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Weekend Work: Time for winter pruning

Steamed pudding with prunes and pomegranate

Serves 4

Hidden jewels: Skye Gyngell's pomegranate recipes will brighten even the darkest days

Crack open the tough shell of a pomegranate and inside is a sweet yet sharp ruby-red treasure that's well worth excavating

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Nature Notebook: In France it is prized, as one of the supreme fruits of high summer

Grouse snacks

Serves 4

Plum and Earl Grey tea ice cream, by Morfudd Richards

Ingredients to serve 4

Forgotten Fruit, By Christopher Stocks

Surveying the cornucopia in our supermarkets, we may think that this is a time of unparalleled choice for fruit and vegetables, but the Victorians would have tutted at the Spartan monotony of our diet.

Pruning may feel like murder, but do it well and you'll have happier plants

Pruning is a bit like sculpting. Well, it’s as close as most of us will ever get to the Rodin experience anyway. You need to think about the shape that you are releasing from the mass of material in front of you. It’s not just a matter of hacking away growth that happens to be tripping you up on the garden path. When you are pruning you have to keep in your head a very clear idea of each shrub’s natural form and habit. If you don’t do that, then everything ends up looking the same, humps of barbered greenery, none of it allowed to express an opinion.

Plum Lucky, By Janet Evanovich

Janet Evan-ovich, inventor of the sassy-girl crime caper, has written over 18 novels and novellas featuring New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum.

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Plum Sykes's efforts to crack the potentially lucrative American TV market are in danger of falling victim to the credit crunch.

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A Venezuelan woman beat an American up in Beijing yesterday – don't worry, it was only tae kwon do

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There is more to the literary prowess of Transatlantic socialite Plum Sykes than we previously believed.

Plum sherbet

Serves 4
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