How to make beer-infused mince pies

Award-winning pastry chef Eric Lanlard shares his recipe for boozy mince pies

How to cook perfect crumpets

The trick to making faultless crumpets is surprisingly simple

How to make Nutella bread

A decadent treat that makes for a perfect Christmas Day breakfast

How I discovered the fine art of foraging

The Edible City: A Year of Wild Food is the foodie book of the year

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

The fruit of many talents

Lemons are magnificent, whether you use them for salad dressing or stain removal

How to bake Bonfire Night toffee apple cake

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

How to make smoky pumpkin and bacon soup

A reviving and delicious recipe, just in time for Halloween

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is an insult to a noble fruit

Starbucks’ seasonal special is a Halloween horror

A virtual trip to Sicily with Antonio Carluccio

The great Italian chef has the final word on the spag bol furore

Jam: a beautifully preserved history

Joan of Arc, Nostradamus and Louis XIV were all partial to jam

The secret to making perfect pizza at home

Forget dialling for a takeaway, here are six tips for making flawless pizza

How to bake creme brûlée cupcakes

Making cupcakes sophisticated involves light sponge and lashings of silky custard

How to bake perfect spelt bread

A recipe for bread that’s doesn’t require skill, implements or fancy ingredients

Mackerel: an easy catch of the day

The Ethical Carnivore offers up her recipe for mackerel baked in oatmeal with gooseberry sauce

How to bake a messy but magical plum cake

Home baking is about cosiness, not perfection

How to cook a rabbit, the ethical way

In an exclusive series for Spectator Life, Louise Gray shares recipes learnt during her year only eating animals she killed herself

How to bake perfect brioche

Creating beautiful brioche takes planning, perseverance and a whole lot of eggs

Mussel memories: How to cook perfect moules marinière

Knocking up a steaming bowl of moules is quick, easy and guaranteed to conjure the holiday spirit at home