish! Since you asked, I am the queen of the weird foods. My philosophy is ” no trying, neither learning nor growing”… Beans with pineapple or bananas, pasta with beans, avocado with sugar are some of the crazy thing that I eat and love. 🙂

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    More than happy to help you pull together a ‘Let’s move to Australia’ campaign. I have no clue about the wages for doctors, but I sure can vouch for the pretty beaches, mountains and even desserts. We do have it all, and heck yeah it is gorgeous. 🙂
    Beans with pineapple, like green beans? Hmmm… I’d try that. Avocado with sugar, not too sure about that combo. But, hey, you never know if ya never … try, right?!

Mandy - January 29, 2015 Reply

Happy Straya Day dear sweet Anna. So not fair that we don’t get Vegemite here – I will have to try a Bovril version as I don’t do Marmite, although mom tells me I will love it with pasta.
Have a beautiful happy day friend.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - January 29, 2015 Reply

    Mandy, you really are one of the coolest gals I know. I love that you are a Vegemite fan. I’ll be sure to pack a tub when I visit in Oct. 🙂
    Your Momma is right, it really works with pasta, especially delicious with the cheese and a splash of cream. Mmmm!
    Happy weekend to you darlin girl. Hugs!

Alice - January 28, 2015 Reply

Happy Straya Day Anna! I love Vegemite spaghetti & all it’s cheesy (mitey) goodness. Hope it was an epic long weekend and cheers for more celebrations ahead!!! 😉

    Anna - January 28, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Mate! 🙂
    It’s flamin’ delicious huh? I love that it takes only a few minutes and you get to eat a bowl of yarm!
    Great long weekend had indeed, not even the cooler weather put a dampener on catching some rays with a brew.
    Hope you guys are well and all set for your adventures to the Berra. xo

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