Thanks for all the notes asking if I was over the cruel flu. I am down to those last few days of coughing my socks through my nose but otherwise I’m back to normal. John has been looking after me and he’s done a good job but if I have to look at one more burger or eat one more fast food french fry I’m going to explode.
I got up this morning and said I felt good enough to make the ultimate Australian brekky for John as a thank-you for whacking my back, changing the bed linen every day, doing the cleaning up and laundry and all that fast food or soup from a can. I expected him to say he wanted a big Aussie breakfast of bacon, eggs, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, baked mushrooms and toast but no, that wasn’t it.
“I was thinking about that new Ziggy bbq that Chris and Fran just bought and how about steak and eggs for the ultimate?” he said.
Now I’ve been out of commission for two weeks and I had no idea what a ‘ziggy’ was. Chris and Fran live just next door and they have all the latest gadgets – including the ziggy. I looked over the balcony and couldn’t see it so I looked it up online. It’s the cutest bbq with interchangeable accessories allowing you to cook a stir-fry in the wok, a pizza on a pizza stone, roast meats or poultry, baked goodies and the traditional bbq fare.
I have bbq envy. I’d never heard of Ziegler and Brown, the makers of the Ziggy and its accessories but if Fran likes it, then it’s bound to catch on quickly with foodies everywhere.
I went to the butcher to get the steak and just across the street is BBQs Galore in Kawana and they sell the Ziggy so I just had to stop in. Well. I had a long talk with the manager of the store and he said they had a ‘store ziggy’ that they used to cook lunch or breakfast every day. Yesterday they baked scones in it and today they were doing meatballs. This is the store Ziggy.
I got back home and looked at John and said, “If I make a REALLY good breakfast on our bbq grill, will you buy me one of those nifty Ziggys?” He grinned and said nothing. I don’t have a birthday coming up and our anniversary is well and truly passed so I need to come up with something to celebrate. The one I liked cost around $799 so it’s a bit of an investment but it’s the perfect size for the two of us.
What’s your ultimate breakfast? I think mine would be blueberry pie or maybe waffles or pancakes or a homemade bacon egg and cheese biscuit or maybe my ultimate breakfast is just what’s put in front of me. I don’t think I would have chosen steak and eggs but honestly, this was a perfect brunch.
I marinated the steak for a couple of hours because I wanted to tweak a recipe I’d found online so that meant brunch instead of breakfast. We had eggs, sauteed mushrooms and roasted tomatoes with garlic. The man was happy. It felt SO good to play in the kitchen again!
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup olive oil (any oil will work)
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1½ tablespoons garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried minced onion
- few drops hot pepper sauce (optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz for half a minute or so. Pour over steak and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours but no longer than 8 hours. I marinated our steaks for 2 hours.