Friday, 21 November 2014

The British Guide to Thanksgiving

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Having watched every Thanksgiving episode of Friends, we'd like to think we're well versed in the the annual American tradition of 'Turkey Day'. 

So whether you've got some Americans in the office that keep harking on about pilgrims, or you just fancy a slice of life from across the pond (and a slice of pumpkin pie!), here's our British Guide to Thanksgiving!

So, when is Thanksgiving 2014?

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and this year it falls on Thursday, November 27th - so we've given you just under a week to start defrosting that turkey in your bathtub...

Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

It's primarily to do with the tradition of the first ever pilgrims to America celebrating a good harvest way back in 1621. It's very similar to our tradition of harvest festivals, so it's all about food and sharing that food with people you care about. But mainly just the food.

Do we get a day off?

Bad news to anyone - American or otherwise - hoping to have the day off because Thanksgiving is not nationally observed here in the UK as the pilgrim tradition doesn't apply to us. 
However, just pop on a plane to your favourite state (we all have one!) and you can expect some time off for the national holiday and more often than not, American employers will give four day weekends so that you have longer to wake from your inevitable turkey coma. But, Britain is out of luck - so expect to be in work next Thursday - boo!

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Bigger is better and more are merrier on Turkey Day, as extended family will make cross country trips to spend the day with their loved ones - and we're not just talking about a drive from one end of the M3 to the other, it's more about six hour drives and domestic flights from states away. In a similar way to British Boxing Day, Thanksgiving is also known for football being shown (the football where you might as well be covered head to toe in bubblewrap, not the football where you get paid a million quid a minute to give a performance that would make even an Oscar winner weep). Also, there's the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - an American institution of giant inflatable mascots that pairs perfectly with stuffing as much pecan pie into your face whilst doing as little as possible.

So, what do Brits think about Thanksgiving?

Enough is enough, tell me more about the food!

Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a turkey so big it makes you wonder if dinosaurs did, in fact, stop roaming the Earth. Whilst there are slight variations of dishes served from state to state, you'd be looked upon with contempt by any respectable American if you didn't have: cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, devilled eggs, green beans, bread rolls, cornbread, apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes coated with mini marshmallows (Yep, that's an actual tradition, and it isn't served as dessert!)  And remember, Thanksgiving is synonymous with day after day of delicious leftovers, so if the table's not heaving under the weight of all the dishes teetering on it, then you're doing it wrong.

I'm going to a friend's/family's/workmate's/random friendly American I met on the tube's Thanksgiving dinner - what can I make?

Grab your office fruit delivery because these two dishes - one for absolute beginners and one for those looking to impress - can be made with your Fruit For The Office bounty.

Cranberry Sauce

A twist on a classic with freshly squeezed orange and a splash of pomegranate juice makes the collective hearts of this office fruit supplier sing - and it will make you seem positively gourmet. 

Apple Pie

There's the saying "as American as apple pie" so you can't go mediocre with this or you'll risk looking a fool! Spices such as cinnamon are what make this taste great but it'll be the care you put into this classic dessert that will really show you mean business when it comes to Thanksgiving.

So, will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or do you think us Brits should leave Turkey Day well alone? Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know how you'll be spending the day - whether it's with family and friends gorging on turkey, at your desk with your office fruit delivery or attempting a 'traditional English beef trifle' like Rachel.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Fruity Knits | Tasty Winter Scarves, Jumpers and Hats

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We love fruit fashion here at Fruit For The Office HQ but we find that even the most fruity fashionistas find it hard to incorporate these tasty designs into their winter wardrobe. So, here's our favourite winter picks that will keep you looking luscious this season.

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Pineapple Frubie

Strawberry Frubie

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Pineapple Beanie

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Strawberry Beanie

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Kiwi Beanie

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Pineapple Beanie

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Watermelon Beanie

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Banana Beanie

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Watermelon Beanie 

Watermelon Beanie

| Asos |

||| Scarves |||

Vintage Strawberry Scarf

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Scarf

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Lime Scarf

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Strawberry Scarf

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Pear Scarf

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Pink Banana Crop

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Black Banana Crop

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Watermelon Cardigan

| Modcloth | 

Gold Pineapple Jumper

| QCumber |

Banana Jumper 

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Pineapple Jumper

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Watermelon Jumper

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Pineapple Jumper

| Sheinside |

||| Socks |||

Watermelon Socks

| Asos |

Fruit Cake Knee Highs

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Pineapple Socks

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Pack of 3 Fruit Socks

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Pack of 3 Strawberry Socks

| Asos |

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know about any other winter fruit fashions or send us any photos of you wearing fruity clothes and we'll retweet our favourites!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Hoyle's Honey | Naturally Essex

We here at Fruit For The Office pride ourselves on our Essex roots - minus the spray tans and vajazzles, of course!

