Friday, 12 February 2016

We've Got Your Valentine's Cards Covered!

Valentine's Day is round the corner. Whether you've been with your beau for 5 years; or you've only just started dating and the thought of a mushy day fills you with a mix of dread and excititement, we've got you covered on the funny-but-still-cute cards that will show your feelings, without being over the top. Whether you like puns, sweet pictures or a simple sentiment, you're bound to love our selection.

Don't have a Valentine? Don't worry! We reckon a card to yourself, filled with all the reasons you love yourself, will be a Valentine worth keeping.


It must be love! - from Notonthehighstreet

We all love a bit of cheese from time to time! - from Etsy
For the lovers of TOWIE - from Scribbler


We love this throwback to the 90's - from Scribbler


We know a few people who would love this one *We're looking at you crazy cat lady!* - from Scribbler


We love this cute animal based card - from Etsy

We love this cheeky little one - from Scribbler


For those of us who meet online (don't be ashamed!) - from Etsy

Short and sweet sentiment! - from Notonthehighstreet

Online retailers mentioned:
www.scribbler.com
www.etsy.com
www.notonthehighstreet.com

Which card will you be sending this Valentine's Day? Let us know @office_fruit (the soppier the better!)


 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Pancake Day

Pancake Day is the day we can eat as many pancakes as want, and not feel guilty about it. Whether you like your pancakes traditionally English (thin and crepes-like), or thick and American-style, we have the best toppings for your Pancake Day this Tuesday 9th February 2016.

But first, how to make the perfect pancake?

Perfect Pancake Mix

You can make in advance and chill for up to eight hours before use.

Makes 8-10 pancakes

Ingredients
  • 75g/3oz plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml/1⁄4pt milk
  • A little oil for frying
To serve:
3 lemons
Sugar

Method
Place the flour, salt and eggs in a large bowl with half the milk. Whisk until lump-free.
Add the remaining milk and whisk until smooth. Or place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Pour the mixture into a jug.
Heat a 20cm/8in diameter non-stick frying pan, drizzle a little oil in the centre and spread it around with a piece of scrunched kitchen paper.
Pour a little batter into the pan and immediately tilt to spread it thinly and evenly.
Cook for 2 minutes or until the top is set and the base golden. Turn the pancake over with a spatula – or, if you are feeling brave, flip!
Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the base of the pancake is golden. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Interleave with greaseproof paper as you make a stack.

Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle sugar on the pancake, roll and serve.

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Great! Now that's done, we can move onto the perfect toppings, whether you fancy a breakfast pancake, a sweet pancake, or a savoury one:

Breakfast pancakes



Smoked salmon, smashed avocado and crème fraîche

Sweet pancakes


Banoffee

The classic lemon and sugar

Classic Lemon and Sugar


Savoury pancakes


Spinach, caramelised onion & Gruyere


Cheese and broccoli

What pancake are you going to try this Pancake Day? Let us know @office_fruit

Monday, 1 February 2016

Fruity February 2016



Here at FFTO HQ we love a good deal. To celebrate the Leap Year we are offering all brand new customers a fruity discount on orders in February. 

What is it?
You will receive 25% discount off your first 4 orders received in the month of February. 

If you are looking for your first office fruit delivery, or simply want to try out our service, why not give us a call?

Contact our friendly Customer Service team on 0800 019 4037 to discuss this offer, or email us sales@fruitfortheoffice.co.uk, quoting “FRUITY FEBRUARY”.

Terms and conditions apply

Friday, 29 January 2016

Blood Orange Vodka

If you're looking for an easy alcoholic cocktail for these cool winter months, this blood orange vodka may be just the thing. Blood oranges are juicy and delicious this time of year, and a are a nice twist on the conventional orange. Read on for this easy recipe, which makes 1 x 750ml bottle...


Ingredients
  • 2 x blood oranges
  • 1 x bottle premium vodka
Directions 
  1. Wash and dry oranges. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and layer in a tall, wide-mouth jar. 
  2. Pour vodka over top (reserve bottle); seal lid. Allow to infuse in a cool, dark place for 3 -4 days.
  3. Meanwhile, if you are going to use this as a gift, soak bottle to remove labels; clean bottle and have it ready to fill. Strain infused vodka through a cheesecloth-lined sieve; discard solids. Use funnel to pour liquid back into bottle. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
 Adapted from: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a5465/blood-orange-vodka-recipe/

 Have you tried our blood orange vodka? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 22 January 2016

Quirky Office Mugs

When you work in an office, on of the best ways to show your personality is through your mug. We all have that mug that we gravitate towards, whose shape lends itself to the taste of our favourite beverage, or just the one that is big enough for that coffee as big as your head. Either way, we love mugs that really reflect who we are as a person. Here are some of our favourites:

For that person that lives for the weekend...

