Thursday, 23 May 2019

What are we doing to help the environment?

There is no understating the importance of looking after the environment, and companies and consumers alike are becoming more and more aware of their impact on the environment. That's why we have decided to partner with the charity Forest Carbon, who are helping us offset our carbon emissions by planting trees and creating woodland in the UK.

So why is this so important?

Not only does creating more woodland help capture CO2, a UK woodland also has other benefits, such as biodiversity, floor management, the enhancement of the landscape, water and air quality and recreation. For every tree that is planted, we are helping the general health of our environment, and are contributing towards the UK's emissions reduction targets.

You can follow our progress on our public profile here.

Packaging

However, we are also taking steps in other ways. All our packing is biodegradable and from sustainable sources; however, if you would like your orders to be packaged without bags, just let us know and we can do that.






Have any questions about what we're doing to help the environment? Get in touch @office_fruit!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Meet the Team: Our new admin assistant

We are resurrecting our series "Meet the Team" as we want to introduce you to our new admin assistant, Shannnan! Read on to find out a bit more about our newest member of the FFTO team...

What do you do every day at FFTO?

I answer phone calls, place the orders, take enquiries, and answer any customer emails.

How long have you been with FFTO?

Nearly a month!

What is your go-to breakfast?

It can vary between a banana, and a bacon sandwich!

What do you do as soon as you get into work?

I fill up my water bottle. You should always keep hydrated!

Lunch at your desk, or lunch out?

I tend to eat at my desk

What's your favourite fruit? (Or fruit snack?)

Melon! There are so many varieties and they're always tasty

Tea all day, or tea never?

I drink tea occasionally.

Tell us one thing no one in the office knows about you (yet!)

I do makeup looks as a hobby.

What is your party trick?

I can eat a whole cheeseburger in one.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?

I would be a slot for obvious reason!



Have any questions for Shannan? Let us know @office_fruit! 


Friday, 3 May 2019

Vegan Jelly Sweets

These jelly sweets are amazing - not only are they vegan as there's no gelatin, but they are made from fruit juice! The below recipe makes 24 sweets, and they are only 12 calories each! Read on to find out how to make them...

What do I need?
Fresh Juice (any flavour you like!) 250ml
Agar agar powder, 1 heaped tablespoon
A sweetener of your choice, eg maple syrup, 2 tablespoons
A mould (this can be in any shape you like, but we recommend finding some fun ones!)

How do I make it?

  1. Place the mould in the freezer
  2. Pour the fruit juice into a pan
  3. Stir the agar and agar and sweetener into the juice until dissolved
  4. Bring the mixture to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring constantly
  5. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool for 2 minutes
  6. Pour the mixture in the moulds, and place into the freezer
  7. Freeze for 5-10 minutes, and remove the mould from the freezer once the mixture is solid. 
  8. Pop the sweets out of the mould
  9. These are fresh sweets so they do not have a long life like other sweets. Store in the fridge and they will keep for up to 3 days.

The great thing about these sweets is you can really play around with the flavours!



Recipe adapted from:https://www.nestandglow.com/healthy-recipes/fruit-juice-jelly-sweets


Have you tried this recipe? Let us know @office_fruit!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Most Eggstravagent Easter Eggs!

It's almost Easter! We hope everyone is gearing up for a lovely weekend. Here's our guide to some of the most luxurious Easter eggs we're hoping to receive this year!

Selfridges - Artisan Milk Chocolate Egg 200g - £29.99

Hotel Chocolat - Hard-Boiled East Egg Brownie - £15

Hotel Chocolat - Ostrich Easter Egg - Classic - £80

John Lewis - Holdsworth the Renaissance Easter Egg 300g - £15

Artisan du Chocolat - Milk Chocolate Chest Easter Egg 250g - £23.50
Which Easter Egg are you hoping to receive this year? Let us know @office_fruit!

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Strawberry Protein Bites

These delicious strawberry protein bites are remarkable for two reasons: they are a brilliant, healthy pre-workout snack; not only that, but they only have two ingredients! They are so easy to make you can even make them in different flavours!

What do I need?

  • 425g precooked haricot beans
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (or any other berries you fancy!)


How do I make them?

  1. Rinse the haricot beans, and trim and wash the strawberries
  2. Blend in a blender until the mixture is creamy
  3. Pour the mixture into molds
  4. Freeze for an hour
  5. Eat!
These bites can be kept frozen and are edible for at least 3 days.



Adapted from: https://greensmoothiegourmet.com/2-ingredient-strawberry-protein-pre-workout-bites/


Have you tried these bites? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 5 April 2019

Profile On: Blood Orange

In our latest instalment in our Profile: On series, we take a look at the blood orange!

What does it look like?

The blood orange has a distinctive maroon, dark flesh, which gives it its name. This unique colour is due to high levels of anthocyanins. The skin can be the colour of ordinary oranges, although they can also be a bit darker depending on the variety.

Are there different types?

Yes, there are 3 types of blood orange:

Tarocco - This variety is native to Italy. The name is believed to be derived from an exclamation of wonder expressed by the farmer who was shown this fruit by its discoverer. It is referred to as half-blood as the flesh is not accented in red pigmentation as much as the Moro and Sanguinello varieties. It is one of the most popular blood oranges due to its sweetness and juiciness.

Sanguinello - This variety was discovered in Spain in 1929, has a reddish skin and is known as a "full-blood" orange. Where grown in the Northern Hemisphere it matures in February.

Moro - The Moro is the newest variety of blood orange. It has the most colourful, deep flesh of the varieties mentioned here, and its rind has a bright red blush. The flavour is stronger and the aroma is more intense than a normal orange. It is also more bitter. It is believed to have originated at the beginning of the 19th century in a province of Sicily.

Where's it from?

They are thought to have originated in the southern Mediterranean, where they have been grown since the 18th century. The deep colour develops from low temperatures at night, such as during the Mediterranean fall and Winter.

When is it in season?

The blood orange is typically in season from December through to May, although the different types are available at different times. The Moro variety is available from December through to March, and the Tarocco is available from January through to May.

What does it taste like?


It has a unique flavour compared to other oranges - they have a raspberry-like taste along with the usual citrus notes.

What are the health benefits?

The high levels of anthocyanins means blood oranges are filled with antioxidants, and they are also rich in vitamin C like other citrus fruits. They are also less acidic than common oranges, which may be beneficial to people who have to avoid acidic foods and drinks.

How do you eat it?

You peel a blood orange and eat the segments like a normal orange, but you may find the skin is tougher and harder to peel.

These oranges are often used to create marmalade, or used in baking.

Did you know?

The blood orange is a natural mutation of the orange, which itself is a hybrid, probably between the pomelo and the tangerine.





Do you love blood oranges? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019

Mother's Day is coming up, so for that mother (or mother figure) in your life, why not treat her to some of the below. Go on, make her day!


Elizabeth Arden "Advanced Ceramide" daily youth restoring serum capsules - Debenhams - £34 for 30

The Old Curiosity Secret Garden Gin - Lavender and Echinacea - Prezzybox - £35.95

Tiny Paper Daffodil in a Bottle - Not on the High Street - £10

Rose Scented Soy Candle - Etsy - £24 for large

The Classic Fruit Basket - Fruit For The Office - £24.99

Jo Malone London Cologne Collection Fragrance Gift Set - John Lewis - £70

What have you bought as a treat for your mum this Mother's Day? Let us know @office_fruit!

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