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: The perfect peach melba

A peach of a pudding

28 Jul 2017

How to make perfect pissaladière

Olives, anchovies and onion combine in this classic dish from the south of France

21 Jul 2017

How to make the ultimate Eton mess

A fine mess to get stuck into

14 Jul 2017

How to make panzanella

The tastiest soggy bread you’ll ever eat

7 Jul 2017

How to make meringue nests

The perfect vehicle for your favourite berries

30 Jun 2017

How to make simple pistachio ice cream

No churning required!

23 Jun 2017

How to cook roasted peaches with bay, honey and amaretti

Bay leaves work wonders when paired with honey and fruit

16 Jun 2017

Naff? Coronation chicken is a right royal treat

It’s time to rescue ‘Poulet Reine Elizabeth’ from downmarket sandwich counters

14 Jun 2017

How to make perfect pâté

A classic chicken liver pâté is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser

9 Jun 2017

How to make smoked salmon and asparagus quiche

Done properly, quiche is the perfect summer dish

2 Jun 2017

How to make perfect tiramisu

A simple recipe for the ultimate pick-me-up

26 May 2017

How to make perfect mayonnaise

Because sometimes it’s worth the effort

19 May 2017

How to make classic lemonade

Plus three twists on the traditional recipe

12 May 2017

How to make simple potato salad

Get this summer staple just right

5 May 2017

How to make lemon posset

The ultimate fuss-free pudding

28 Apr 2017

How to make perfect English muffins

Add a dollop of Marmite for a delicious twist on a classic recipe

21 Apr 2017
An overhead close up shot of a roasted leg of lamb and vegetables garnished with rosemary twigs.

How to cook slow roast Easter lamb

The ultimate showstopper for Easter Sunday lunch

12 Apr 2017
a simnel cake

How to make Easter simnel cake

The traditional Easter fruit cake made simple

7 Apr 2017

How to make perfect chocolate mousse

Every cook needs a foolproof pudding recipe

31 Mar 2017

How to cook the perfect roast chicken

If treated properly, roast chicken is glorious: golden and impressive

24 Mar 2017

Stage your very own Easter rising — bake hot cross buns

Ignore the tempting shop displays… these buns will come up plump and round

23 Mar 2017
rolls of cheddar flavoured irish soda bread

How to bake simple cheddar soda bread

A cheesy twist on the recipe for the classic Irish loaf

17 Mar 2017

How to make a classic pork pie

A weekend project that will be well worth the effort

10 Mar 2017

How to make rhubarb and custard tart

The perfect recipe to get spring started

3 Mar 2017

How to make simple Scotch pancakes

An easy recipe to try on Pancake Day

24 Feb 2017
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How to make pinhead porridge with plum compote

A porridge to convert people who hate the stuff

17 Feb 2017