Buttered Toast with Kumquat Marmalade
300+ days out of the year my morning starts with an oversized mug of chai tea (unsweetened, I'm weird), and a piping hot bowl of oatmeal lavished with fruit and nuts. The other days? Most involve a leisurely sojourn to my favorite dim sum eatery where deep-fried chicken wings, taro cakes, and dumplings dance before my eyes and into my stomach. But every once in a while I'm faced with a conundrum: time is in short supply (so dim sum is out) but I want to break from routine. On those occasions I start my day the British way: with a mug of milky Earl Grey and a hearty slice of toast slathered with butter or homemade marmalade (here I went for half and half). It certainly makes early mornings worlds more bearable!