Friday, 26 May 2017

Meet The Team: Office Administrator

In this week's instalment of our "Meet the Team" series, we meet Catherine, our Office Administrator! 

What is your job title?
Office Administrator

What do you do every day at work?
I place regular customer orders to ensure our customers receive their deliveries when requested. I also run regular reports for bulk orders from suppliers. Some days can be a lot more "manic" than others though - there is the odd day where anything and everything can go wrong, which completely puts a spanner in the works!

How long have you been with FFTO?
18 months

What is your go-to breakfast?
Porridge with blueberries

What do you do as soon as you get into work?
I'm usually in a bit earlier so I can make myself a cup of tea and have a chat with Vicky in accounts, before the day begins!

Lunch at your desk, or lunch out?
Lunch at my desk!

What's your favourite fruit? (or fruit snack?)
A bowl of red grapes and blueberries, with some yoghurt

Tea all day, or tea never?
Tea whenever it gets a bit chilly in the office!

Tell us one thing no one in the office knows about you (yet!)
I have Italian blood - we used to have the surname Morellini but they changed the name to Moreline to avoid being attacked. It was just after World War I when the Italians had sided with German!

What is your party trick?
I'm not sure if I still can, but I used to be able to quote Finding Nemo word for word....I spent lessons in school with my best friend taking it turns! Rock 'n' roll I know...

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why? 
A sloth...I can take things at my own pace but still get the job done!

Have any more questions for Cat? Let us know @office_fruit!  

Friday, 19 May 2017

Best Fruits You Should Be Eating For a Summer Body

It's that time of year when we're all gearing up to go on a sunny holiday, and we all want to look our best in the sun! Luckily for us, there's plenty of fruits that we can incorporate into our diet, that will help us with our bikini bodies, and give us that summer glow!

If you get hungry after meals, why not fill up on celery sticks? They're crunchy, so you'll feel like you've had a satisfying snack, and the water content helps fill you up with few calories. It will also help reduce water retention, which is always helpful when considering wearing a bikini! Cut a stalk into a few pieces, and you've got the perfect after-lunch snack.

Pineapples are not only delicious (especially in summer), but they contain a digestive enzyme called bromelain, which helps with bloating and gas. Eaten on their own or in a fruit salad, pineapples are great to replace your mid-afternoon sweet snack.

Grapefruits are a great summertime breakfast, as they are light yet filling. High in water content which helps hydration, they also contain vitamin C, which is important for skin health. They promote weight loss by reducing insulin levels, and they boost your metabolism!

Pears don't get as much love as they should! They help you stay regular and full, and they contain soluble fibre which help keep your digestive tract healthy. They are also full of heart-boosting potassium, and bone-strengthening calcium. Eat them alone or as part of a fruit salad.

Apples are great for you in a way you might not realise! Did you know they can help reduce cellulite? They are full of enzymes which aid the digestive process of breaking down and eliminating fatty deposits in the body's cells, which leaves you bikini-confident!

What are your favourite fruits for that summer glow? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 12 May 2017

How to peel an orange - have you been doing it wrong all along?

  Oranges are the most notoriously difficult to peel, and that's certainly the feedback we get from our customers! With complaints about them being messy, to downright annoying (orange juice in the eye, anyone?), they're a fruit that we've all struggled with at some point in our life. But what if we have been peeling them wrong all along?

What about being able to open an orange in 3 easy cuts? Well, as the below video will demonstrate, it might be just as simple as 1, 2, 3!

First, take a knife and slice off the base of the orange. Then slice off the top. Finally, cut halfway through the orange from top to bottom, allowing the fruit to open out. Look at all those segments!

Source: Life Hack: Fastest way to peel an orange by LifeHacks4You on Rumble

Will this humble trick mean oranges get a fairer chance in our clients' fruit boxes? Let's find out!

Have you tried this hack? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 5 May 2017

What fruit is your baby today?

You may think that's a weird title, but many people use fruit to work out how big their baby is during certain weeks of their pregnancy. Who knew fruit had so many uses! Following this chart, you could even buy the corresponding fruit each week to compare it to your bump!

If you are expecting, what fruit stage is your baby at? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 28 April 2017

May Bank Holiday Events

We hope everyone is looking forward to the long weekend! With the Bank Holiday coming up this Monday 1st May, take a look at our guide to the best events that are going on in London this weekend.

The Priory Arms May Bank Holiday Beer Festival
This is an easy numbers game. Over 100 beers, 11 keg beers, 20 real ales, 6 real ciders, over 70 bottles, four days, and one you!

