In The Kitchen

What I really love about this syrup (or really, any herbal simple syrup) is how many different things you can do with it. Add a little to something fizzy, citrusy and if you are so inclined, boozy, and you have the perfect drink too cool you down on a day like today (Ginger shiso mojitos anyone?). Or, stir some into a fruit puree, freeze and you have a remarkable sorbet. Or, if you kitchen isn’t hot enough to bake without the use of an oven, try it drizzle over some fruit on a pound cake. Ooo, mama.

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For these recipe, head on over to Design Sponge. And for even more summery herby recipes, check out Summer Fest!


  • The pictures are really stunning. So pure and beautiful.

  • Congrats to you! Dwell Magazine just tweeted about you on That’s how i came across your website. Great photos!
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  • I saw the Dwell twitter too. Cool site. I’ll be back.

  • Shiso and ginger? What a sublime combination; love the idea of cool, spicy heat. I could see it with puréed peaches in a Bellini, or poured over wedges of ripe mango. Yum. Stunning photos, as always.

  • Oh, lovely photographs. Love the sound of a ginger shiso mojito!

  • Your blog is so beautiful! I love the photographs!

  • so THAT’s where our supposedly super hot summer has gone???? we haven’t had our fair share this year, that’s for sure! I have never tried shiso, but it sounds winderful… i drink lots of mint tea, so i guess this would be right up my alley! i must see if i can find it here in the UK!

  • shiso mojito sounds dreamy! i particularly like shiso tempura 🙂

  • Just had shiso for the first time — or at least recognized it — and love it. I had it at the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty dinner, a fund raiser/celebration for grass roots food things in the Finger Lakes area of upstate NY

  • Shiso leaves are wonderful – such a distinctive taste! I use them a lot in my Japanese cooking, but so far I have never tried using them in drinks or sorbets – great idea!

  • Brilliant! I fully intended to plant shiso in my garden this year, and time slipped away and I never bought the seeds. Drat. Next year for sure… this lovely idea seals the deal.

  • Meg

    I just came across your blog and love it! Can’t wait to be a regular!

  • Julie

    LOVE THIS BLOG! I have never had shiso…where can i pick some up? It sounds right up my alley!

  • Been seeing this at a shop I go to, so next time…I’ll get some purple shiso leaves