Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Spiced Florentine Fruit and Caramelised Nut Mix | Recipe

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Need the perfect snack to serve while guests wait eagerly for Christmas dinner? Or just need the perfect Winter energy to keep you going as you wrap presents? Well then look no further than Fruit For The Office's perfect recipe that tastes exactly like Christmas.

Like eating deconstructed florentine, the dark chocolate mingles perfectly with caramelised cinnamon and ginger nuts and dried cranberries, cherries and raisins. 

Easy to make and so quick, we really don't recommend preparing in advance (because you'll eat it all to yourself before it can even be served!)

Christmas Spiced Florentine Fruit and Caramelised Nut Mix Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 190C
  2. Mix the nuts, butter, maple syrup, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a bowl until evenly coated
  3. Spread the mixture in a single layer onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until browned, stirring frequently throughout to avoid burning
  5. Let the nuts cool then mix with the cranberries, cherries, raisins and dark chocolate chips and serve!

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know if you'll be serving this up at your office Christmas party or as pre-Turkey nibbles on Christmas day!

Friday, 12 December 2014

The 12 Hours of the Christmas Office Party

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12 women worrying 

If you can't find them - then you are probably one of them! In the bathroom, frantically picking at spots or asking around the office for some Spanx to borrow thanks to the dreaded belly bloat - you'd think you were headed out to The Oscars, not your local carvery followed by a Yates...

11 makeup tutorials

We all know we're going to go for the tried and tested red lippy with a swish of eyeliner but we'll still watch YouTube videos and convince ourselves that tonight is the night for a dramatic smokey eye. Fast forward to later this evening when you'll be frantically rubbing black eyeshadow from your face whilst the taxi beeps impatiently outside - just save yourself the hassle (and potential panda eyes)!

10 quid gifts

Secret Santa. The two words that strike fear into the heart of many an office worker. The night before work you'll run aimlessly around a Boots before it closes trying desperately to work out if Sarah from Marketing would prefer a bath cream gift set or a bath oil gift set. On the plus side, you get to watch as your more innocent colleagues blush at highly inappropriate gag gifts (then laugh as they make a reappearance later on in the night once everyone gets a bit merry!)

9 outfits hated

You chose it weeks ago, you know it looks good and you know it's the perfect combination of sexy and subtle but you'll still try on everything from your one formal gown to a Rudolph onesie. Still, once the outfit is on, the statement necklace you bought will suddenly look gaudy and your perfect clutch bag doesn't fit your roll-up flats. But no matter how amazing you totally look, you'll just wish that paying extra for ASOS Premier meant you received clothes instantly.

8 minutes late

Arriving fashionably late never goes out of style and it means that small talk with your boss won't be an unfortunate eventuality. However, everyone will probably think of the same plan so no matter how late you think you are, you'll almost always be first. Better get ready to talk about how bad the traffic to the venue was...

7 stomach grumbles

You've exhausted the supply of table snacks and that 'superfood salad' you promised yourself would be a healthy choice has just made you wish for even more goose fat potatoes. Now watch as those sat next to you receive their meals first and feel the intense jealousy that comes with choosing the least popular meal option. You'll almost eat the arm off the waiter when your meal arrives.

6 awkward chats

"Oh, so who did you come here with?" "Umm I'm actually blah blah from the blah department, I've been working here for five years" Make sure you have a decent knowledge of who works in your office and give everyone a quick hello or even a chat about their Christmas plans - you'll may even wonder why you never spoke to some of your colleagues before! (Or realise exactly why you never wanted to speak to some of them in the first place...) 

5 shots downed...

The food has been cleared, desserts devoured and now someone has promoted the entire staff from red wine to tequila shots. Get ready to head out to the nearest club/bar and have fun! But try to keep it together - especially around your Instagram-happy colleagues. 

4 mistletoe avoided 

The alcohol won't just convince everyone they can dance, they'll also think they're the master of seduction. Although you'll be quick to start a conga line away from every creeper that tries it on with you, just be sure that you don't do the same to your office crush! Monday morning but be a bit awkward after you've confessed your undying love to them and their cute dimples.

3 TMIs

Throughout the night you might make uncomfortable eye contact with the colleagues copping a feel on the dancefloor or you might have to hold back the hair of the intern that's had way too much. But, no matter what you saw (or how much of it you saw!) you're the perfect office party guest and will swear yourself to silence - and a few knowing glances across the office kitchen, of course...

2 regretted tweets

No-one needed to know how much you loved cute dimple guy in 140 characters. And now it's been retweeted by your friends and no amount of deleting will stop their joking on Monday. But, oh well, you tweeted that video of them trying to twerk whilst eating a doner kebab and that's worth a million "I love cute dimple guy" tweets.

And a trip in a warm taxi!

Phew! Full of turkey, tequila and late night curry chips, you are still feeling great - at least until tomorrow morning... Make sure you keep a big glass of water by the bed and a few ibuprofen (You'll thank us later!)

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know how your office Christmas party went!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Corporate Gift Ideas

Laurent Perrier Gift Basket - £99.99

You've been opening your advent calender for a few days now so it's time to start thinking about Christmas presents for your office!

However, buying gifts for people that you only have a working relationship with is always a tough one. There is always the temptation to buy a gift voucher but it never feels personal enough but then again you don't know your clients/boss/employees well enough to know what their preference is on Boots gift sets!

So when it comes to gifting this year, fresh fruit will always go down a treat and is something that your recipients will definitely need after over indulging through the festive season!

Moet and Chandon Basket - £79.99

Fruit For The Office have a selection of fruit baskets that will make deliciously fresh Christmas gifts this year. Beautifully presented and gorgeously scented, most of our baskets also come in chic sea grass basket that can be kept and reused long after the contents have been munched. 