For that person with the really complicated drink order (you're not at Starbucks!)

For that person who loves prosecco too much...

For those office managers who rule the roost

For that person that cannot work until they have their first sip of coffee



What's your favourite mug at the office? Tweet us @office_fruit

Friday, 15 January 2016

Delicious Dried Fruits

One of our most popular products are dried fruit - delicious, morish, but still healthy, they are the perfect way to jazz up your otherwise ordinary office fruit delivery.

But what exactly is dried fruit? Read on to find out...


Dried and pressed fruit is fruit that has had almost all of the water content removed through drying methods. Examples of this are rasins, dates, prunes, figs and apricots. There are also sugar-coated dried fruits, such as mangoes, pineapples, cranberries, bananas and apples.

 When the fruits are dried they shrink, leaving a small, energy and nutrition-dense dried fruit. They last longer than fresh fruit, and can be a handy, mess-free snack. They contain about the same amount of nutries as fresh fruit, but are condensed in a much small package.

They contain a lot of fiber, and are a great source of antioxidents. Yummy, portable, and full of goodness. What more could you ask for!

Howevever, be aware - while the dried fruit may be much smaller than fresh fruit, they will have the same number of calories and amount of sugar. While one cup of fresh fruit makes up one portion, try having only a quarter cup of dried fruit. Our 60g bags are the perfect portion size for one person to munch while working.

What are the most popular dried fruits? Our fan favourites are:
  • Dried Mango
  • Banana chips
  • Pressed dates
  • Pressed figs
  • Pressed cranberry
You can find all the dried fruits we have available here. Let us know if you would like to add them to your fruit delivery!

What's your favourite dried fruit? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 8 January 2016

January Health Boosting Tips

We know how you're feeling. The festivities are all over; you've eaten your body weight in chocolate and cheese; and it's now a brand new year. You're feeling sluggish, and want to do something to kick-start your metabolism and shed those unwanted extra pounds that crept on over December.

Not to worry! We have found the best fruits to include in your diet this January, to help you on your health journey.  This isn't a diet, but an easy way to get some vitamin-infused, health-boosting foods into your everyday life.

Avocados
This one will come as no surprise to most. A brunch staple, the avocado is undoubtedly the most popular fruit of 2015. But it's not just delicious - the avocado is full of fibre and antioxidents. Do not be scared of the fat content. They're full of good fats which are good for the heart and your physical (and even emotional!) health. Avocados are best consumed on their own to get the full benefit of their health content, so next time you want a junky snack, why not snack on half an avocado instead?


Grapefruit
Grapefruits are full of fibre, and nutrient-rich, and can really help your body in the detox process. There are some reports that as grapefruits get your liver fired up, it can help burn off fat. It's a staple in diets, and we can see why!


Lemons
Lemons are an essential fruit to have in your fridge when you are trying to add detoxifying fruits to your diet. It's super easy - you can either squeeze lemon juice into a glass of water, or slice it and drop a slice or two into hot water. Then drink! This lemon water can be drunk any time of the day, but it's especially beneficial in the morning when you've just woken up, to help flush the toxins from your body. It also helps boost your digestion, to prep it for the day's eating!


 If you are determined to get healthy this January, here are our top 4  things to avoid...

Alcohol

Alcohol is in itself a toxin, and therefore has a toxic effect on the liver. The liver is the organ in the body that gets rid of the bad things in our body, so give your liver an extra helping hand and lay off the booze, even if it's just for a month.

If you wanted to make it a challenge, you can join the Dryathlon here



Caffeinated Beverages
Beverages with caffeine in have a dehytrating effect on the body, which makes the liver work harder to process the coffeine. This means you have to drink more water to counteract the effects, so it's best to avoid them when trying to detox.


Sweets, Candies, Chocolates
Excess sugar will also cause excess stress to your liver, and will thwart your cleansing efforts. Try your best to cut out these foods you’re craving. You’ll find that as you release toxins from your body you’ll crave these kind of foods less and less, but you have to give them up in order for this to happen.
 



Are you trying to get healthy for January? Let us know how you're getting on @office_fruit
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