Braised belly pork with quince

Ingredients to serve 4

Come to a sticky end: Skye Gyngell's gooey and comforting winter-fruit desserts

Come mid-December, the variety of fruit on offer seems to reduce to not much more than citrus. But that's no problem; these winter fruits are beautiful in both appearance and taste. Quinces, too, provide a succulent cold-weather treat. Apart from blood oranges, most citrus fruits need to be cooked to bring out their palatability and flavour and can be roasted whole, as shown on the previous page. The three recipes here are very easy to make and will add a sense of warmth to almost any meal when it's chilly outside.

Blood oranges with warm honey and rosemary

Serves 4

Honey-roast salmon on toast

Makes 10

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Ingredients to serve 4

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Serves 6

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Nothing says the Seventies quite like a prawn cocktail, or the Ryvita woman skipping across TV screens with a tape measure for a belt. Nothing, that is, except the avocado bathroom suite which may soon be returning to a B&Q store near you. "Our research tells us that younger homeowners want to add personality to their homes," says the company's bathroom buyer.

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Growing in abundance in the hedgerows outside Petersham Nurseries, hidden within spiky and unforgiving bushes just by the River Thames, are these beautiful little tart, soft berries, black like ink, plump and heavy.

Blackberry, honey and polenta cake

Serves 8

Pet of the week: The bee

What's the buzz? This summer, if you want to get a low-maintenance "pet" with a free spirit who won't constantly be craving affection, then you need to start considering taking up beekeeping. Natural colonies in the wild have been all but wiped out, and whole species are under attack from a mite with a name more becoming of a cartoon villain – the Varroa Mite. Add to this the allegedly harmful effects of pesticides used in intensive farming, which get fed back into the hives, and it is easy to see how the bee population has been whittled away. It is only thanks to the efforts of beekeepers around the country that we have any bees in Britain at all. A sobering thought.

Bananas, strawberries and ricotta on sourdough

Serves 1 (just multiply the amounts according to how many are eating)

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Having been completely captured by Sicily myself when I travelled there two years ago, I can quite understand Matthew Fort's enthusiasm to get back to the island after a first visit 30 years previously. Because, as he points out in this wonderful travel tale interspersed with mouth-watering recipes, there is something not quite real about Sicily that is endlessly fascinating.

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