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_

How to cook the perfect roast chicken

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

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

How to make a classic pork pie

A weekend project that will be well worth the effort

How to make rhubarb and custard tart

The perfect recipe to get spring started

How to make simple Scotch pancakes

An easy recipe to try on Pancake Day

porridge, pinhead oats, oats, recipes

How to make pinhead porridge with plum compote

A porridge to convert people who hate the stuff

How to make cheesy leek and sausage bread

A heavenly bread that’s guaranteed to melt your heart

How to bake a spectacular blood orange cake

A perfect cake for the cold winter months

Let office workers eat cake!

Don’t listen to the joyless meddlers who think sweet treats should no longer be a part of office life

clean eating

Clean eating has a dark side. Its gurus can no longer ignore it

‘There’s a slight irony to the whole thing, having never described myself as “clean”,’ Ella Mills says to Dr Giles…

How to make cranachan shortbread sandwiches for Burns Night

A sure-fire way to make this undervalued pudding star of the show on January 25

How to make rhubarb and custard jam

A sumptuous treat that takes almost no time at all

How to cook Stilton and broccoli bake

The ideal antidote to January diets

How to make last-minute fudge

The holy grail of eleventh hour Christmas presents

The flavours of Christmas past

From pigeon pie to ‘Twelfth Night’ cake, our festive culinary history is rich and eclectic

How to cook perfect crumpets

The trick to making faultless crumpets is surprisingly simple

Nutella bread recipe

A decadent treat that will lift spirits in lockdown.

A Christmas cake for people who hate Christmas Cake

How to bake sticky gingerbread wreath cake

How to cook baked potato soup

A proper weekend soup to warm you right through

How to make a smashing almond brittle

A sweet treat that won’t crack your teeth – honest!

How to cook classic canelés

These custard-filled cakes take the crème brûlée to the next level of deliciousness

How to bake Bonfire Night toffee apple cake

A surefire way of turning the perennially disappointing ‘treat’ into a thing of beauty

Don’t put jelly in my trifle — I may throw a wobbly

My recipe harks back to the one by Hannah Glasse in 1747

How to make smoky pumpkin and bacon soup

A reviving and delicious recipe, just in time for Halloween

How to make cheat’s risotto

A recipe to follow when the thought of doing anything other than opening and closing the oven door is overwhelming