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Posted on March 04, 2019 by Grace Kreft

University starts back this week! Our Angel Delivery hampers are the perfect care package to send to students who are missing your home-cooked comforts and need a little help staying healthy.

Available for nationwide delivery to all of the university flats and halls, we've rounded up our most popular delicious hampers for students for you here... At least you know they'll be eating well!

"My daughter is studying law at Otago... I wanted to send her a care package that would boost her energy, cheer her up and be able to share some of the good cheer with her mates. The "Fresh Fruit and Wellness" hamper was the perfect choice to send - she was delighted and over the moon! There was plenty to share and it was good healthy nutritious food!” - Cathy


Our Student Survival Favourites

 The Ultimate Student Survival Box Click here

 Gourmet Soup Box Click here

 Fresh Fruit and Wellness Click here

 

Recipe - Valentines Day Home-Made Chocolates

Posted on February 11, 2019 by Grace Kreft

Did you know you can make delicious chocolates at home with just an ice-cube tray…?!

This is a really simple and fun way to make a thoughtful home-made Valentine's Day gift for a friend, partner, kiddies or teacher.

Pack them up in a cute box and tie with heart ribbon, to finish the gift off perfectly.


Here are the steps

   

  • Grab a silicone ice-cube tray. We used a heart shaped one, but there are lots of fun shapes available.
  • Melt your chocolate - we use good quality like Whittakers Dark Chocolate. Put around teaspoon of chocolate in each cube-hole, and use the spoon to spread up the sides (make sure there are no holes), then chill in the fridge until set.
  • Once chilled, fill each shell with a filling of your (or your valentines!) choice - don't fill right to the top. Try Nutella, peanut butter, raspberry jam, or peppermint creme (just mix icing sugar, peppermint essence to taste and a drop or two of water, to make a smooth consistency).
  • Top with more melted chocolate over the filling, make sure it's all sealed without holes or bubbles. Bang the tray on the bench to smooth the top, and chill again.
  • Once they are fully set, pop your choccies out of the ice-cube tray (silicone makes this very easy!) and enjoy with your valentine!

  • Happy Valentine's Day! xo


    If you get stuck, remember we have some gorgeous Valentine's Day hampers available to order for delivery directly to your Valentine or to a family you love on Valentine's Day. Order soon so you don't miss out on this popular delivery date - Click here to order.

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    Recipe - Our favourite lunch-box filler

    Posted on January 29, 2019 by Grace Kreft

    After a wonderfully long (or too long, depending on who you ask!) summer holiday, school finally returns back this week for most. One of the biggest challenges during this time can often be getting back into the routine of filling those lunch-boxes every day. It can be hard to think beyond sandwiches!

    We've dug out our old favourite pinwheel scroll recipe to share with you – they are pretty simple to mix up, and perfect to grab and pop into a lunch-box for a filling wee treat during the week (remmeber to include lots of fresh fruit & veges as well!). Here's the recipe...


    Ingredients:

  • 50g butter, chopped into small cubes (you can also grate the butter if you prefer)

  • 2 cups self-raising flour

  • 1 cup grated cheese (we use edam, but tasty would work well too)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, or dried mixed herbs (optional)

  • ¾ cup milk

  • Toppings (choose 2-3 toppings): Pesto, Tomato paste / pizza sauce, Tomato relish, Ham or salami, Cheese, Feta, Baby spinach leaves, grated veges, Corn
  • Method:

    Heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

    In a large bowl, add the flour and butter, and run-in the butter with your fingers until it's bread-crumb texture. Add the cheese, salt and parsley or dried mixed herbs (optional) and combine.



    Make a well in the centre, pour in the milk and mix it all quickly with a dinner knife until the dough comes together in a bowl.



    Tip the mix out onto a floured bench and bring together into a rough ball with your hands. Roll out with a rolling pin until it's around 25cm x 10cm in size, just under around 1 cm thick roughly.

