I have been waiting for the potted wisteria trees in my balcony to shed their leaves but it is still quite warm here. It seems I will have to wait for at least another month before I can get them back in shape.
Several years ago, when I was very enthusiastic about trying all the ingredients I had in my kitchen and tried to make green tea soapfor the first time, I had very high expectations about the color of the soap. I imagined the beautiful light green and also how I would let the soap gel so that it would look semi-transparent. I did try to let the soap gel but as it was winter, the soap refused to do so. What is more, soon after I added tea powder into the raw soap, the color changed to dark green. I hoped and prayed so much that it would lighten up while curing and I would still get the beautiful green soap I had imagined. Oh, sweet dreams!
Now I know, even in soapmaking some things are too much to ask for. That soap became dark brown and looked oily during the first couple of weeks. Yet, my husband (who always thinks that throwing things away is a waste) persuaded me to keep the soap and see what would become of it after it cured. Thanks to him, I had the chance to try whole green tea soap (“whole” like in whole-grain bread). Two months later I thought it was the best soap I had ever used.
Of course, I searched for the reason of that “failure” and found it – tea tannins react with the lye and cause the soap to turn brown.
Come to think of natural looks and I have one more picture in stock.
Another wa-gashi (Japanese sweet), which we have a chance to try only once a year. Though it looks like made of chocolate the truth is that, it is 100% handmade from azuki bean paste! I love the simplicity, the beautiful lines. How they manage to turn a grainy substance like bean powder into such a shiny and even surface is beyond me. Maybe, maybe I will learn how to make wa-gashi some day…
Have a good day!