Monthly Archives: April 2014

What is a Fruit Compote?

Compote is a rich, thick, fruit sauce dessert which contains fresh or dried fruit that has been stewed and broken down in syrup containing sugar and other spices such as vanilla, cloves or cinnamon.  The fruit may be whole or pureed, fresh, frozen or dried.  When using dried fruit it will need to soak in water first. Compote recipes will sometimes include alcohol such as rum, brandy or liqueur.

Making a fruit compote is a great way to use up fruit before it spoils. Compote is a delicious sauce for topping ice cream, French toast, waffles, adding to yogurt, or even using as a substitute for jam.  The sugar content in compote is lower than that of jam so it is a healthier alternative and it is easier to make.

Plums, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Apples and Cherries are all fruits suitable for compote.  Compote can be made with just 1 variety of fruit or a combination of different fruits.

Below you will find a variety of fruit compote recipes:

Apple Compote
Blackberry Compote
Cherry Compote
Fresh Fruit Compote
Fresh Fruit Compote: The Perfect Pancake Topper
Strawberry Compote

If you try compote for the first time or have a recipe you’d like to share please leave a comment.

Administrative Professional’s Day 2014

Administrative Professional’s Day, also known as Secretaries Day, is a day set aside to draw attention to the important work done by administrative support professionals, in all industries across the board.  Many employers and supervisors take a few moments to show their appreciation for all of the work done by these professionals.

A bit of history:

During WWII, the United States saw an increase in the need for skilled administrative personnel and The National Secretaries Association was formed to emphasize the role of secretaries as well as other administrative assistants.  The group’s aim was to attract more people to administrative careers.  In 1981, the association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International and then in 1998, it changed to International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).  The name changes reflect the changing tasks and responsibilities of the members. IAAP continues to offer education and training to reach excellence in the business community.

National Secretaries Week began in 1952 with Wednesday of the week designated as National Secretaries Day.  In 2000, the IAAP renamed the events, Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to align with changing job titles as well as increasing responsibilities.

Administrative Professional’s Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of the last full week of April in the United States. It lands on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 this year.

Many organizations take this time to recognize the support staff with gifts. It is not uncommon to take administrative professionals out for lunch, allow them to leave early for the day, or give them flowers, candy or gift cards.  The IAAP recommends that organizations offer training opportunities for the administrative assistants.

Fruit BasketHere at Edible Fruit we think any combination of those signs of gratitude would be much appreciated but we also recommend the gift of delicious and healthy fruit.  A basket of fresh fruit, a bowl of berries or a deliciously beautiful edible arrangement would be a gift that could be shared at the office or at home with the family. The gift of fruit is not only delicious but it is healthy making it a good option even if your administrative professionals are following a weight loss plan or have dietary restrictions.

There is still time to place an order or create your own gift for the administrative professionals in your life.  Even a small gesture of appreciation can go a long way.