Friday, 19 January 2018

9 questions you can't stop asking in Winter


1. Why is it so cold?
Why is it  -2 degrees? Why do my hands and feet always feel like ice?
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2. Why is so dark?
Dark when I wake up, and dark when I leave work, will I ever see the sun again?
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3. Do I really need my job? Can I stay in bed?
Really, why does my bed always feel so nice and toasty when I need to get up? Do I really need to go into work today?
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4. Why does it take so long to defrost my car?
Whoever invented deicer is a life saver, but why does it still take at least 5 minutes before I can drive my car without having the bend over to look through the one part of my windscreen that isn't still misty?
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5. When is it going to be Summer?
When is the sun going to join us again?
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6. When can I stop wearing so many layers?
Jumpers and layers are cool at first...but after 3 months I ask myself, when can I wear a t-shirt again?
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7. How have I got so fat?
Can I just blame Christmas?
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8. Why is it so cold?
Seriously, why is it -2 degrees?
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9. When is it going to be Summer?
This is a serious question. Answers on a postcard please!
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What's your favourite thing about Winter? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 12 January 2018

How to persuade your manager to get an office fruit delivery!

You've got the January blues, you're looking at how to make your diet healthier, or you just want to add a boost to you and your colleagues' work performance, what can you do? You find yourself on our Fruit For The Office website, and you start to look at all the yummy options we have for fruit deliveries. But then you think, how can I convince The Boss that we NEED this in the office? Never fear! If you want to convince the powers that be that you NEED a fruit delivery, we have all the reasons laid out for you!

So what are the benefits of a fruit delivery?

It's proven to motivate staff!
Think of that excitement when the FFTO delivery driver walks through the door with this week's fruit box - the colourful, fresh, healthy fruit is ready for the eating! People grab it as a breakfast, or just a boost in the middle of the day, and they feel that they are appreciated by their workplace. It also Increases job satisfaction

It increases memory and job performance
Few of us think about how what we eat affects our performance, but did you know that the antioxidants and vitamins in fruit helps with inflammation, and they help boost our memory processes, and enhances our mood, therefore also enhancing our performance?

Having health snacks on hand keeps everyone in top shape which means less sick time!

While everyone's eating a healthy banana rather than crisps, they are getting the nutrients they need to fight off any bugs they might come into contact on their daily commute, or even at their desk! Providing fruit to your staff will reduce the amount of sick time they need to recover from illness, therefore boosting the company's performance.

Avoids unnecessary "runs to the shop"
With a tasty snack already at their fingertips, there is no need for staff to go to the shop, taking up their work time because their blood sugar has dropped and they want a quick fix. Keep people motivated to stay in the office longer by providing something they want to munch on!

Impress your clients
An added benefit to having fruit in your office is it's impressive to clients, especially if you can display a colourful bowl of fruit in meetings to keep them going!

Want to start fruit deliveries to your office? Tweet us @office_fruit


Friday, 5 January 2018

New Year New You!

It's a brand new year, and we're sure you've attempted (or at least thought about) doing a New Year Detox. The best way to detox your body is to eat some good, healthy food, that will boost your immune system and help keep you fighting fit to the year to come! What's better than fruit?

The options: Set Box, and Bespoke Box!

The Set Box - Fresh Range

Our set boxes are the perfect way to try out a fruit delivery if you are fruit newbies - we pick the juiciest hand-held pieces of fruit, which are perfect for desk-snacks, or meeting munches.Try them today from £18.99 for 45 pieces of fruit! Or why not super-size the box and add the deluxe option, which gets you scrummy strawberries, and grapes. Find out more here.




The Bespoke Box - Tailor Made

This is where things get special...using our online ordering system, you can pick and choose the fruits you want to include in the box, personalising your order for your office needs. Our minimum order is £18.99. Create your own fruit box now.



Which way to you prefer to order your fruit? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Cranberry and Orange Christmas Tree Buns

It's almost Christmas time, and if you have some spare time and want to make a delicious Christmas treat, try out our Cranberry and Orange Christmas Tree Buns!

Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 22 mins (plus at least 90 minutes proving)
Makes: 12 buns

Ingredients

  • 275ml full-fat milk
  • 50g butter, chopped into cubes
  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus 3 tbsp
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Flavourless oil, for greasing
  • 200g marzipan, chilled
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 100g fresh cranberries
  • 100g dried cranberries, plus 1 tbsp
  • 40g pistachios, chopped
  • edible gold spray (optional)
  • 3tbsp apricot jam, sieved
  • 150g icing sugar

