Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Gift your loved ones something extra special this Christmas!

If you're still looking for a great Christmas present, that is a bit different to the usual smellies or stocking fillers, look no further. We have a great range of baskets which make an extra special gift for your loved ones.


Laurent Perrier Basket - Price £99.99





Moet & Chandon Basket Price - £79.99




Smoothie Maker and Fruit - Price £59.99



Teddy and Fruit Basket - Price £37.99

We can also fulfill bespoke baskets - if you would like a quote email us info@fruitfortheoffice.co.uk

You can find all our fantastic gift baskets here.

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

Friday, 17 November 2017

Things only an office worker understands


An office has its own culture, and if you work in an office there will be certain things you just *get* compared to any other job. How many of the below do you identify with?

1. When someone has used up all the milk in their cereal so you can't have that emergency cup of tea

There's nothing worse than getting to the fridge and finding out there is NO milk for that caffeine fix - what are you meant to do, have BLACK tea!?!?! *oh the horror!*

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2. Lying about your weekend

When someone asks what you did at the weekend and for the 4th week in a row you stayed in bed watching Netflix so you say instead you had a wild one...

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3. Bringing in lunch and eating it before 10am

To save money you make the effort to make lunch the night before work, and bring it in with good intentions....and by 10am it's gone.

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4. Signing cards for people you've never seen before


There's always a birthday going on in an office, and that means birthday collections and a card. We've all had to sign a card for someone we've never even seen. Happy Birthday stranger!


5. Fighting over the air con

If you have air con, you have probably had a fight over the air con. You'll turn it up, they turn it down. Why can we never get it right!?

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6. Having office parties on a Thursday

Why do office parties always take place on a Thursday? Cue everyone coming in on Friday morning nursing sore heads.

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7. The passive-aggressive notes on the kitchen walls

There will always be a note reminding you to "keep the microwave clean" and "wash your dishes", and even "hands off my cheese!" How do you tackle these notes? Why, write some of your own of course!



8. The excitement when the fruit delivery arrives!

Whether you eat the fruit for breakfast or a snack, everyone can't wait to get their hands on their favourite!


9. Your favourite mug goes missing and you see Tim from Marketing with it

We all have our favourite mug, and there is no greater pain than seeing someone else using it! Then you have to decide whether to give it up, or disinfect it...



10. That person that never offers to make a cuppa

There's always that person that says "yes" to a round of hot drinks, but never offers to make one. We suggest you *forget* to ask them next time....

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What's your favourite thing to hate about working in an office? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 10 November 2017

Profile On: Kiwi

As part of our Profile On series, this week we look at the exotic kiwi fruit, which is very popular at FFTO HQ! Read on to find out more.

What is it? 
Botanically a berry, it is New Zealand's defining agricultural product, even though it started life in China.

What does it look like?
It is a fuzzy fruit with a brown outside and a soft, green flesh on the inside. It has a distinctive white middle, with black seeds.

Other names?
Kiwifruit, Chinese gooseberry

Where's it from? 
The kiwis native to Northern China and was known as the Chinese gooseberry when it first arrived in New Zealand at the start of the 20th Century. When it came to export the fruit, to avoid the high duties charged on berries, the name was changed to kiwifruit, because of the shared characteristics with New Zealand's symbol, the kiwi bird, which is also small, brown and fuzzy. However, China is still the top producer, growing over 1.8 million tonnes in 2014. They are also available from California, and Chile.

When is it available?
Available for most of the year, the kiwi fruit is produced at the following times:

California - November to May
New Zealand - June to October
Chile - May to July

How do I eat it?
When purchasing, look for plump, fragrant kiwis that yield to gentle pressure. Avoid soft, bruised or shrivelled fruit.

You can eat your kiwi in a variety of ways. You can cut it in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon; or you can eat it like an apple, as the brown fuzzy skin is perfectly edible (just remember to wash!) However, if you don't like the texture, you can peel the fruit and cut into slices or wedges.

When ripening keep kiwi away from heat and sunlight. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

What does it taste like?
The taste can be anywhere from sweet to tart.

