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_

Mincemeat-baked apples: why end the indulgence?

Lockdown is the perfect excuse for this post-Christmas treat.

Florentines: just the lift we need after Christmas

These little caramelised, sparkling jewels are ideal for a quiet moment to yourself after the festive madness.

Everything you need for a New Year’s feast

Why not end 2020 with a culinary bang?

How to make the ultimate leftovers pie

Don’t let anything go to waste this Boxing Day.

How to make last-minute fudge

The holy grail of eleventh hour Christmas presents

Devils on horseback: the ultimate Christmas canapé

This old festive favourite deserves a revival.

10 subscription gifts for Christmas 2020

From socks to coffee, give them something to look forward to all year round.

Brandy snaps: the festive lift we all need

These cigar shaped treats are the ideal Christmas pick me up.

Toad-in-the-hole: don’t judge a dish by its name

Crisp batter and browned sausages are the key to this childhood classic.

How to make a substantial scotch egg

Mastering the perfect yolk is a fine art.

Braised lamb shanks: a flavoursome weekend one pot

Serve with mash, leafy green veg or even salty oven chips.

Cornflake Tart: a retro dish that conjures up schooldays

Food has the power to evoke nostalgia like almost nothing else.

The best Christmas dinner boxes for 2020

Wave goodbye to festive stress and serve up a glorious feast.

Devilled kidneys: Why I’m wild about offal

Bold flavours abound in this unsung dish.

The best advent calendars for every budget

From beer and stationary to lego, we’ve found something for everyone.

Chicken forestière: a simple yet sophisticated stew

If there’s any season that calls for this cosy, satisfying dish, it’s autumn.

Homemade Honeycomb: the perfect lockdown pick-me-up

Making honeycomb is the purest form of kitchen magic.

The kitchen gadgets you never knew you needed

From the genuinely useful to the gloriously superfluous.

Profiteroles: a comfort pudding for the Covid era

Make this retro dish your next culinary challenge.

Roast pork loin: a remedy for gloomy days

Roasts don’t come simpler – or more delicious – than this.

Bread-making needn’t be a bother

These six simple recipes will have you kneading your own loaves in no time at all.

The secret to mastering moist malt loaf

There’s only one way to pull off its distinctive chewy squish.

10 ways to use your Autumn apples

From toffee apples to crumble, put your apples to good use this season.

Nothing captures homeliness better than Apple Pie

This classic pudding is a simple and clear shorthand for comfort.

Homemade digestive biscuits are a revelation

This tea-dunking favourite is surprisingly simple to make yourself.