It’s become a bit of a family tradition that whenever we return from a trip away we always follow the holiday with a day at home. It’s an opportunity to deal with the inevitable pile of washing and for me to catch up with some work.
At 7am, as the day stretches ahead with no obligation to meet anyone or be anywhere, it feels like a bit of a luxury. By 1pm we all tend to be tearing our hair out. And by 3pm I often give up completely, shut the laptop, turn off the washing machine, stop shouting at everyone to “LET ME GET ON WITH STUFF I NEED TO DOOOOOO!” and sit on the sofa. If you can’t beat them, join them.
It’s at this point the girls will throw themselves on me and the NLM will breathe a sigh of relief that he has someone to share the toddler mayhem and five year old dramas with. Now, it’s not uncommon on days like today for us all to still be in our PJs at 4pm, as we realise that getting dressed is just one thing on our huge post-holiday To Do list that we simply can’t fit in.
So what do you do when you find yourself on the sofa, in your PJ’s, with a rumbling stomach and a faint feeling of failure at not having ticked off the mountain of chores you had set yourself? You have a family movie afternoon with some sofa tapas, that’s what you do.
Sofa tapas sounds far fancier than it actually is. My five year old calls it “sofa party food” which means, basically, a selection of snacks that we can all tuck into while watching a family film on Netflix (today’s choice: Ratatouille).
For the perfect sofa tapas you need:
- Fresh bread (a sourdough loaf or anything from the bakery section of the supermarket – non of the sliced stuff here)
- Houmous (or your dip of choice – we alternate between houmous and guacamole)
- Carrots and cucumber, sliced (if you’re feeling adventurous you could add sliced red pepper and raw brocolli to the mix)
- Pate on melba toast
- A selection of cold meat-based snacks (the five year old’s choice today was scotch eggs and sausage rolls)
- Popcorn – obviously.
As you can see, it’s a complicated dish requiring hours of patient nurturing. Ahem.
The thing is, whenever we eat like this the girls dive straight in and there’s nothing left on the plate. It’s such a treat to eat in front of the telly, all sharing snack food from the same dish, that they seem to revel in the novelty of it all. It means we actually get to watch at least some of the film, and I feel like the day hasn’t been a total failure after all.
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