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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_

Recipe: Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding

Buy extra hot cross buns and whip up the ultimate Easter pudding

Recipe: Chocolate Guinness cake

You’ll need something to soak up the St Patrick’s Day booze

The best Easter eggs for 2018

This year’s luxury chocolate eggs tasted and rated

Recipe: Victoria sponge

The Women’s Institute are sticklers when it comes to this classic cake, but there’s really no need to follow the rules

Recipe: Bara brith

How to bake speckled bread, a Welsh classic for St David’s Day

Recipe: Rhubarb fool

While rhubarb is in season, it would be foolish not to whip up this classic pud

Treacle tart recipe: a childhood treat for grown-ups to gorge on

It’s easy to dismiss this pudding as nursery food, but that’s part of its charm

Recipe: Chocolate fondant

A guaranteed way to melt your beloved’s heart on Valentine’s Day

Recipe: Perfect pancakes

Plus five ideas for indulgent fillings

Recipe: French onion soup

With slow and steady cooking, this classic soup is guaranteed to melt your heart

Recipe: Chocolate flapjacks

The classic sweet snack with added chocolate, orange and ginger

Recipe: Corned beef hash

Olivia Potts shares her version of this cheap and speedy classic

Recipe: Ultimate pasta bake

Slow-cooked ragu and a crispy topping are the stars of this comforting crowd pleaser

Recipe: Pineapple upside-down cake

An old fashioned classic to brighten up January

Recipe: Nut roast

When it comes to Christmas lunch, with so many other dishes jostling for attention, do vegetarians even need a culinary…

Recipe: three ways to spruce up brussels sprouts

Overcooking sprouts is the ultimate festive crime, but it doesn’t stop most of us doing it year on year.

Recipe: spiced red cabbage

A little judicious Christmas spicing can be completely glorious

Perfect presents for foodies

The ultimate gift guide for keen cooks and enthusiastic gourmands

Recipe: Christmas stollen

The advent calendars are out – and that means it’s also time for this delicious festive fruit bread

Go free range for turkey delight this Christmas

Olivia Potts visits one of Britain’s most outstanding turkey farms

Ditch the kitsch and give your Christmas vol-au-vents a modern makeover

These ones, on a Middle Eastern theme, make the idea retro canapé

Christmas sandwiches 2017: the best and worst

This year’s turkey sandwiches and veggie options tasted and rated