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Olivia Potts is a food writer and cook. She is Spectator Life's Vintage Chef and you can see some of her other writing here. She tweets @_Poots_

porridge, pinhead oats, oats, recipes

How to make pinhead porridge with plum compote

A porridge to convert people who hate the stuff

How to make cheesy leek and sausage bread

A heavenly bread that’s guaranteed to melt your heart

Let office workers eat cake!

Don’t listen to the joyless meddlers who think sweet treats should no longer be a part of office life

How to make cranachan shortbread sandwiches for Burns Night

A sure-fire way to make this undervalued pudding star of the show on January 25

How to make rhubarb and custard jam

A sumptuous treat that takes almost no time at all

How to make the ultimate leftovers pie

Turn your leftover turkey and ham into a spectacular pie on Boxing Day

How to make last-minute fudge

The holy grail of eleventh hour Christmas presents

The flavours of Christmas past

From pigeon pie to ‘Twelfth Night’ cake, our festive culinary history is rich and eclectic

How to cook perfect crumpets

The trick to making faultless crumpets is surprisingly simple

How to make Nutella bread

A decadent treat that makes for a perfect Christmas Day breakfast

How to cook baked potato soup

A proper weekend soup to warm you right through

How to make a smashing almond brittle

A sweet treat that won’t crack your teeth – honest!

How to cook classic canelés

These custard-filled cakes take the crème brûlée to the next level of deliciousness

How to bake Bonfire Night toffee apple cake

A surefire way of turning the perennially disappointing ‘treat’ into a thing of beauty

Don’t put jelly in my trifle — I may throw a wobbly

My recipe harks back to the one by Hannah Glasse in 1747

How to make smoky pumpkin and bacon soup

A reviving and delicious recipe, just in time for Halloween

How to make cheat’s risotto

A recipe to follow when the thought of doing anything other than opening and closing the oven door is overwhelming

How to bake creme brûlée cupcakes

Making cupcakes sophisticated involves light sponge and lashings of silky custard

How to bake perfect spelt bread

A recipe for bread that’s doesn’t require skill, implements or fancy ingredients

How to bake a messy but magical plum cake

Home baking is about cosiness, not perfection