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_

Liver, bacon and onion gravy

Combine smoky meat with caramelised onion for the ideal winter warmer

Roasted pineapple recipe

Vanilla and chilli pepper bring alive the flavour of the pineapple in this mouth-watering dish

Queen of Puddings recipe

Combine cherries and meringue to create this show-stopping dessert

Devilled eggs recipe

A dash of Tabasco and celery salt are the secret to pulling off this perfect party canapé

Lemon drizzle cake recipe

This light and zingy cake is refreshing in the heat and comforting in the drizzle

îles flottantes

îles flottantes recipe

This gentle French classic combines light merengue with vanilla custard and caramel

Greek salad recipe

With no cooking required, this is the perfect dish for a summer heatwave

Cherries Jubilee recipe

This royal dish combines cherries, brandy and ice cream and is due a summer revival

Banoffee Pie Recipe

We reveal the little known ingredient of a classic Banoffee Pie that will transform this popular dessert into something special

How to make the perfect picnic

From quiche to cake, we bring you all the recipes you need to pack a picnic to remember

Spaghetti and meatballs recipe

This household classic is the ultimate crowd pleaser whichever day of the week you make it.

Summer pudding recipe

Try adding gooseberries to this summer classic for an extra burst of flavour

Recipe: Hummingbird cake

Packed full of smushed ripe bananas and crushed pineapple, this cake is dense and moist, lightly spiced with cinnamon and stuffed with handfuls of chopped pecans.

Scotch eggs recipe

Scotch eggs are simple to make when you know how. Make in advance and pack for a lunch or picnic.

Hasselback Potatoes recipe

Guests are always disproportionately impressed by this easy and adaptable side dish

Recipe: Prawn Cocktail

It’s hard to take a prawn cocktail seriously. The pink, gloopy sauce, the (seemingly obligatory?) martini glass for presentation, the…

Recipe: Bakewell tart

Northerners take their puddings seriously: Eccles cakes from Manchester, sticky toffee pudding from Cartmel, and Bakewell tart from Derbyshire. These…

8 film & food pairings to liven up your movie nights

If it’s true that we eat first with our eyes, then watching films can be an exquisite torture: shots filled…

Recipe: Waldorf salad

You don’t see Waldorf salad so much nowadays. It’s a simple dish: raw celery, apple, grapes and walnuts, tossed in…

Recipe: Pink lemonade jelly

The onset of summer makes me feel giddy. And it seems from those piling into beer gardens and loading up…

Recipe: Spotted Dick for grown ups

Transform this school dinner staple into a sophisticated pudding with our Vintage Chef Olivia Potts

Percy pig turns vegetarian

On Wednesday, Marks and Spencer announced that their cult sweet-treat, Percy Pigs, had gone completely veggie. The fruit flavoured, smiling…

Recipe: Hot cross bun ice cream

Make the very most of those leftover hot cross buns and master a delicious Easter dessert

Recipe: Date & walnut cake

Vintage Chef Olivia Potts brings you a cake that eschews the multi-coloured glitz of instagram in favour of old fashioned flavour

Recipe: Blueberry muffins

Make breakfast the American way with these delicious blueberry muffins, from our Vintage Chef Olivia Potts

Recipe: Sticky toffee pudding

Vintage Chef Olivia Potts reinvents this family classic with a gloriously thick sauce and sponge infused with dates and mixed spice