September 22, 2004
Tuesday, September 21
Shiso used to be one of the hardest-to-find herbs (to me, at least) around here, until very recently when I found out that there is one merchant who's selling them (they're quickly gone, though). Shiso they carry look a bit different from the ones I'm used to see in Japan; fresh shiso leaves commonly seen in stores or in our backyards would be of bright green, while the ones I get here are more of purple. Either way, they smell and taste like shiso, so I've got nothing much to complain about.
They are typically sold in a large bagful, and sometime I just can't use them up while they are fresh... well, today I made pesto using shiso and that emptied the bag easily. That's sort of luxury for me, being able to splurge on something that I used to seek for just a while back!
They sure aren't as pretty as arugula pesto, specially when chopped into paste, but tastes good. Nice change to regular basil pesto.
posted by chika at: 9/22/2004 10:50:00 AM