    Add your toppings – spread evenly around the whole rectangle. We suggest starting with a sauce (relish or paste), then some veges/meat, and finish with cheese to stick it all together. It's fun to add a mix of toppings (meat, cheese & vege), but don't go too crazy loading up or the pinwheels won't hold together when baked. In ours in the photos, we have relish, baby spinach, courgette, feta and edam.


    Roll up your pinwheel from the longer side. Once rolled, cut along the log approx. 2cm rounds.



    Place the rounds on a greased or lined tray, leaving a little room between them for growth.

    Optional: You can add a milk / egg wash here if you want, which gives you a more golden finish in the oven.

    Bake for 10-12mins, until golden brown.

         

    ** Recipe adapted from an old favourite Woman's Weekly recipe.


    Helping to ease the load

    With school and work heading back this week it might be a hectic time for a family you love. Send them an Angel Delivery meal hamper might help ease the load (and fill the fridge) – we find the Family Meal Hamper (complete evening meal) is a favourite for this, or you can always go big with a whole week of meals delivered to their door with the Here to Help (for a whole week).

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    What are your New Years resolutions for 2019?

    Posted on January 08, 2019 by Grace Kreft

    We're back! Welcome to 2019.

    After a refreshing break with friends and family, we're thrilled to be back in the Angel Delivery office, ready to head into an exciting new year together. We hope you had an enjoyable break and happy holiday season too.

    As with most people at this time of year, our minds are turning to our New Years resolutions and goals. Although of course you can set goals and make plans anytime during the year, there really is something special about the New Year that presents a great opportunity to start fresh and create new habits going forward. A new year is like a blank canvas!

    With this in mind, we've been researching New Years resolutions, finding out a bit about what the most popular ones are and some tips on how to keep your resolutions after the fresh-start buzz of January fades, and we thought we'd share some of our favourite tips with you here...

                    

    Popular New Year Resolutions

    If you're looking for some inspiration for your New Year resolutions for 2019, research suggests some of the post popular ones this year include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise
  • Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Save money
  • Learn a new hobby
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Quit smoking
  • Read more
  • Tips for Keeping your Resolutions

    Stats suggest that while over 60% of people make New Years resolutions, only around 8% actually manage to achieve them! How can you set yourself up to succeed in your goals and resolutions for the year? Here are some ideas we found to share with you...

    • Choose one resolution to focus on – Don't go for a full life overhaul all at once. You're more likely to succeed if you pick one or two areas to focus on at a time.
    • Write them down – According to studies on goal setting, people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve it than those who don't.
    • Start small – When forming new habits, baby steps are key. If you want to start jogging, don't kick-off with a half-marathon, just try and get out for a 5 minute run and work your way up. Break your big goals into smaller attainable goals.
    • Reward yourself – Along the way set small milestones and reward yourself as you go. Don't beat yourself up if you take some missteps as you go – if you go off track, just get back on the wagon as quickly as possible (the longer you leave it, the less likely you'll resume).
    • Share with friends and family – Talk about your resolutions and plans with people, they'll be able to support you, but might also hold you accountable down the line – the guilt of being caught slacking off can be quite motivating!
    • Use technology to help – Lots of apps, blogs and websites are out there to help you remember, track and motivate your goals, make the most of what technology can offer.

    Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family

    One of our favourite popular resolutions is to keep in touch with friends and family. We wanted to share a quick tip that we have a special new hamper ready for order now, especially for those final beautiful weeks of the traditional summer holiday time in New Zealand.

    Our Summer Holidays Hamper is packed full of meals, treats and delicious extras - perfect to make beach day lunches, summer picnics or lazy late-night dinners a piece of cake (scrumptious lemon cake, that is!).

    Orders are open on our website now (click here to order), so you can send a hamper directly to friends or family with a personal note, or arrange one to be delivered to your own doorstop to lighten the load while you're travelling.

