YIAYIA'S BAKLAVA SCENTED CANDLE
[Generational tradition and philoxenia]
Syrup soaked spices and crisp filo pastry.
"Sure, I had been to Greece before (you know, the trip everyone does - island hopping and drinking until the point of dreading the next day's fast ferry) but I never fully experienced Greece until 2018. The ferry I was on had a small issue which meant I needed to stop for a night on the island of Tinos - a very small and quaint island known for its churches. I had sat at this small kafenio (café) to quickly skype back home (yes, ok, I was stealing the Kafenio's wifi) and to complain about my lay over on this island. I remember finishing my 4 minute sook about Tinos and how much of an inconvenience it was and looking up to see the Yiayia who apparently worked there walking straight towards me. My stomach dropped. I'll never forget this, she looked me dead in the eyes and did not miss when she said - I should be offended that you sit in my family's shop and complain that you are here but instead, I will choose to change your mind about our beautiful island. The Yiayia (who insisted I call her that by the way - Yiayia), brought me plates and plates of food but the dish that stood out to me was the one right at the end - her Baklava. Equal parts spicy and sweet - kind of like her! It was on Tinos and because of Yiayia that I learnt what Philoxenia is - a sort of sacred bond between host and guest . Something that there is no english word that serves as a fair equivalent but something that Yiayia has very much taught me to practice in everything I do today." Anna
Top: Caramalised sugar, cinnamon dust
Mid: Nutmeg, clove
Base: Vanilla, honey
350 grams of scented soy candle. 45 hour burn time.
Failure to follow instructions could result in fire, hazard or injury. Keep candle and flame away from children and animals. Never leave a lit candle unattended. Remove all packaging before lighting candle. Do not burn candle for longer than 4 hour intervals. Always burn candle on a level, stable fire/heat resistant surface. Keep away from things that catch fire. Keep away from drafty areas.