Just like with our unique office fruit delivery boxes, we also offer a tailor made option for hampers, allowing you to put together a personalised selection of fruits to make the ideal gift. And if you want to give it a traditional edge, we can even include dried fruits and nuts - perfect festive additions to a fruity gift basket.

We can even arrange for your gift to be sent wherever you need it - whether that's to your client's reception or to your office so you can hide it from your boss until the time is right! We can even include a personalised message for the perfect finishing touch. 

Hard work done and dusted, time to put your feet up and have a mince pie, we think!

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know which fruit basket is your favourite!

Friday, 28 November 2014

7 Overnight Oats Recipes That Are Healthy, Fruity and Give You Extra Time in Bed

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Find yourself tumbling out of bed and stumbling into the kitchen more than usual during the colder months? 

Working 9 to 5 over winter makes even the best of us skip out on breakfast for just another 10 minutes in a warm bed. 

But when it's only 10am at the office and the stomach grumbles hit, you'll be much more likely to reach for whatever sugary snack is on offer and risk putting on the dreaded winter weight!

So, unless your office fruit delivery has enough to sustain you through to lunch time - and we all know how quickly that box can be eaten, especially in London offices! - then you need to start being better prepared for breakfast.

And that's where overnight oats come in to save your morning!

The basic formula for overnight oats consists of dry oats thrown into a bowl or tupperware container (depends if you're eating before you leave for work or when you get there) mixed with a liquid for the oats to absorb overnight - this can be anything from yoghurt to water to milk. 

And that's it! 

Just put it in your fridge before bed and hallelujah - there it is waiting for you when you wake up! And it can be served hot or cold!

No cooking, no lengthy preperation and you can add whatever fruits, nuts and spices you like to this formula to make it your own.

Need some inspiration? Here's our favourite fruity overnight oats that will kickstart your five a day in a delicious, healthy and filling way:

Yoghurt and Berry Overnight Oats Parfait

  • Mix dry oats into your yoghurt of choice and add a small handful of chia seeds or nuts - if you like. 
  • Stir until smooth and add a tablespoon of milk or water at a time until you reach your desired consistency (or skip this step altogether if you prefer it to be thick) 
  • Use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or whatever fruit you like to mix into the oats.
  • Then leave in the fridge overnight and serve when you wake up!

You can even create alternate layers of yoghurt-y oats and berries in a Mason/Kilner jar to make your breakfast feel even fancier.

Apple and Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Tropical Coconut, Raspberry and Mango Overnight Oats

  • Mix equal amounts of dry oats and your choice of milk together (adjust amounts to the consistency you prefer)
  • Combine diced mango, raspberries and shredded coconut
  • Add your choice of sweetener to taste - we like agave nectar or honey
  • Pop in the fridge overnight and serve in the morning!
This recipe will feel like a taste of an island getaway - even when you're desperately trying to keep your eyes open on the tube.

Simple Cinnamon and Banana Overnight Oats

Healthy Banana, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  • Mix equal amounts of dry oats and your choice of milk together (adjust amounts to the consistency you prefer)

  • Combine with a teaspoon of cocoa powder - add more if you like a very rich chocolate taste

  • Top with a dollop of peanut butter

  • Cover with a whole chopped banana

  • Pop in the fridge overnight and serve in the morning!

  • These overnight oats are perfect served warm, just pop in the microwave for 30 second intervals until heated all the way through.

    Blueberry and Maple Overnight Oats

    Ginger and Peach Overnight Oats

    • Mix equal amounts of dry oats and your choice of milk together (adjust amounts to the consistency you prefer)
    • Add one diced peach (add a teaspoon of your chosen sweetener if the peach isn't as ripe as you like)
    • Add a teaspoon of minced ginger
    • Top with a teaspoon of crystallised ginger for a stronger taste
    • Pop in the fridge overnight and serve in the morning!
    Forget spending a fiver on fancy porridge before work - this recipe tastes of pure luxury and you know there's no nasties being added.

    Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know which overnight oats recipe you'll be popping the fridge for Monday morning!

    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

    Etsy - YoBananaBoy

    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.

     ||| Hats |||

    Pineapple Frubie

    Strawberry Frubie

    | QCumber |

    Pineapple Beanie

    YoBananaBoy | Etsy |

    Strawberry Beanie

    YoBananaBoy | Etsy |

    Kiwi Beanie

    YoBananaBoy | Etsy |

    Pineapple Beanie

    YoBananaBoy | Etsy |

    Watermelon Beanie

    YoBananaBoy | Etsy |

    Banana Beanie

    YoBananaBoy | Etsy |

    Watermelon Beanie 

    Watermelon Beanie

    | Asos |

    ||| Scarves |||

    Vintage Strawberry Scarf

    | Etsy |

    Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Scarf

    Gitanaflipflops | Etsy |

    Lime Scarf

    TwinkieChan | Etsy | 

    Strawberry Scarf

    TwinkieChan | Etsy |

    Pear Scarf

    TwinkieChan | Etsy | 

    ||| Jumpers |||

    Pink Banana Crop

    | Sheinside | 

    Black Banana Crop

    | Sheinside | 

    Watermelon Cardigan

    | Modcloth | 

    Gold Pineapple Jumper

    | QCumber |

    Banana Jumper 

    | QCumber |

    Pineapple Jumper

    | QCumber |

    Watermelon Jumper

    | QCumber | 

    Pineapple Jumper

    | Sheinside |

    ||| Socks |||

    Watermelon Socks

    | Asos |

    Fruit Cake Knee Highs

    | Asos |

    Pineapple Socks

    | Asos |

    Pack of 3 Fruit Socks

    | Asos |

    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.

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