Friday, 24 March 2017

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

It's Mother's Day this Sunday (that's the 26th March!!), and some of us leave these things to the last minute....if that's you, here are some ideas for last minute Mothers' Day presents that your mum will love!

Molton Brown Trio Handcream Set - House of Fraser - £25
Home Collection Fresh Linen Votive & Candle set - Debenhams - £15

Champagne Cinema Evening for 2 - Virgin Experience Days - £36.25

Medium Sewing Box - Hobbycraft - £18

What did you get for Mother's Day? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shamrock Juice

Happy St Patrick's Day fruity people!! If you're looking for a cocktail recipe to blow your socks off, you've come to the right place. Read on to find out more about this potent blue drink...

You'll need:
  • 1/2 ounces gin 
  • 1/2 ounches white tequila
  • 1/2 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • 4 ounches freshly squeezed orange juice
  • An orange slice or cherries (for garnish)
  • A glass or pitcher

Pour in all the spirits, and top with orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice or cherries. And done!

Adapted from:

What are you doing for St Patrick's Day? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 10 March 2017

Meet The Team: Our General Manager!

This week we're starting a brand new blog series, where you get to meet the Fruit For The Office team! Find out more about the people behind your regular fruit deliveries...This week we meet Helen!

 What do you do every day at work?
A bit of everything … recruitment, health & safety assessments and paperwork, liaise with the overnight dispatch unit team on operations and customer feedback, assist team with customers feedback or queries, liaise with Directors on business needs, team appraisals, oversee general operations … and make the tea!

How long have you been with FFTO?
Almost 2 years!

What is your go-to breakfast?
I always start my day with a supplement shake, made with soya milk, which gives me all the nutrients, vitamins and energy that I need to start my day. I truly believe breakfast to be the most important meal of the day – I often add a few berries to mix the flavours up too!

What do you do as soon as you get into work? 
Log onto my pc and then put the kettle on!
Lunch at your desk, or lunch out?
Either, or! If the sun is shining, I like to go out for a quick walk – the fresh air gives me a boost for the afternoon.  

What's your favourite fruit?
Either a perfectly ripe banana or raspberries!

Tea all day, or tea never?
Berry tea all day!

Tell us one thing in the office knows about you? (yet!)
Back in 2008, I got through to the 3rd stage in The Apprentice application process! (a lucky escape, I think!!)
What is your party trick?
… I don’t have one (other than balancing 2 x kids, work & a house renovation?!)

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
Such a difficult question!! … Maybe a tiger? They are protective of their young, can be playful, but majestic and have a fierce side when needed!

Do you have any other questions for Helen? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 3 March 2017

What Your Favourite Coffee Says About You

Those of us who drink coffee tend to have a go-to favourite coffee drink. Whether it be a straight up espresso, or a fancy frappuccino, there's always that one drink that we grab to get our (much-needed) caffeine fix. But if you've ever wondered what your preferred coffee drink says about you, well, you're in the right place!

Black Americano
If you're a fan of the black americano, you enjoy a minimalistic lifestyle, and you have a straightforward approach to life. You might also be quiet and prone to mood swings. With this simple drink you can start your day without chaos or nonsense!

Those who like espressos like to work hard, and play hard. You love taste of coffee, and don't need milk or water to change it! The quick shot of caffeine that espresso gives you pumps you up for your no doubt hectic day ahead!

If your favourite drink is a latte, then you are probably a very laid back person! You have trouble making decisions as you don't like to over analyse details. You like your morning comforts, and a long milky latte is the ultimate comfort!

Cappuccino lovers are sophisticated, and are polished and put together. You enjoy a creative mindset, and very social. Your morning cappuccino sets you up for a day of creativity and style.

Iced coffee 
If your go-to is an iced coffee, you are an assertive person, and have a take-charge attitude. You've got no time for pettiness or drama, and you are confident in expressing your opinions. Who cares about the weather - you'll drink it come rain or shine!

Frappuccino drinkers are adventurous, spontaneous and live in the moment. You are a happy person with lots of positive energy, which makes you the star of your social circle!. You have plenty of energy without caffeine, but a frappuccino makes coffee fun!

