Sometimes this results in the teetering, sauce covered spoon, falling to the floor - usually in slow motion as I look on helplessly.
My local Hackspace (Hitchin Hackspace, Herts UK) received a load of Sugru recently, which inspired me to come up with a solution for my occasionally messy problem.
Step 1: Make the Spoon Rest
A trial run with some blu-tack proved the principle, so it was just a case of repeating the shape with Sugru.
Simple but effective, and since deployed successfully.