What are the health benefits?
Health benefits include maintaining healthy skin tone and texture, reducing blood pressure, and preventing heart disease and stroke. Containing just 54 calories, the kiwi is a great snack or light dessert.


Do you like kiwis? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 3 November 2017

Bonfire Night Treats

Bonfire Night is just round the corner, and we're sure you're on the look-out for some tasty treats to warm you up while you're watching the fireworks. You're in luck - read on to find out what we'll be making for Bonfire Night this year!

Toffee apples with chocolate, hazelnut and seeds

Serves 12
5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook

Ingredients
12 small red-skinned apples
12 lollipop sticks

For sesame seed toffee apples#
200g (7oz) demerara sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp golden syrup
20g (3/4oz) butter
30g (1oz) sesame seeds

For chocolate-coated apples
200g (7oz) plain chocolate (50% cocoa for best results)
2 tsp (per apple) roasted chopped hazelnuts

What do I do?
  1. Push a stick into each apple
  2. For the sesame seed apples, combine the sugar with 50ml of water over a low heat and allow the sugar to dissolve. Add the vinegar, golden syrup and butter into a pan. Stir with a wooden spoon on a medium heat to melt, then bring to the boil. Boil for 5-6 minutes. To test if the toffee is ready, put a drop of the mixture into water to see if it hardens. Remove from the heat, add the sesame seeds (or leave them for a classic toffee apple) and swirl the pan. Dip into the toffee to coat. Let any excess drip off. Put on an oiled baking tray to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. For the chocolate-coated apples, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Dip each apple into the chocolate to coat, and sprinkle with nuts. Put on a tray in the fridge to set. 

Hot buttered rum with apple, cider and cinnamon

Serves 6
Takes 10 minutes

Ingredients

40g unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp ground cinnamon
300g golden rum
300ml cloudy apple juice
600ml apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks, to garnish,
freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

What do I do? 

  1. In a large pan, melt the butter, maple syrup and cinnamon over a low heat.
  2. Increase the heat to medium, add the rum and leave to simmer for 1 minute. Pour in the apple juice and apple cider and heat for 2-3 minutes more, or until warmed through.
  3. Line up 6 heatproof mugs and put a cinnamon stick in each. Top up with the hot drink and service immediately, garnished with a little grated nutmeg.

What are you going to make for Bonfire Night? Let us know @office_fruit

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Spookily Good Hallowe'en Cookies

If you're looking for a spooky treat for Hallowe'en, look no further! These ghostly cookies are sure to be a favourite.

Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Level: Easy
Serves: 7-8

Ingredients

For the biscuits
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g golden caster sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
20g silver balls
20g popping candy

For decoration
White, black and grey sugar paste
100g icing sugar

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200c/180c/gas 6 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter in a bowl and beat with electric beaters until soft and creamy. Beat in the sugar, then the egg and vanilla, and finally the flour to make a dough. If the dough feels a bit sticky add a little more flour and knead it in. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for half an hour.
  3. Heavily flour a surface and cut the pastry in half. Roll out one half to 5mm thickness. Using a cookie cutter in the shape of a ghost (or any spooky shaped cutter you like), cut out 12 ghost shapes, which will make 4 cookies. Put the cut shapes on a baking tray lined with baking paper and put back in the fridge. Repeat with the second half of the pastry. Swap into the fridge, taking the chilled ghost biscuits out.
  4. Using a smaller cutter or a knife, cut a ghost-shaped hole in the middle of 4 of the biscuits on the tray, this is the space to store the surprise centre! Put these biscuits into the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes, until pale but cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the other tray.
  5. Once all the biscuits have cooled completely, they are ready to be assembled. Mix the icing sugar with 3 tbsp of water and mix well. It should be quite thick so add a little more icing sugar if the mixture is too runny. Take a biscuit without the centre missing, and spread or pipe a little icing around the edge. Press a biscuit with a centre missing on top, then sprinkle silver balls into the pocket that you have created. Spread icing on the edge of the second biscuit and press another whole biscuit on top. Set aside to firm up. Make sure you leave them for a while so they don't slide when you are finishing the decoration. 
  6. Once the biscuits feel firm and the icing has set, use the sugar paste to decorate them as you please, rolling it out, cutting it to shape and topping the biscuits. You may have to use a little of the icing to glue it down. Decorate with icing pens if you like.
  7. Enjoy!



