Almost Off Grid Blog - Brew, Make, Forage, Grow.

  • Rose Petal Cordial Recipe

    Suddenly there are elderflowers everywhere for Elderflower Cordial  and Elderflower Champagne and my personal favourite: Elderflower Lemon Curd. Plus there are wild roses all over the place, perfect for this Rose Petal Cordial Recipe.
  • Carrot, Coconut and Cardamom Soup

    Carrot and Coriander soup is the one everyone talks about, Carrot and Cardamom soup is better. Well it is if you love Cardamom. Perfect Carrot, Coconut and Cardamom Soup recipe for when you want something warming and nutritious for your lunch. Vegan too.
  • Pickled Wild Garlic Buds Recipe

    Love Wild Garlic? Me too. Did you know the flowers and the seed pods are edible, as well as the leaves? Well they are, and they're just as delicious. It is wonderful to preserve the different elements of this delicious plant when it's in season, so you can carry on enjoying it through the rest of the year. 
  • Crumbly Eggnog Fudge

    I posted my Crumbly Vanilla Fudge Recipe some time ago now, and it is one of the blogs on which we have had the most comments. It seems I'm not the only person who prefers crumbly fudge to chewy fudge! And as Christmas approaches, here is how to make something lovely and festive: Crumbly Eggnog Fudge.
  • How to make Homemade Halloumi Cheese

    We love Halloumi all year round, especially grilled on the bbq. Andy makes ours now because it is so easy to make. Here he shares how to make homemade Halloumi Cheese, and there's also a tutorial video where he grills it on the bbq.
  • Homemade Bagels Recipe - New York Style

    Homemade Bagels have a reputation for being a bit tricky to make. In fact, they are not. Andy often makes them for breakfast at the weekend and this is his homemade bagels recipe.
  • Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

    Today I made my banana bread with chocolate chips, and I posted about it on Instagram. Someone asked me for the recipe, and that was when I realised I've never shared it on here before. 
  • How to cook perfectly Medium Rare Roast Beef and Gravy

    A good joint of quality beef topside isn't cheap. For a few years I was always the one to cook it, as Andy was worried he'd mess it up. Once he'd perfected how to cook perfectly Medium Rare Roast Beef using the High Temperature method just the way we liked it, his roast beef was better than mine. Lucky break for me then. Though I still make the gravy.
  • Homemade Mascarpone Cheese and Caffè Reale dessert (thanks to Pizza Express)

    Mascarpone Cheese is a delicious, rich Italian triple cream cheese which is easy to make. I became hooked on mascarpone when Pizza Express had Caffè Reale on their dessert menu, with marinated figs. It is very easy to rustle up when you have the miniature figs and it's delicious with homemade mascarpone cheese.
  • Rosehip Vodka Liqueur aka Rosehip Schnapps

    We foraged loads of Rosehips last autumn and winter, and we made most of them into rosehip syrup. However I held a few back and made a small batch ...
  • Gin and Tonic Cucumber Pickles

    Every year on our allotment we have a glut (ie more than we can possibly ever eat) of at least one thing. The first glut of 2020 will be... *drumroll*... cucumbers. I plan to make Bread and Butter Pickles. But before I make the sensible, traditional pickles, I had to make Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles.
  • Homemade Sausage Rolls

    If you have never had a homemade sausage roll, then your life is about to change for the better. Yes, that's what I said. You can make them in no t...