Mozzarella, Grilled Grapes, and Basil

Fresh mozzarella pairs with marinated grilled grapes.

This recipe is based on a recipe by Ottolenghi in Simple.


  • 11 1/4 oz/320g seedless red grapes
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • – Toasted and lightly crushed
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 3 large balls of burrata or buffalo mozzarella
  • 6 small purple or green basil sprigs


  1. Marinate the grapes with the vinegar (the original recipe had sherry and I used balsamic and white wine), oil, garlic, sugar, 1 tsp of the fennel seeds, flaked salt, and plenty of pepper. Mix well and allow to rest for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Do not throw away marinade, it is used in serving.
  2. Grill grape skewers over high heat for 90 seconds per side.
  3. Using half a ball of mozzarella, top with marinade, sprinkle with remaining fennel seeds, serve with grapes and basil.

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Calling Bullshit: What the Health Part 1

What the Health

So there is a new health documentary out on Netflix called What the Health and it is meant to be a treatise on the importance of diet for health.  It’s not exactly that.  It is more accurately a beautifully done vegan propaganda film with shoddy science and even worse knowledge of how statistics work.  I do need to give the filmmakers prop, What the Health is very effective at evoking an emotional response.  I’m going to take my time here and do a mini series wherein I interpret every important claim made in the movie and see if it valid. Continue reading “Calling Bullshit: What the Health Part 1”