Have you tried these cookies? Let us know @office_fruit

Adapted from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/halloween-pinata-biscuits

Friday, 20 October 2017

What does your email sign-off show about you?

If you work in an office, you no doubt use a computer, and if you use a computer, you most likely have to send emails! Email communication can be a mind-field, and we all have our own way of writing emails. Your sign off shows a lot about you, but it can also cause offence! So what does your sign-off say about you, and do you need to change?

1) Thanks, thank you
Saying "thank you" shows you are courteous, thoughtful and polite. However, ending every email in this way may be overdoing it, and depending on the context you may not need a thanks.

Be careful not to use a full-stop after a thanks, as this can come across passive-aggressive, and may not be received well! Try to stick to a comma, or an exclamation mark, to avoid any offence.

2) Cheers

"Cheers" is a casual sign-off which shows you are laid back, comfortable, and confident in communication with people online. This sign-off manages to still be professional, while giving off them impression that you are approachable.

However, this sign-off does not do well if the email is of a serious nature, so you might want to skip it if this is the case.

3) Have a great morning/day/evening/weekend

Although some people may find this insincere, if you add a line like this your emails, you genuinely want the best for people and have a positive outlook on life. The recipient of an email with a line like this is sure to feel positive after reading!

4) Kind regards/regards

These are one of the most common email sign-offs. It's not too formal or laid back, and it exudes confidence.

"Regards" is the more standard form, but some may add "kind" or "warm" on front. These are seen as more formal, so if in doubt stick to "regards" on it's own.

5) x

Unless the recipient is an office romantic interest, or you are very comfortable with your colleagues, you probably won't ending an email with a "kiss". If you do you will be seen as very open and familiar, and unless you have a good relationship with the recipient it may be seen as TOO familiar (and unprofessional).

6) Sincerely

"Sincerely" is a rare sign-off these days, as it's generally reserved for writing a letter. If you do write this on an email, you will be perceived as holding onto an outdated signature style.

7) No sign-off at all! 

This is a very casual way of ending an email. However, you may be seen as respectful and efficient - if you are in a long chain of emails; time-poor; or know the person you are emailing is super busy, leaving the extra line off will save those crucial seconds for both you to write, and the recipient to read.


How do you sign-off your emails? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 13 October 2017

4 Natural Immunity Boosters

It's that time of year where everyone starts to get the sniffles, and we all feel a little run down and sad about the incoming colder months! What natural things can we eat when we're feeling unwell and need a boost, or just want to avoid catching the latest cold?

1. Yogurt

Yogurt contains live active cultures, which are the healthy bacteria that keeps the gut and intestinal tract free from germs. You can take probiotics to supplement your diet, but having yogurt is a great way of including both calcium and live active cultures in your diet - win win!

2. Garlic

Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. A British study found that people who took a garlic extract for 12 weeks were 60% less likely to catch a cold. If you don't like loading your food with garlic, take a supplement containing garlic to get all the extra benefits.

3. Chicken Soup

When we're ill, people always want chicken soup; but are the curing benefits of chicken soup a myth? We're pleased to report it isn't! Researchers have found that chicken soup blocked the migration of inflammatory white cells, which is significant as cold symptoms are a response to the cells' accumulation in the bronchial tubes. The amino acid cysteine, which is released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, and the soups salty broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do. If you add other spices such as onions or garlic, this adds to the soup's immune-boosting power.

4. Tea

People who drank 5 cups of black tea for 2 weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting interferon in their blood than others who drank a placebo hot drink, said a Harvard study. The amino acid responsible for this is L-theanine, which is found in both black and green tea. You can also find it in decaf versions!



What's your favourite way to prevent a cold? Let us know @office_fruit!


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