A few days ago I happened upon my neighbours stirring a huge cauldron over an open fire in their garden lean-to.
Turned out they were making olive oil soap, the traditional way, by the hot method, as opposed to the cold method, which I gathered was a somewhat inferior approach.
Eleni, who was in charge of proceedings, is in her early 80’s and says that soap production by this method is a skill that is dying out.
Here’s the result of several hours of standing by a hot fire and stirring, stirring, stirring.
I love the soap so much I can’t bear to use it. It is so delightfully organic and has so much character, that I had to do a drawing of it!