Dry season: Add an extra dimension to your fruit intake with Skye Gyngell's sweet snacks

There's still very little fresh fruit in season right now – blood oranges are few and far between and quinces have left us now, so we wait for loquats and the first apricots to arrive. What is not to be underestimated, however, is the use of dried fruits in the kitchen. Almost all fruit can be dried, although their flavour does change dramatically: the sugar content becomes intense and it changes their flavour – though that does not prohibit the goodness of their taste. Buy in small quantities and keep in airtight jars. Look for fruit that is dried as naturally as possible with little added sugar. 1

St Clements crêpe soufflé

Serves 4

Pomegranate with blood oranges and dates

Serves 6

Small Talk: Asian Citrus finds orange market ripe for growth in China

China is typically a long way behind Spain, Brazil or the US when most British people think of orange-producing countries. But Asian Citrus Holdings, an Aim-listed orange producer, is delivering profit growth from the fruit in the world's most populous country.

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Serves 4

The ten best juicers

Start the new year with a glass of home-squeezed orange juice or skip breakfast and indulge in a scrumptious smoothie...

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Cranberry sauce

Serves 8

Early warming system: Skye Gyngell reveals her favourite recipes for cold winter days

What better way to prepare for the cold months ahead than by settling down to a hearty meal? This week and next, Skye Gyngell presents her favourite winter warmers

Raspberry and orange pudding

Serves 4

Blue / Orange, Arcola Theatre, London<br/>Novecento, Donmar Trafalgar, London<br/>Macbeth, Barbican Pit, London

Two psychiatrists, tasked with helping a troubled girl, have enough hang-ups of their own

Let's play squash: Pumpkins are for life &ndash; not just Halloween

By turning them into lanterns and wasting their juicy flesh, we&rsquo;re missing a tasty trick

Roasted quinces with verjuice and plums

Serves 4

Freedom at last, after centuries of Dutch rule

This island has just cut its colonial ties with the Netherlands. But the legacy will live on in this colourful part of the Caribbean. Adrian Mourby reports

Fall rushes in: Are autumnal colours a feast for the senses, or a depressing reminder of winter?

Small garden shrubs and trees are often described as having "autumn colour", as if it was unquestionably a positive boon. Unlike David Randall (see pages 16-21) I'm not sure. This is going to sound grumpy, but autumn colour in a tree can go one of two ways for me. I mean, it's delightful to see those bright reds and oranges. But it can be a depressing reminder that we're only going one way: towards winter.

Pip, pip!: Don't just plump for the usual apple tree, there are so many delicious varieties to choose from

Next time you sink your teeth into a crunchy Cox apple, spare a thought for Richard Cox, a retired brewer and besotted gardener, who grew the first Cox apple tree from the pip of a Ribston Pippin in 1826. The new apple would never have been known outside Slough without the help of the Duke of Devonshire's gardener, Joseph Paxton, who in the middle of the 19th century became the first president of the British Pomological Society.

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