So, in our Essex offices, we are always on the look out for amazing produce being made in our beloved county and nothing is better than the work being done by our friends at Hoyle's Honey.

Hoyle’s Honey specialises in 100% Pure Raw English Honey, straight from the hive to the jar. Produced only by their own bees, Hoyle’s Honey can be traced directly to the area the bees foraged for the nectar. Unlike many imported honeys, there is no doubt of its unadulterated purity and the taste leaves you wanting more.

The home of Hoyle’s Honey is in Navestock Side, Essex. The Hoyle family has been farming since the 1950’s and by using these valuable years of family farming knowledge, practicing responsible farming methods, they position their bees on their farm and neighbouring farms in the best possible sites to forage for pollen and nectar.

They started off with a couple of hives under the watchful eye and helping hand of a bee-keeping friend to guide them in the right direction. A small hobby grew into a small business, selling their honey in their farm shop. The interest and the enjoyment of bee keeping grew and grew, and then, so did Hoyle’s Honey.

Their future is to keep happy, healthy bees and in turn produce market leading Pure English honey.

Health benefits of raw honey

Specialising in raw honey means that Hoyle's don’t destroy the natural vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants that otherwise would happen during over heating and the pasteurization process, hence more of the taste and nutritional goodness stays in the jar with natural antibacterial properties.

Raw honey promotes body and digestive health, strengthens the immune system, can help eliminate allergies, stabilizes blood pressure, balances sugar levels and can be used as a remedy for skin wounds. Raw honey is also an anti-inflammatory.

Raw honey bought from a local source is an excellent way of treating hay fever. It is helpful if the hay fever sufferer knows exactly what pollens they are allergic to and then the likelihood of trace amounts of the specific pollens in the honey can help.

Hoyle's Honey is available to order online or from several stockists in the Essex area. Supplying individual jars as well as wholesale orders, Hoyle's Honey also offer bespoke labelling for events and weddings, mini jars for hotels as well as unique honey hampers. 

Be sure to follow Hoyle's Honey on Twitter: @hoyleshoney and keep an eye out for more of Fruit For the Office's Essex produce picks.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Firework Friendly Fruit Desserts for Bonfire Night

We all remember, remember the 5th of November but do we remember to eat our 5-a-day?

Bonfire night is all about the fireworks but there's nothing better to fill your mouth with between "oos" and "ahs" than warm, filling food - and where better to cook in full view of the night sky than the barbecue? But, when you've had your fill of sausages, burgers and kebabs, it's time to whip out the leftovers from your office fruit delivery and finish the night off with a dessert that packs a (fruit) punch!

BBQ Bananas

Simple as! 

  • Leave them in their skins, score them a few times and wrap them in tin foil.

  • Then throw them on the dying embers of the BBQ/bonfire (once all those lovely burgers are done with so the low heat won't burn them!)

  • Carefully remove the tin foil and then REALLY carefully remove the skin (as steam is likely to come out) and serve immediately with a topping of your choice (can't go wrong with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some melted chocolate!)

Just make sure it's the right banana going on the grill... 

Bonfire Apples

Toffee apples are a staple for the autumn months but save your teeth from those caramel crunchers and munch away on a softer, slimmer alternative.

  • Choose your favourite variety of apples from your Fruit for the Office box and core them.

  • Fill them with whatever you'd like: raisins, walnuts, pecans, marshmallows and even chocolate chips!

  • Top with brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon

  • Wrap up in tin foil and place on the dying embers of your bonfire/BBQ

  • Open up carefully, then top with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!

Let us know in the comments how much these went down a treat during your belated bonfire night celebrations and tweet us @office_fruit with your favourite fruity autumn desserts to keep us warm on these shorter and shorter nights!

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Friday, 31 October 2014

No Tricks Just Healthy Halloween Fruit Treats

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Halloween may be rooted in ghosts and ghouls but the first thing that comes to our mind? Sweets!

Taking your children out to receive buckets upon buckets of chocolate or, as we prefer, eating the remainder of the sweets not picked up by costume wearing kids.

But, at Fruit For The Office HQ, we have a very different kind of sweet tooth - one that can only be curbed by nature's candy.

