Who’s keen for a wintery walk and a pub lunch? You don’t have to eat out to enjoy classic English pub food. Get the gorgonzola in the fridge, the pie in the oven and the crumble on the cooling rack and head out to work up an appetite, then come home to reap the rewards of your home cooking.
This recipe for potted gorgonzola with figs and candied walnuts makes a great dinner party starer
These fried cheesy polenta chips with smoked chilli and lemon come from Duck & Waffle and make a great starter
This recipe for wild salmon with pickled gherkins, creme fraîch and dill is a perfect example of how quality ingredients prepared simply but well make a vibrant dish with clean flavours. This comes from The Camberwell Arms
Brisket rolls make the perfect beer snack. This recipe from Smokehouse in Islington is a little effort but totally worth it
This recipe for barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing is really quick and easy to make, but it tastes delicious and looks really impressive – perfect for entertaining. The simple charred lemon and caper dressing works really well with the fresh squid. Recipe by Rosie Birkett
Give our tear-and-share gooey cheese-filled dough balls a go at home with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. They’d make a great starter for the kids or something to kick off a laid back dinner party
Learn how to stuff your own leg of lamb with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen
Make a batch of this comforting, freezer-friendly chicken dish. If you’re feeling fruity, fry cored apple wedges in a knob of butter until golden, then stir through before reheating
This salt and pepper côte de boeuf with easy béarnaise sauce looks really impressive but is easy to make. Perfect for a show-stopping main
Tea-smoking your own fish is much easier than you’d imagine. Earl grey adds a lovely flavour, but if you’re a real smoke-lover, try lapsang souchong
This veggie wellington is packed with big, bold flavours and looks impressive but is still easy to make. This makes a great main for vegetarians at Christmas
Classic, easy beef bourguignon to eat now or freeze for later, this French inspired recipe serves 8 people
Our twist (quite literally) on a classic toad in the hole, uses spelt flour in the batter to create a dreamy texture and subtly nutty flavour.
This is a great way to serve a big crowd of people – get all the accompaniments ready and let everyone dig in and make their own lettuce wraps. Cook the pork a day ahead if you like, then glaze and reheat to serve – just make sure it’s piping hot all the way through
An easy, slow and low recipe for spitfire-braised ox cheeks from The Compasses Inn in Canterbury
This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal to make on New Year’s Day
This is a delicious, warming pie. If you want to skip cooking the ham hocks, some butchers and supermarkets sell them ready-cooked at the deli counte
Make a batch of these mini lamb hotpots and freeze them for later. They’re easy to make and under 500 calories each
This is a real show stopping dessert but it’s incredibly easy to make. You can make this indulgent pud with croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit
We’ve upped the Christmas factor on this easy trifle by adding ginger cake – you can make ahead for easy festive entertaining
Serve six with this unbeatable homemade crumble featuring plums and quince. These mouth-watering crumbles are cooked slowly for nearly 4 hours. Serve it with lashings of good, vanilla-y custard.
We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! Banoffee pie is a much loved family-favourite. This delicious dish is packed with banana, cream and an oaty-biscuit base, decorated with a drizzle of dark chocolate
A slump is similar to a cobbler but with less fuss. Berries bubbling through the topping give this a more rustic feel. It cooks from frozen with ease.
This spiced banana tarte tatin recipe comes from Cinnamon Club. It’s easy to make but looks impressive
This is a great sticky toffee pudding recipe – the perfect winter warmer! Buy Medjool dates if you can – they have a lovely natural toffee flavour and sticky texture
The malted element to these brownies add another dimension, making them even more indulgent and irresistibly gooey than usual. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert at a dinner party or for your own personal enjoyment.