The Wrath of Grapes; Grape Expectations; You Ungrapeful Bastard

Grapes four ways

Never stop playing with your food! This is one of my favorite kitchen creativity games. Take a single ingredient, and cut it as many ways as you can think of, then observe the way the cuts and textures change your perception. Then take it a step further and let those new perceptions suggest simple flavor pairings.

These enormous, nearly black seedless grapes gave me all sorts of ideas. 

  • Peeled and rolled in crispy crumbled rice crackers, Hawaiian black salt
  • Sliced so thin they are transparent, with fennel pollen and lemon zest
  • Peeled and cut into irregular “icebergs” with cilantro/pepita pesto
  • Fileted with sunflower butter
  • (below) Tops and bottoms removed, thinly sliced vertically, again with the cilantro/pepita pesto

Serve chilled.

Grapes with cilantro/pepita pesto

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, December 28th, 2009 in Appetizers, Experiments, Gluten-Free or modifiable, Vegan or Modifiable.

9 Responses to “The Wrath of Grapes; Grape Expectations; You Ungrapeful Bastard”

  1. December 28, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    You’re so creative! The food looks awesome, too. ;-)

  2. December 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    I like the way you think. Very interesting perspective project. Thank you

  3. December 28, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    computer had a hiccup, not sure is mssg. got through. beet sorbet was at a dessert place in eugene, oregon called nib. wonderful!

  4. December 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm #


  5. Melissa
    December 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    Fascinating food study! I’ll have to give this a try with some of the random fruits or veggies in my kitchen. I like the “icebergs” :)

  6. December 29, 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Those are beautiful–I love seeing things like this, where a humble, simple and affordable ingredient is transformed. Which was your favorite? :)

  7. December 29, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    How do you get them so thin?? Great photo and fun idea!

  8. Michael Natkin
    December 29, 2009 at 7:28 am #

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    Thanks Kelly! I think my favorite was the bottom picture, the 2nd variation with the pesto. The pic doesn't show it so well, but the light coming through the grapes was pretty.

  9. Michael Natkin
    December 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

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    @deana – Just a very sharp knife! But a mandoline would work too if you are careful.

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