Where? Priory Arms, 83 Lansdowne Way, London, SW8 2PB
When? Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Fri; noon-9:30pm Sat; 1-6pm Sun
How to get there? Tube: Stockwell
More info?

Field Day at Dinerama
A music festival where you actually make time to eat?! Who would've thought it. For one day only, Field Day are teaming up with Street Feast to take over Dinerama in Shoreditch. You'll be able to drink from the German Sex Dungeon to wash down a dish from Prawnography, finished off with a creamy dessert from You Doughnut. Dance off the innuendos with DJ sets from Erol Alkan, Django Django, Tim Burgess and Cowboy Rhythmbox.

Where? Dinerama

When? 12pm Sunday 30th April

Price? £10 on the door

More info?

Margarita Rumble
Celebrate London's best margaritas at the "Margarita Rumble" - to a grand ole fiesta brought to the capital from New York City's Craft Hospitality. See over 15 specially curated bars and restaurants and their top mixologists compete for the prestigious title of London's best Margarita and vote for you think should wear the crown?
Where? The Yard, 89 & 1/2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF
When? 12pm Sunday 30th April
Price? £35-£55
How to get there? Tube:Old St; Rail: Shoreditch Overground

German Bierfest London
London's biggest ever beer garden is on its way to Mile end for the German Bierfest. The 2000 seater "Biergarten" will be free to enter, but you'll have to fork out for giant beer steins. A £5 ticket will get you access to the Bavarian FestTent, where there will be wurst, a live DJ and a traditional Oomph Band. 
Where? Mile End Park, Burdett Road, London, E14 7EJ
When? 12pm Friday 28th April; 12pm Saturday 29th April; 12pm Sunday 30th April
Price? Free-£40
How to get there? Tube:Mile End

What are you getting up to this Bank Holiday weekend? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Meet the Team: Packer

In this next instalment of "Meet the Team", we introduce our longest-serving packer, Lee! Find out what his favourite fruit is, and why he has stayed with us for so long!

What is your job title?


What are your daily tasks?

Mainly sure all orders are packed correctly and efficiently, and other tasks like cleaning.

How long have you been with FFTO?

10 years!

What do you like about working here?

It's a laugh. Where the Dispatch Unit is quite small you get to know your workmates a lot quicker, and it makes it more enjoyable to work.

What's your favourite fruit? 

Strawberries. I love the melt in the mouth taste and how sweet they are.

What's your favourite vegetable?

I like broccoli. It's nice with a bit of gravy over it and has a nice taste.

If you were an animal, what you would you be?

Lion. I've got a heart like one! Not a lot really bothers me!

Got any questions for our packers? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Chocolate & Raspberry Tart

 If you're looking for an easy recipe to feed all those chocolate-lovers in your life over the Easter period, look no further! This chocolate and raspberry tart will be just what everybody desires! 

Serves: 10
Takes: 1 hour 10 minutes, plus chilling
Difficulty level: Medium

  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 175g cold butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250g fresh raspberries
For the chocolate filling:
  • 500ml double cream
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 300g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 2 large eggs
  1.  To make the pastry, sift the flour, cocoa powder and icing sugar into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Cube and add the butter and a pink of sea salt, then pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of cold water and pulse again, until the dough comes together.
  4. Tip out onto a floured surface and bring it together with your hands. Wrap it in clingfilm and chill for 20  minutes
  5. Preheat the over to 200 degrees Celsius/gas mark 6, and insert a baking tray to warm up.
  6. On a flour-dusted surface, roll out the pastry into a 25cm circle to the thickness of a pound coin.
  7. Using your rolling pin, lift the pastry and drape it over a 23cm loose-bottoms tart tin. Ease it into place, pushing the pastry right into the corners.
  8. Roll your rolling pin over the top of the tin to cut off any overhang, prick the base all over with a form, and return to the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  9. Take the tin out of the fridge and line it with greaseproof paper, then fill with baking beans or rice.
  10. Bake it in the over on the baking sheet for 15 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and return it to the oven for 5 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool.
  11. meanwhile, make the filling. Pop the cream and caster sugar in a pan, place it over a medium heat and bring it to the boil.
  12. Break the chocolate into a bowl, pour over the hot cream and stir until all the chocolate has been melted.
  13. beat the eggs, then stir them into the mixture.
  14. Scatter the raspberries into the cooled tart case, then pour over the chocolate filling.
  15. Return to the oven for 20 minutes, or until the filling is almost set but still has a little wobble in the centre.
  16. Leave on a cooling rack to cool completely, then ease the tart out of its tin, slice and serve.
Adapted from
Have you made this chocolate & raspberry tart? Let us know how it goes office_fruit

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