Friday, 23 June 2017

Jackfruit - The New Pulled Pork!

Jackfruit is the hottest fruit of 2017, and we can definitely see why! It's a sustainable vegan meat replacement, with a neutral taste that takes on whatever seasoning or sauce you pair it with. It also has a similar consistency to chicken or pork, and works particularly well with BBQ sauce. If you're vegan, vegetarian, or just want to try out a yummy meat-free dish, look no further than our BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches! Try out our recipe below (you won't forget it.)

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

Cook time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 x 10.6-ounce package plain jackfruit, rinsed and drained, and broken up with a spatula
  • 4 hamburger burns

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallow and saute for 3 minutes, until softened.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add the ketchup, honey, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and chilli powder. Stir for 3 minutes until well combined. Add the jackfruit and heat through for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer a quarter of the jackfruit to each of the buns, and serve while hot. 

Have you tried pulled jackfruit? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Profile On: Pomegranate

What is it?
It is a shrub that produces a red fruit.

What does it look like?
It has a round shape, like an apple, with a hard, shiny skin blushed with red or yellow. Inside, it contains edible white seeds which are held in jewel-like, ruby-coloured sacs filled with sweet, juicy flesh. The sacs themselves are packed in a bitter, pale yellow pith. The best pomegranates are those with unblemished, shiny skins. Those that feel heavy for their size are the juiciest. Avoid any with soft patches.

Other names?
Their Latin name is Punica granatum.

Where's it from?
Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the area from Northern India to Iran.

When is it available? 
It is available all year round.

How do I eat?
Cut the fruit open across its middle, then holding a half over a bowl, cut-side down, bash the skin with a rolling pin. The seeds should pop out. To extract the juice, put the seeds in a sieve and press out the juice with the back of a spoon. Avoid crushing the sac membranes too much as they can taste bitter. Be careful when preparing pomegranates, as the juice stains.

What does it taste like?
The taste depends on the variety of fruit and the degree of ripeness. The seeds can vary from a little sour (similar to ripe cherries) to fairly sharp (similar to uncooked cranberries).

What are the health benefits?
They are among the healthiest fruits around, and they have had a big surge in popularity over the past couple of years, for many reasons. They contain mountains of nutrients, such as fibre, protein, Vitamin C and potassium. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and they may also lower blood pressure. What's not to love!

Do you love pomegranate? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is coming up on Sunday 18th June, and while we're sure you're already sorted we decided to give you a few ideas for those *extra* presents....!

For the Posh Dad who loves champagne, why not treat him to a Moet & Chandon basket! We're sure he'll be delighted to tuck in.

£79.99 - Moet & Chandon Basket

For the Geeky Dad who loves to cook, these Star Wars lightsaber BBQ tongs will be everything his inner child could desire!

£29.99 - Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs
For the Photographer Dad, why not give him the gift of portable coffee while he's out and about taking snaps with this camera lens mug! (Coffee and cookies not included.)

£14.99 - Camera Lens Mug
For the Geeky AND hard-working Dad, this R2 D2 desk hoover will keep his space (get it!?) nice and clean!

£14.99 - R2 D2 Desk Hoover

For the Techy Dad, this Lenco docking station which acts as a speaker, dock and alarm clock will be sure to keep him awake and dancing!

£19.95 - Lenco Docking Station Speaker & Alarm Clock

For the Chef Dad, this spicy curry night subscription package will be sure to make his Friday nights full of flavour!

£22 - Three Month Friday Night Curry Subscription

What have you got your Dad for Father's Day? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 2 June 2017

Making the most of your commute

For many of us that work we have to do some kind of commute. For a lot of people that includes trains and buses. We could look at that time as dead time, wasted time, but wouldn't it be great to make the most of that time so that we can make the most of our day? Here are some great ways that you can make the most out of your commuting time, whether it is 10 minutes or 2 hours!

Broaden your mind with podcasts
Podcasts are a great way to catch up on current events, learn things you didn't know (like a new language!) or just have a chuckle along with some funny topics. Our favourites are Stuff You Should Know; The Unlimited Spanish Podcast; The Tony Robbins Podcast; The Documentary; and Money Box. All can be found on iTunes. If you have any great podcasts you would like to share, let us know in the comments!

Chill out with some meditation
There are a few meditation apps on the market that include a travelling option, to help you relax and enjoy your journey. Considering how stressful travelling can become, this is definitely a bonus as it helps you arrive at your destination chilled out and refreshed. Just what we all need! Our favourite app is Calm.

Organise your mind with lists
If you're one of those people that are constantly thinking about what they need to do, where they need to be, and who they need to talk to, why not spend your time making lists? Whether to-do lists, or reminding yourself what you've done that day, by using this spare time to prioritise and organise you will certainly reap the benefits! 

Reply to all those texts!
If you've got a bustling social life, you will know how difficult it can be to juggle all those conversations! Why not take this time to reply to all those people you have left hanging? Even if you are underground, once they are all queued up they will send as soon as you get some signal. Simple!

Catch up with a great book
Why not use your commute to dive into a great book? Whether a physical book, kindle, or audio book, you're sure to find something that you'll enjoy, and believe us when we say the time will whizz by!

What do you do to pass the time on your commute? Let us know @office_fruit

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
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