What's your favourite coffee drink? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 24 February 2017

Easy Peasy Pancakes

With Shrove Tuesday coming up on Tuesday 28th February, we were on the hunt for a pain-free way of making some pancakes this year. This super easy pancake recipe means you don't have to weigh anything - just stick it all in a mug and hey presto! Pancake Day is sorted! Try this super easy recipe, which cooks 8 pancakes in 15 minutes.

  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Sea salt
  • 200g blueberries
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  1. Crack the egg into a large mixing bowl
  2. Add the flour, milk and a pinch of sea salt
  3. Whisk everything together until you have a smooth batter
  4. Fold through the blueberries (if using).
  5. Put a large frying pan on a medium heat and after a minute or so, add 1/2 tablespoon of oil
  6. Tilt the pan to spread the oil evenly
  7. Add a few ladles of of batter to the pan, leaving enough space between each one so they have room to spread out slightly - each ladleful will make one pancake, so you will need to cook in batches
  8. Cook the pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes, or until little bubbles appear on the surface and the bases are golden, then use a flat spatula to carefully flip them over
  9. When the pancakes are golden on both sides, use a flat spatula to transfer the pancakes to a plate.
  10. Repeat steps 5 to 9 with the remaining batter, adding 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the pan between batches, if required
  11. Serve the pancakes straight away, topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt, and some extra berries.

Adapted from:

How do you make your pancakes? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 17 February 2017

Desk Organisation

When you work in an office, the place you spend most of your time is at your desk. It can soon get cluttered with those every day things - coffee cups, water bottles, a hundred pens that never seem to be used up. Sometimes we find ourselves drowning under paperwork. For those of us that need some help organising our desk (and keeping it organised!), here are some top tips to ensure you never have to do that last-minute-tidy-up-before-the-boss-comes-to-my-desk again...

Create A Physical Inbox

Although this may seem obvious, having a place to put those papers that you *have* to have on your desk will free up a lot of space. Paper trays will help, and if you have a lot of different types of papers to keep organised, a layered paper tray is perfect.

Bin That Rubbish!

This is another obvious one, but if the nearest bin to you is not immediately next to your desk, you are more likely to use other areas, such as drawers or the desk itself, to store those pesky crisp packets, apple cores and drink bottles. Why not invest in a bin to put next to your desk, or if you are not allowed one, a desk bin may be just what you need! Keeping the rubbish off your desk, and in the bin, will also help the area look and feel clean.

Schedule Regular Cleaning Time

Taking a couple of minutes out of your work day to clean and tidy your desk will save hours in the long term. Choose a time that works for you, either when you first get into work or just before you leave, to quickly remove any empty cups, unnecessary paperwork or rubbish, and give a quick swish round with a cleaning wipe.
Keep Pictures, Not Post Its

Post its are a great way of reminding yourself of tasks you need to do, and even passwords, but they can quickly build up.. Instead, try taking a photo of the information on your phone, so you can quickly refer back to them without creating clutter.

Scan Documents

There are some documents which you need to keep copies of (for example tax documents) but you don't need the physical copy. If that's the case, instead of having folders of unnecessary documents, why not scan them into your computer, and keep them in an electronic folder. As long as they are clearly named, you will be able to find them whenever you need to - result!
Keep Those Drawers Organised

If you are lucky enough to have drawers under your desk, try keeping them organised with draw dividers. You can buy them, or create your own using plastic containers. Keeping everything separated will help you find what you're looking for so much faster!

What are your favourite desk organisation tips? Share them with us @office_fruit

Friday, 10 February 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

 If you've got a significant other to buy for, or you want to make an impression on that special someone who's not quite yours yet, maybe our gift guide will help steal someone's heart!

For her:

Moet & Chandon Basket - £79.99

Personalised Fineapple Mug - £9.99

Please Bring Prosecco Socks - £14

Teddy and Fruit Basket - £37.99

For him:

50 Sheds of Grey - £9.99

Chocolate Game Controller - £4.95

Stormtrooper Decanter - £21.99

Mini Cactus Set - £9.97

What are you buying that special someone for Valentine's Day? Let us know @office_fruit

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