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DottyG

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Re: The Care Package... and "the line".
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2007, 02:06:05 PM »
And would somebody please explain Marmite and Vegemite?

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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2007, 04:40:35 PM »
I send my SO a care package every week and I will admit I have never sent a single stalk of broccoli or other healthy food.  For that, he has a grocery store.  Cookies, M&Ms, tea biscuits, cheese straws, chocolates, snack-cakes, fiddle faddle, poppycock and fake snow, yes.  Carrots, no.  One might assume that we are both dying of malnutrition, if one made the ridiculous assumption in the OP.  The point of a care package is to treat someone.

And all the marmite/vegemite discussions these last few days are killing me people - killing me.   Not a lot of marmite floating around in southern Wyoming these days.

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« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2007, 04:47:30 PM »
As if fresh produce travels well.  And, if I'm not mistaken, many things like that (produce, plants, etc.) you're not allowed to ship internationally?  Or am I making that up?

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« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2007, 05:00:11 PM »
We Aussies need vegemite. You can get it in the UK but anywhere else is difficult. Marmite isn't the same though close, it's way too sweet. When my parents lived in the UK I had to send them violet crumbles and chicken twisties, they missed them  :D Mmmm violet crumbles....

Mmm, I love both Marmite and Vegemite.

Violet crumbles, on the other hand, were a disappointment. Not because there's anything wrong with them, but because my favourite chocolates are violet creams and I was severely annoyed to discover they're not remotely violet-flavoured.

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« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2007, 05:08:13 PM »
As if fresh produce travels well.  And, if I'm not mistaken, many things like that (produce, plants, etc.) you're not allowed to ship internationally?  Or am I making that up?

No, you are not.  Live plants, including parts of plants, can carry pests that could devestate crops in another country, i.e. Mediteranian fruit flies.  You aren't even supposed to carry fruit off of the airplane.

And as a gardener who has to deal with imported pests like Japanese beetles and gypsy moths, I don't mind a bit.

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« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2007, 06:47:25 PM »
There's always that one person who has to rain on everybody's parade.

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« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2007, 07:22:59 PM »
My cousins live in the states (moved there a couple of years ago) and there are certain things they just can't get there that Canada has. Particularly licorice pipes and Aero bars!

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Re: The Care Package... and "the line".
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2007, 08:50:43 PM »
My cousins live in the states (moved there a couple of years ago) and there are certain things they just can't get there that Canada has. Particularly licorice pipes and Aero bars!

Seriously? No Aero bars? I thought most chocolates were universal in the Western world.  Bitterly disillusioned  :P


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« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2007, 08:52:00 PM »
No, you are not.  Live plants, including parts of plants, can carry pests that could devestate crops in another country, i.e. Mediteranian fruit flies.  You aren't even supposed to carry fruit off of the airplane.
These days you aren't even allowed to carry fruit on the plane.  Even if you plan to eat it before you land.  It's a bummer for those of us who prefer to pack our own food instead of paying for crappy airline food and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables.

I checked with the agricultural screeners on my way back through the airport (having arrived home) to see what they do with all the fruit they confiscate.  I asked if I could have some of the apples for my horse.  They said their rules require them to throw it all away.  All that perfectly good fruit!

These unreasonable rules (as opposed to reasonable rules for safety) create problems.  For awhile they wouldn't let you take a lighter on the plane, so they confiscated thousands of lighters.  Get enough lighters in one place & you have a hazardous waste disposal problem.  I thought they should put the bin full of confiscated lighters next to the route off the plane so the smokers could pick up a lighter since they all had to surrender theirs before they got on the plane.
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« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2007, 09:28:07 PM »
This is gonna sound really bad, but us Aussies love it: Vegemite is a yeast extract, originally the left-overs from brewing beer.  It is full of Vitamin B12, very very very salty and definitely an acquired taste.  Marmite is (I think) the UK Version, which is sweeter and IMO not as nice (!)  They are both spreads, used mainly on toast and bread, although my brother puts it on Weetbix.  I usually have it on toast with cheese.

Chicken twisties are a snack food (they also come in cheese flavour).  They are vaguely similar in material to Cheetos, but are all long and twisty (hence the name ;)).

Violet Crumble is a brand name of candy bar - it is a long piece of honeycomb covered in chocolate.  Yes, it tastes twice as good as it sounds! ;D

Now I need snacks!

Oh...my...goodness...

That sounds like the best candy bar in existence! I love to eat plain honeycomb, but this sounds even better. Send me some please? :-*

And the chicken twisties...they're like...chicken-flavored Cheetos? Interesting.


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« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2007, 10:03:19 PM »
I hate those evil rules. My parents were in Ukraine recently and all I wanted was for them to bring back some salo but nooo you can't carry on any meats.

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« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2007, 10:20:06 PM »
I love Vegemite and Marmite!! Guess its something you have to grow up on like most Aussie kids do,but its no biggie really,and not disgusting at all. Instead of a sweet spread like jam,honey etc they are a savory spread.

Vegemite tastes the best on crumpets with the butter all warm and melted,and the vegemite also gets a change to 'melt'into the wholes! Yummy for breakfast or a cold winters night snack*S*

Marmite is best on a fresh loaf of Vienna bread with butter.

Chicken(or Cheese)Twisites are like Cheesy Puffs chips

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« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2007, 10:32:15 PM »
Marmite and Vegemite are basically the same thing (wait WAIT before you all get upset!) but Marmite was invented in Britain but during WWI the supply to NZ got cut of so we made our own! It has differing amounts of ingredients (and is higher in potassium and B12) but otherwise pretty much the same.
Vegemite was invented in Australia in 1923 and is now owned by Kraft (US company). It is VERY popoular in Australia! It is made from the same stuff (brewers years) as Marmite but is not as strongly flavoured.

To truly appreciate the taste, it is best (IMHO) spread sparingly on hot buttered toast. Also good on cheese sandwiches. The key is to use a small-ish amount until you have aquiried and taste for it.

Personally I am a Marmite girl myself... As for Violet Crumbles, they are pretty much the same as a Cadbury Crunchie... the only thing violet about the Violet crumble is the wrapping!

As for the OP, go on you for thinking of yum things to send in a care package! I'd be devestated to get a care package with sprouts in! Euugghh (sorry, don't like sprouts!)

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« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2007, 11:29:38 PM »
Oh...my...goodness...

That sounds like the best candy bar in existence! I love to eat plain honeycomb, but this sounds even better. Send me some please? :-*

And the chicken twisties...they're like...chicken-flavored Cheetos? Interesting.

I send the violet crumbles to some Danish and Finnish friends regularly - they got hooked while here on exchange!  I cannot guarantee that at their end they taste any good (postal service is not always reliable), but they haven't asked me to stop!  Customs/Quarantine has never mentioned anything, so I figure they are okay to send.  Some specialist candy stores in US stock them, but it has been a while (and I was very little) so I don't remember who they were :(

IMO, Vegemite is stronger than Marmite, but maybe it's just because Marmite is sweeter and I have a sweet tooth! ;D

For a while here we also had Parwill, as a competitor, but didn't last long.  Marmite but Parwill  ::)

Violet crumble honeycomb tends to be very dense, whereas Crunchie is airier (?).  I prefer the Crunchie!

Clearbrite - thanks for the crumpet reference; now I need some!!
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Re: The Care Package... and "the line".
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2007, 12:00:41 AM »
Yep, I prefer Crunchie's too! I went looking for one after reading this but there weren't any inthe vendng machine...  :(

I've also heard that Marmite can be dissolved in boiling water for a hot drink (like Bovril) - BLECH! I love Marmite but NO WAY.  :-X
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