Friday, 22 July 2016

Caramelised rum bananas and ice cream

This caramelised rum bananas and ice cream recipe is a Jamaican favourite, and is the perfect way to use up any excess bananas left over from your office fruit delivery. Using only four ingredients, it is simple, yet delicious, and bound to spice up your dinner times.

Here's how to make it..

Servings: 2
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 6 minutes
Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons good quality butter
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas (not overly ripe/brown), peeled, cut in half and sliced lengthewise
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon dark run (or leave out for an acohol-free version)
  • Vanilla ice cream to serve
To make
  • Place the butter and sugar in a saute pan over a low heat, and stir until the sugar dissolves and begins to bubble.
  • Simmer for about 2 minutes and then add the bananas
  • Continue to simmer and turn the bananas for another minute or so 
  • Add the rum, stir and remove from heat. (If making this without the rum, just remove the bananas from the heat at this step).
  • Place a scoop of ice cream in two serving bowls, then top each with 4 pieces of banana. Drizzle with the syrup

What are your favourite banana desserts? Let us know @office_fruit 

Friday, 15 July 2016

A profile on: kiwano melon

What is it?
The kiwano melon is a traditional food plan in Africa, and belongs to the cucumber and melon family.

What does it look like?
A fully ripened kiwano has an orange rind with prominent spikes. The inside flesh is a slimy green colour, with seeds inside the jelly-like substance.

Other names?
Also known as the horned melon, jelly melon, African horned cucumber, hedged gourd, melano and blowfish fruit.

Where's it from? 
It is native to Southern Africa, but is now also grown in California, Mississippi, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

How do I eat it?
To eat plain, cut the fruit in half, and gently squeeze one half until the slime-covered seeds ooze out. Or, you can simply scoop out the inner fruit and toss it into fruit salads, use as a garnish or add into cocktails. Only the inside is edible, so do not try to nibble on the spikes!
 
What does it taste like?
The flavour is described as a cross between cucumber, zucchini and kiwi, although as it ripens it tastes more like a banana.

What are the health benefits?
Some of the benefits of eating kiwano melon are: it aids in weight lost; protects the skin; boosts the metabolism; increases eye health; strengthens bones; optimises digestion; and speeds up wound healing.



Want to try this exotic fruit? Add a box to your office fruit delivery here.

Have you tried kiwano melon? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 8 July 2016

Ripen your avocado in 10 minutes!

We've all been there - you're dreaming of poached-eggs-on-avocado-on-toast for brunch, but your avocado just isn't ripe (read:squishy) enough! What are you going to do!? You don't have 3 days to wait until it ripens.....

Well, luckily for you we have the perfect 10-minute trick to ripen that pesky avocado until it's creamy and delicious.

All you need is:
  • an oven, preheated to 93 degrees celcius, of 200 degrees farenheit
  • tin-foil
  • avocado
All you need to do is:
  1. Wrap your avocado in tin foil 
  2. Put the wrapped avocado in your preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, remove the avocado from the oven.
 Once you unwrap the avocado, you should find the avocado is still cool enough to hold. And, trust us, the avocado win't be hot, it will just be a softer, and most importantly, RIPER than it was 10 minutes ago!


Let us know if you try this trick @office_fruit

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Blue Wonderberry

Blueberries - delicious in porridge, granola, yoghurt, or even on their own. But did you know that not only are they delightful on the tastebuds, they are also amazing for your health? Here's the lowdown on this "wonderberry":

1. Brain food

Studies have shown that blueberries improve brain function and may help combat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as helping toh eal damaged brain cells. They also improve memory and help us to retain things we've learned. Keep a bowl of blueberries handy next time you need to study!

2. A fountain of youth

Blueberries help combat the free radicals which make us age quicker, so eating blueberries can help keep you looking younger for longer! 

3. Softer skin

 These same free radicals also wreak havoc on the skin, damaging cells and leaving us looking pallid and healthy. Blueberries neutralise free radicals, leaving you with soft, glowing skin.

4. Spending a penny

Blueberries contain medical antioxident compounds that can inhibit the bacteria that cause infection, helping you maintain a healthy bladder. UTI's be gone! 