Method
  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan until steaming, but not boiling. Remove from the heat and add the butter, swirling to help it melt, then set aside to cool a little. Meanwhile, mix the flour, yeast, 50g sugar, the cinnamon and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl, or the bowl of a tabletop mixer. When the milk is warm, add it to the dry ingredients and combine to make a sticky dough. Tip onto your work surface and knead for 10 mins by hand, or for 5 mins in the mixer until the dough is smooth and stretchy. Return to a clean oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
  2. Line your largest baking sheet with baking parchment. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a rectangle about 30x40cm. Grate the marzipan over the surface and scatter over the orange zest, fresh cranberries, 75g dried cranberries, 25g pistachios and 3tbsp caster sugar. From the one of the longer sides, tightly roll up the dough into a sausage, pinching the dough into a sausage, pinching the dough together at the other end to seal the open edge.
  3.  Use a large, sharp knife to divide the sausage of dough first in half, then into quarters, then cut each quarter into 3 pieces, so you're left with 12 equal pieces of dough. Turn them all cut-side up and arrange onto the baking sheet in a tree shape, using one piece for a trunk and leaving space between each bun for them to expand. Make sure the pinched edge on the outside of each bun is facing towards the centre of the tree, otherwise it may come unstuck and unravel as it cooks. You should have one bun left over - bake this alongside (treat for the cook!) Cover the sheet in one or two pieces of oiled cling film and leave for prove for 30-40 minutes, or until doubled in size and just touching. 
  4. Heat over to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Bake in the middle of the over for 20-22 mins until golden brown. While the buns cook, heat the apricot jam with 2 tsp water until runny, then set aside a little cool. Mix the icing sugar with enough orange juice to make a thick icing and transfer it to a small disposable piping bag or plastic sandwich bag. You can spray the pistachios with gold spray at this point, if you like.
  5. When the buns are cooked, leave to cool for 15 mins, then brush all over with the apricot glaze. Snip the corner off the piping bag and drizzling icing over the top of the buns in random lines. Scatter over the remaining pistachios and dried cranberries and leave the icing to set for 10 mins before serving. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Adapted from: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cranberry-orange-chelsea-bun-tree

Have you tried this recipe? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 15 December 2017

What do the stickers on your fruit mean!?

If you've ever peeled off a sticker from your fruit and wondered what the codes mean, this is the blogpost for you!

The numbers are a code, known as the price look up (PLU) code which is how the fruit is looked up in shops. The code on the stickers refer to how the fruit was grown - whether conventionally, if the fruit is organic, or if it's genetically modified.

If your fruit has a four digit number on it, such as 4020, that means it has been grown using conventional methods. For example, all bananas have the code "4011" if they have been grown conventionally.

Five digit codes beginning with an "8" means the fruit is genetically-modified, so take care if you are looking to avoid eating this type of produce. GM bananas will always be 84011.

A five digit code beginning with a "9" means the fruit has been grown organically. For an organic bananas, the code will be 94011.

The codes are all assigned by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), and this organisation hands out the codes to fruit being sold all over the world. The codes have been in use in supermarkets all over world since 1990.

It's good to note that the adhesive used to stick the stickers to the fruit is safe to eat - although we don't recommend eating the sticker itself!

Why not take a look next time you tuck into your fruit, to see what number it has!



Do you check the stickers on your fruit? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Best Christmas Cocktails

It's the season for office parties, and if you are looking for some tasty cocktails to liven up the room, look no further! We've selected a bunch of festive drinks to get your party going.

Christmas Punch

Makes 750ml, serves 4 people

Ingredients
  • 75ml clementine juice
  • 150ml Benedictine liqueur
  • 225ml Dewar's white label scotch whiskey, or cognac
  • 300ml cranberry juice
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds of
  • 1 clementine, thinly slices
  • 3 sour cherries (optional)
Method

Mix all the ingredients together in a jug and store in the fridge for 2-3 hours before using - no longer as the sour elements will start to affect the overall flavour of the punch. Serve in a large jug of bowl half-filled with ice. Mix well and allow to dilute for 5 minutes before serving.


Christmas Negroni

Makes enough for 2 people

Ingredients
  • 70ml infused gin (recipe below)
  • 50ml Martini bitters
  • 50ml Martini Bianco
  • 2 slices of orange
For the infused gin (makes about 550ml):
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 oranges, zest of
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 500ml Bombay sapphire gin

Method
  1. Make your infused gin as far ahead as you can. Add all of the ingredients, except for the gin, to a small pan. Gently bring the mixture to the boil then simmer over a low heat for 8-10 minutes, until it forms a light syrup. Take off the heat and leave to cool. 
  2. Once cold, pour the cooled syrup and its infusions into a glass bottle and top up with the gin. Shake well to mix and store for a least a week to infuse. Strain before using.
  3. To make your cocktails, divide a handful of ice cubes between two old fashioned whiskey glasses. Mix the ingredients in a jug, stir well and divide between the glasses.

Winter sidecar

Makes enough for 1

Ingredients
  • 15ml (plus a little extra) clementine juice
  • ground cinnamon, to rim the glass
  • 50ml cognac
  • 30ml Martini Bianco
Method
Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with the extra juice. Sprinkle cinnamon on a plate, invert the glass, dip the rim in the spice, then set aside. Shake all the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into the glass.


Have any good Christmas cocktail ideas? Let us know @office_fruit

Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide

If you're struggling to find a gift for that special someone, don't worry - we may just have the perfect gift for you!

For her

Under £10






Under £25







Luxury









For him

Under £10








Under £25








Luxury







Or if they are someone who has everything....






*Prices correct at time of writing


What is your favourite gift you've bought this year? Let us know @office_fruit!

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