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: Seed Cake

Strongly-flavoured cakes are out of fashion, but this old classic deserves to be rediscovered

Recipe: S’Mores

The American campfire treat that’s perfect for Bonfire Night

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

An all-American classic for autumn

Recipe: Mince & Dumplings

Our Vintage Chef rediscovers a childhood favourite

Recipe: Parkin

Be prepared for Bonfire Night with a delicious Yorkshire ginger cake

Recipe: Poached Pears

Poach your pears in red wine for a visually stunning and tasty dessert

Recipe: Spiced Apple Cake

The ultimate cake for the autumn months

The best artisan workshops

From breadmaking to calligraphy, people across the country are giving old school pursuits a go

Recipe: Kedgeree

The most regal of all Anglo-Indian dishes

Recipe: Shakshuka

A spicy dish that’s perfect for a long weekend breakfast

Recipe: Peach and blueberry cobbler

Cobblers are a particular favourite in the Deep South, and this is a classic combination.

Recipe: Niçoise Salad

Adding tuna steak makes for a luxury version of this classic French salad

Recipe: Limoncello Syllabub

An impressive pudding that can be whipped up in no time

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes

An American pudding that is unapologetically sweet

Recipe: Courgette Cake

Have a break from carrot cake and go green instead

Recipe: Coconut Ice Cream

Delicious homemade ice cream with no churn required

Recipe: Macaroni Cheese

A comforting main course – or an ideal barbecue side dish

Recipe: Cherry Clafoutis

A French flan that is the perfect showcase for summer fruits

Recipe: Amaretti Biscuits

How to make the classic Italian biscuit (minus the fire hazard)

Recipe: Cheese Soufflé

A recipe that rises to the occasion every time

Recipe: Apricot Tart

A sweet treat that’s perfect for the sunny summer months

Recipe: Viennese Whirls with Dark Chocolate

A retro bake that’s ideal for beginners to have a go at

Recipe: Cheese & Onion Quiche

When it comes to quiche, only homemade will do

Recipe: Baked Vanilla Cheesecake

How I finally learned to love baked cheesecake

Recipe: Perfect Jam Tarts

How to get the ultimate picnic treat just right

Recipe: Croque Monsieur

A little bit of effort is worth it for the ultimate toastie