    If your new year's resolution or goals included reaching out, keeping in touch with friends and family, or aiming to show a little more kindness, sending an Angel Delivery hamper could be the perfect way to kick of 2019 the right way.

    Good luck with your resolutions for 2019!

      Tips for a clutter-free Christmas

      Posted on December 17, 2018 by Grace Kreft

      Christmas-time can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, and a big reason for this is simply the huge volume of “stuff” that comes along with it. Tacky decorations, piles of discarded wrapping paper, packaging galore, un-wanted gifts... While we love this time of year, we do find that Christmas always come with lots of stuff that we don't necessarily want or need – Kiwis spend over $6 billion on gifts at this time of year, and lots of it end up on the landfill. This got us inspired us to research some ways to aim for a clutter-free and minimalist Christmas, so we've bought together some of our favourite ideas here to share with you too...


      Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

      Here are some of what we think are the best clutter-free or minimalist gift ideas for this time of year. These gifts are also great for that "person who has everything". Best of all, lots of these gifts can be ordered last-minute this week.

    • Magazine Subscription - They'll probably share the magazines around with friends and family too after they've read them, so the gift keeps on giving!
    • Netflix or Spotify voucher - Good movies and music throughout the whole year.
    • Food gifts - It's safe to say, food is always an appreciated gift, and we love that it will end up in happy bellies, not the landfill. Our Angel Delivery Christmas hampers make perfect gifts, or order a regular delicious hamper to give someone a glorious week off cooking (what could be better?!).
    • Digital Vouchers – iTunes voucher, Amazon gift-card, Angel Delivery gift-card.
    • Zoo or Aquarium pass for their local attraction.
    • Experience gifts – Para-sailing, hot lap in a race-car, hot air balloon ride, concert ticket. Check out Red Balloon for some ideas.
    • Lessons or classes – Wine-tasting, dance classes, language course. Try to think of something they've been talking about giving a go, and give them a little push in the right direction.
    • Good Registry Gift voucher – At The Good Registry, you can buy Good Gift Cards, that can be redeemed by the recipient to make a donation to charity.
    • Gift Vouchers – A voucher for a massage would never go a-miss! And don't forget we offer Angel Delivery digital gift vouchers, sent via email.
    • Date-night box - Pop together a bottle of wine, some antipasto treats, a box of choccies, popcorn, a DVD or Netflix voucher, or movie tickets - and you could even add a babysitting voucher for them to redeem on the night if you're buying for parents.
    • Scratchies or a Lotto ticket – Just think, it could end up being a million dollar present!

    • Low-waste and clutter-free holiday season ideas

          

      Make sure you choose recyclable wrapping paper (you can't recycle shiny foil wrapping) – classic brown paper with twine looks really clean and modern. Or why not use fabric wrapping they can re-use, in the Japanese style called “Furoshiki” - click here for a tutorial we found online. Remember to save un-crinkled wrapping paper to use next year!

      Hand-make as many gifts as you can, to avoid unnecessary packaging and waste. Check out our post on DIY gifts here for some inspiraiton.

      Get a real Christmas tree – they smell and look great, plus they can be planted to be re-used next year or taken to the green-waste tip. Better than having more plastic in the house!

      Make your own decorations (glitter isn't good for the environment) - paper decorations, tied bows, or baked cookies look great on a tree (check out our Gingerbread cookie post for a great recipe for this!).

      Reduce leftover food waste by looking up recipe ideas to use leftovers (we found some good ideas here).

      Re-gift, donate to charity, or sell un-wanted gifts. Why not have a gifting box tucked away, where you store excess presents you know you won't use, so you can re-gift them throughout the year.

      Ask people for a wish-list of what they want, to avoid getting unwanted gifts.


      Remember, it's not too late to order the perfect minimalist gift of food, or an Angel Delivery e-voucher, on our website - click here to check out our 2018 Christmas hamper range, so your gifts end up in happy bellies, not the landfill.

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