So instead, I've focused on perfecting simple dishes. I am pleased to announce my latest accomplishment: Hot Buttered Toast And A Cup Of Tea.
You will need:
for the toast
two slices of Bread
a Small Plate
for the tea
Milk and Sugar if you want them
In addition you will require a fridge (or other means of keeping perishable dairy items chilled), a toaster (or other means of toasting bread) and a kettle (or other means of making water boiling hot). And an appropriate power source for these pieces of equipment, although possibly this is getting a little extreme for the planning...
Step One: Make the tea. While I acknowledge and respect the many regional variations on this theme, I tend to go for swilling a bit of hot water around the cup, chucking the water out, then dropping a teabag and two teaspoons of sugar into the cup before almost-filling it with hot water. Give it a stir, let it brew for a minute, then remove the teabag and add a splash of milk. One last stir, and it's done.
Top Tip: throw the water away down the sink, and throw the teabag away into the bin. The other way around doesn't work so well.
Step two: Prepare the butter. Now this is what's usually the problem. Leave butter out of the fridge, it doesn't keep properly, keep it in the fridge, it's rock solid. So what you do is:
- Remove the butter from the fridge. Put the milk back in, while you're at it. Neatness is a virtue.
- Using the butterknife, cut two slices of butter from the block, each about 2mm or 3mm thick.
- Place the slices of butter on the sideplate.
and then the trick at the crux of the whole procedure:
- Balance the plate on top of the hot cup of tea.
Leave it there for a couple of minutes while toasting your bread. This will be sufficient to warm the butter (so that it's spreadable but not melting) and also to warm the plate (so that your hot toast doesn't become cold toast after being on the plate for ten seconds).
When the toast is done, remove the plate from the top of the cup. Use the butterknife to transfer one warm pat of butter to each slice of toast, and spread. Cut the toast into your preferred shape.
Eat. Drink. Be happy. Leave the marinades to the experts.