So, enjoy a tasty treat this halloween - without the tricks of sickness, hyperactive kids and bloaty belly - with these amazing healthy Halloween party foods.

Banana Ghosts

Serves 12

- 6 small bananas
- 36 chocolate chips

Cut the bananas in half and place flat side down.

Push chocolate chips into the bananas to create a ghoulish guise!

Pumpkin Oranges

Serves 12

- 12 small satsumas/clementines
- 1 stalk celery

Peel the satsumas/clementines. Wash and cut the celery into small pieces. Push into the tops of the satsumas/clementines to create pumpkin stalks.

Melon Brain

- 1 large watermelon
- Sharp knife

You need to peel the watermelon to expose the green flesh then carve a brain like pattern deep enough into the melon that the red flesh is on show in the carvings.

For more detailed information and photos try this great tutorial:

Tweet us @office_fruit with photos of your Halloween fruit treats and we'll retweet our favourites!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Clocks Go Back | What You Should Do With Your Extra Hour

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Not that we've been counting down the days but the clocks go back an hour this Sunday! 
Yes, it means the days get shorter, the nights get longer and the weather gets colder but this extra hour also earns you an extra hour in bed!

But, we're overachievers here at Fruit For The Office so we went around the office and asked what we'd do with an extra hour in the day - and sleeping wasn't allowed!

  • Attend a yoga class
  • Practice learning a language
  • Catch up on your favourite TV series
  • Organise the office
  • Get pampered with a manicure/pedicure
  • Hit the gym
  • Call your parents
  • Try out a YouTube makeup tutorial
  • Online shop
  • Have a long, leisurely lunch
  • Spend more time with your partner
  • Update your CV and LinkedIn
  • Have a glass of wine and read a book
  • Take a long soak in a bubble bath
  • Volunteer for a charity
  • Train to run a marathon
  • Write a bucket list
  • Start writing a novel

What will you do with your extra hour? Tweet us @office_fruit and we'll retweet our favourites! 

Friday, 17 October 2014

5 Reasons Why Stone Fruits Are So Good For You

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A pain in the neck - or should we say teeth! - stone fruits can sometimes be a jaw shattering surprise. But when each stone is surrounded by sweet, delectable flesh, we always make that extra effort to stop ourselves from devouring the things whole!
Delicious, healthy and with most varieties in season, stone fruits will do you a world of good when you add them to your office fruit delivery!

5. Fountain of Youth

You may think that it's only citrus fruits that has ownership over vitamin C but stone fruits such as plums and apricots are chock full of the stuff! Not only is vitamin C well known for fighting off illness, it also battles the signs of ageing by aiding iron absorption and helping the body form collagen - keeping the skin plump and peachy!

4. Strengthen Teeth and Bones

Whilst chomping on the stones may leave you in a dentist's chair, just eating the delicious flesh can keep both your teeth and bones stronger than ever. Vitamin K is the key here, with just two plums giving you a 10th of your daily allowance. This bone-building vitamin reduces the risk of tooth decay as well as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

3. Nerve and Muscle Care

As much as we love bananas here at Fruit For The Office, we know that not everyone shares our adoration of the curvy, yellow fruit. So, if you feel you're missing out on your vital potassium intake by skipping the fruit delivery staple, just reach for two small peaches instead. Not only are peaches incredibly sweet and moreish, they also contain the same amount of potassium as a medium banana! So, reach for a stone fruit next time as the potassium will help to keep fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure away whilst also looking after your all important muscles and nerves.

2. Skip the Specs

Not only does the bright orange colour of most stone fruits make them look almost too good to eat, it also helps you keep bad eyesight at bay. Carotenoids are an antioxidant that not only supply the rich pigment to the fruit, they also help strengthen your eyesight, skin and immune system. Cooking the fruit makes more of this antioxidant available to your body so be sure to take some leftovers from your office fruit delivery home and return to the office the next day with a freshly baked peach crumble! (Not only will it put you in the good books of everyone in the office, you might even be saving them a trip to the opticians!)

1. Keeping You Regular

All stone fruits - especially their skins - are packed with fibre, which helps your body to digest food with ease. Not only will scoffing down nectarines make toilet breaks a lot less painful, you'll also benefit from feeling fuller for longer thanks to the high fibre content. Keeping your body healthy from the inside out, eating stone fruits can also benefit weight management (so be sure to add these to your diet plan!), diabetes and cholesterol.

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know what your favourite stone fruit is!

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