It has to be said that the older we get the less going out on a busy Friday or Saturday night appeals. My idea of fun is no longer standing in a crowded bar (if it ever was), at London prices I certainly want a seat, and I do not want to have to shout to be heard, and misunderstand every word spoken to me. Getting home on public transport late on a Friday or Saturday can be quite unpleasant, there is nothing worse than being the only sober one in a crowd who have been drinking. These days Uber softens the journey home, it is all too easy to order one with a few clicks of the smart phone, and then receive the bill up to 6 weeks later.
This is not to say we stay in all the time, we’d just rather go out at the start of the week when more people tend to stay in – presumably recovering from their big weekend – as we are both freelance we have the luxury of working flexible hours and do not have that feeling of over riding relief at escaping the office at 6pm on a Friday.
Whilst central London is crowded we’ll be at home on a Friday or Saturday night – usually with a G&T, or glass of Prosecco, and settle down to some good telly. Goggle Box, Strictly, Dr Who, X Factor, Casualty are all prime evening viewing – as well as catching up from the week before, planned from viewing Goggle Box. Come the winter weekends it is TV suppers and comfort food all the way.
TV suppers need to be super speedy to prepare, or largely hands off so you can put them together, or serve during the ad breaks. Pizza prepared and popped onto a hot stone to bake takes a minute to retrieve from the oven and serve, casseroles and stews cooked in the oven or slow cooker do not have critical timing, and fresh pasta can easily be cooked in 3 mins (the trick is to have the sauce ready, and a kettle full of freshly boiled water). Anything that can be eaten with just a fork is also a bonus.
We usually have our TV suppers on a tray, balanced on a cushion covered with a napkin, however careful you are spillages occur, I’d rather wash a napkin then trousers, sweaters, cushion or sofa covers. I was very impressed with the Ella tray table from Premier Housewares, a tray mounted on a bean bag cushion which offers stability and just enough height to make it very comfortable to eat off. It is also the perfect height to rest an ipad or laptop, and write or craft on, and I can see a Saturday night session of Christmas card writing coming up very soon. The range is decorated with a pretty mix of turquoise and green flowers; stylish and modern, with lovely rich colours. We tried the tray, set of tea towels (used as over sized napkins) and the mugs. Matching coasters, placemats and oven gloves are all also available.
Like all the accessories from Premier they are an affordable way to quickly brighten up your kitchen with some fresh items.
To share the TV dinner love, I have one set of a Ella tray (RRP £14.99), mugs (£13.49) and tea towels (£9.99) to be won by a Fuss Free Flavours reader. For a chance to win follow the instructions below.
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Many thanks to Premier Housewares for this prize and my samples.