 5. High in vitamins

These are absolutely packed with the good stuff that keeps you healthy - vitamins A, C, E and B complex; selenium, potassium, copper, zinc, and manganese. They truly are a superfruit!

6. Seeing things

Blueberries can help to protect you from age-related vision disorders such as cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. They contain anthocyanins which reduce eye strain and vision loss, and also keep your retina healthy.

7. Lose those extra pounds

The anthocyanins found in blueberries can help to speed up the metabolism, which you give you a head start in losing those extra pounds.

8. Healthy heart

They are full of fibre and antioxidents, both of which will help dissolve the bad cholesterol in your system which can narrow your arteries and lead to a heart attack or heart disease.

9. A common problem

Constipation affects many people, but it's a problem that can often be solved by eating a high fibre diet. One cup of blueberries will provide you with about 15% of your recommended daily fibre intake, and help things move a little more smoothly!


What is your favourite fact about blueberries? Let us know @office_fruit!


Friday, 24 June 2016

Fruity Nail Art

If you need some inspiration for your nails this summer, look no further! We love these crazy colourful designs...














Which design is your favourite? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 17 June 2016

Our Favourite Things About Summer

Summer officially starts on Monday 20th June, so we decided to have a proper think about our favourite things that make summer so special for us....

1. Not needing a jacket

Let your arms breath!


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2. Light evenings 

Later sunsets means light evenings, and those added hours of sunlight after work make our hearts happy.

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3. Evening drives

There's nothing more satisfying than taking a summer evening drive, with the windows down and the wind through your hair.

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4. Pimms

Pimms o'clock is where it's at.

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5. Wimbledon

Whether you prefer Nadal, or UK fave Murray, Wimbledon is the sporting event of the Summer, and gets everyone talking.

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6. Strawberries and Cream 

And of course you can't have Wimbledon without strawberries and cream!
Available to order on our website.

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7. BBQ's

What is summer without a good barbie? Grab your mates, a burger, and beer - perfect!

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And to mention our least favourite thing in a word....BUGS!

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Be gone bugs.

What are your favourite things about summer? Tweet us @office_fruit

Monday, 13 June 2016

Beauty tips for holiday

Now the May Bank Holidays are over (*sob*) many of us are looking forward to our summer holidays. Whether it's 2 weeks in Ibiza, or a week in Cornwall, summer holidays are great to get away from the office and recharge our batteries. We all want to look our best on while we're away, so here's our checklist of beauty tips to ensure you feel and look your best.

1. Eat fruit

Eating well is the foundation of feeling good, so make sure you eat plenty of fruits. They will also help boost the health of your skin, so you can keep that healthy glow before, during and after your holiday!

2. Eat carrots!

More than likely you have already heard about the many benefits to your skin from eating carrots but did you know that many tanning products use the alpha – carotene from carrots to promote the coloration of the skin?
When they are eaten raw, carrots keep all their beneficial skin properties.
Find ways to add raw, organic carrots to your meals and watch the color in your skin really blossom.

3. Drink plenty of water

 Water is a wonderful thing. It helps us to control our calorie intake by keeping us full; keeps our muscles energised; and helps our skin looking good. Hydrated skin is healthy skin! Water ensures all our organs are working to their full potential, and is particularly beneficial for our digestive system. Drink 8 glasses a day for optimum hydration.

4. Move your body

There is the temptation to go mad with exercise on the run up to a holiday, but the best way to make sure you don't tire yourself out is to stick to 30 minutes of movement a day. This could be a brisk walk, weights, yoga, or HIIT. 

5. Exfoliate

Use your favourite exfoliator or firm bristle brush to give some life to your skin. Exfoliation helps lift the dead skin cells off your body, and brings blood up to the surface, revealing healthy new skin.

6. Moisturise

Moisturisation is essential after exfoliation, and is another step towards keeping your skin hydrated. Use your favourite moisturiser nightly on the run up to your holiday, to ensure baby-smooth skin that is shiny and healthy.

7. Treat yourself


Give yourself a treat for all your hard work! Our favourite is a piece of yummy fruit, but if your thing is a small chocolate bar, go for it! Denying yourself of your favourite things leads to a blow-out, so keep the hard work balanced with something you enjoy.


What do you do to get yourself holiday ready? @office_fruit


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