Roasted Balsamic Grapes

by Kiran on March 7, 2014 · 32 comments

in Desserts, Fruits, Roasting


Once lost, it’s a constant struggle to regain it back. After a long recent break, spending time with the family, I’m still not very motivated to get back into the kitchen and create magic.

Or even style and take photos of food. Gasp! Its a shocker for me too!!

Roasted Balsamic Grapes |

And I’m here today to confide about the truth.

I enjoy doing it all. Food photography is still my passion, but it’s no longer “the drive” to strive for more. I’m lost. My motivation is stumbling down the staircase as quick as you can say, Bon Appetito!

Roasted Balsamic Grapes |


Roasted Balsamic Grapes |

Oh well. In the meantime, I’m drowning my motivation-less sorrows into this luscious roasted balsamic grapes and hoping for the best.

Roasted Balsamic Grapes |

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  • 2 cups of black seedless grapes
  • 2 tsp thick balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp organic honey
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss all ingredients.
  3. Evenly spread grapes on parchment paper.
  4. Roast grapes for 15 to 20 minutes or until some of the grapes burst/shrivel, oozing its juices.
  5. Serve it atop oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or use for baking!


Roasted Balsamic Grapes |

Caffeine is a picker-upper, but I need something “stronger” than just caffeine. I hope the drive and creativity returns soon. Motivate me, please?

Have a lovely weekend, friends 🙂

How do you pick up the pieces left behind a while back, and carry on?


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1 Rosa March 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

A great idea and perfect with muesli or yogurt!




2 Kiran March 13, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Rosa — totally 🙂


3 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

its not uncommon Kiran. I go through those alot and thats when I surround myself with good cookbook, cook without thinking about blog and enjoy the process. I go to tastespotting for inspiration as well. Hope the motivation is back soon.
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4 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I think I am feeling something similar about blogging. My food photography is nothing good so I still sense the challenging behind but… well, sometimes I don’t get the point of all this cooking and shooting thing. All in all, I like the idea that what I publish – small thing – is a craft, something I made, something unique. I think you’re here to share some great beauty with us 🙂 your unique pics and personal words. There is so much creativity in what you publish…
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5 Shema | LifeScoops March 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I am so impressed with these beauties.. Loved it.I will try it soon!
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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 8, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Gorgeous grapes! I think we all lose our motivation at times – best not to force it but to take a break. Inspiration will come again, but maybe from an unexpected source!
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7 Joanne March 8, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Well, you might not feel inspired but these grapes look fabulous!! I wouldn’t be able to stop snacking on them!
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8 shweta a March 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

wow….looks amazingly awesome:)
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9 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I would love some with my morning yogurt!
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10 trisha March 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Wow, never heard of this before, but sounds very cool! x
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11 Alice March 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I’ve no doubt that you will not only be inspired, but you’ll be better than ever! Life is full of hiccups, but truly it’s so wonderful to take a break and eventually get back into things we love (with added zeal afterwards.)

Love the recipe regardless and your beautiful styling again. It’s truly beautiful!
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12 sue/the view from great island March 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I feel for you — I lose my motivation if I so much as go away for the weekend, I come home and can’t get my equilibrium back. I think the best advice is not to fight it, and realize that stuff is going on inside anyway, even though you might not be physically productive. I love these grapes, I’ve made a similar recipe and we ate them with cheese and crackers, but I love the idea of eating them on top of yogurt!
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13 My Kitchen Stories March 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Well whether or not you are inspired you take a better photo than most. These grapes are also an inspiration . They would make an amazing cheese accompaniment and Im going to try them
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14 Kelly March 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Aaw, sorry to hear about your loss of motivation Kiran, it’s always tough to get back in the groove again once you go on vacation or take an extended break. Do what’s best for you and if it means more time away or more rest, then just do what feels right 🙂 I am always inspired whenever I come here – your photos are truly amazing and you have such creative recipes. These grapes for example look incredible and the food styling is perfect to me my friend:)
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15 Laura @ Family Spice March 9, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Ah, I hear you. I slowed down on blogging a lot this past year. For me, I am stressed out over the many hats I wear. I wish I could be just be creative and not do the other mundane tasks before me. I photographed and co-authored a cookbook, and really enjoyed it! So perhaps you need another avenue to show off YOUR creativity? And it is perfectly okay, to take some time off and take time to care for yourself – and not the blog. I for one thoroughly enjoy your beautiful work, and get inspired when I see what you dream up!
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16 Ansh March 9, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I Wait it out by finding other things to do and not worry about it. Inspirations will flow in soon.
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17 PolaM March 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Love the idea of adding balsamic!
And totally understand the lack of motivation… sometimes the whole blogging thing just feels like a chore, that’s when I forget about feed readers and do other things.
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18 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

What a simple yet super delicious treat, Kiran! The sweetness of the grapes combined with the tangyness of the balsamic give the balance to this treat!
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19 Ashley March 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

First, I’ve never roasted grapes and I think I’ve been missing out! Second, I lose my motivation and creativity from time to time – I think it’s just a natural thing that happens sometimes. But it always seems to pass eventually : )
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20 cquek March 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Love the idea of this post,
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21 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Welcome back Kiran! If it makes you feel better it happens to so many of us. Some never come back so well done on coming back! 😀
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22 Choc Chip Uru March 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Lack of motivation is my middle… Phrase… It happens to everyone my friend no problem!
Lovely comeback with these grapes they are flavoured so exotically 🙂

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23 Katerina March 11, 2014 at 4:01 AM

There are periods in our lives that we feel lost and unmotivated! I have no idea what to tell you other than think about it and see what you really like. If you find no pleasure in blogging and photography then that means you have to move on to something else! Your grapes look fantastic and I hope you will find what you really want!
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24 Kitchen Belleicious March 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

oh the best way ever to eat a grape! BEST EVER! nothing left to say. you could add these to any dish and make it spectacular!
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25 Shashi @ March 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Hoping to goodness your motivation comes back soon! Dixya makes a good point, cooking (or baking in my case) without thinking of blogging helps ignite the “spark”.
But, Kiran – these “balsamic grapes” are evidence that your spark is alive and kicking! I would never have thought of them!
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26 Emma March 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Yum! Sometimes a lack of motivation is good, it is your minds way of forcing you to regroup and reassess. Be patient with yourself and don’t think about it too much 🙂
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27 Karen (Back Road Journal) March 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Sorry to hear that you are having trouble getting motivated again. I believe you are a talented blogger with much to offer but it has to be fun for you as well. I love roasting grapes and love to serve them as part of a cheese course. I’ll have to try your suggestions.
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28 Heide M. March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Will give this a try, sounds interesting!


29 rika@vm March 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

That’s a great idea, roasting these beautiful grapes with vinegar and some sweetener! What a nice garnish!


30 Raymund March 18, 2014 at 2:19 AM

I never tried roasted grapes before, looks like a fun and great idea. Nice one!
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31 Carolyn Chan April 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

My response didn’t seem to get uploaded (I blame my horrible home internet connectivity) but I did want to comment here – I think all of us have moments where we lack the motivation to blog – and let’s be realistic here, whilst we all probably started blogging as fun, it does take serious commitment. Hang in there – you’re such a motivation for me ! Both in your cooking, and of course your incredible food styling and photography.
ps I use Instagram to quickly capture a lot of my food moments now but I really do still love sitting down and reliving my experiences with food and committing them to “paper” 🙂
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32 Crista April 28, 2014 at 2:09 AM

looks REALLY good!


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