I'm not a collector. Honest. I don't have a shelf full of figurines, or a box of buttons and I definitely don't have dolls or clowns stashed in a special room.
But I've noticed I seem to be amassing quite a large variety of two specific things in my cupboard: Olive oil and honey. I thought I'd put them all together for a family photo:
In the Oil section I have: a basic olive oil, a habanero, lemon, garlic and a Tuscan oil that is great for making salad dressing. In the honey section there's mountain, clover and wild flower that I picked up in Vancouver and Lavender from the local lavender farm.
Maybe it's that pretty golden colour that attracts me, but mostly I think it's the practicalness of these products.
I use honey for sweetening my green tea or on a fresh piece of bread lightly toasted. I always have a batch of homemade granola in the fridge made with honey and maple syrup.
Yogurt and fruit with granola and drizzled with honey is a staple for me!
The variety of oils are always being used in cooking. I usually use a lemon oil for salmon but lately I've been into this habanero oil which adds a beautiful hot spiciness to the fish!
Just squeeze fresh lemon on top of that and you've got the best of both worlds!
And let's face it - these products border on miraculous. Honey never spoils, it has tremendous medicinal benefits including regulating blood sugar, and healing attributes. Even the way it's created is incredible!
Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant that can fight inflammation and the fact that heart disease is rare around the Mediterranean Sea leads many to believe their large use of Olive Oil plays a part in this. It also has anti-bacterial properties. What more could we ask for!
Bottom line, I guess if I'm going to start collecting, I think honey and oil are good candidates.
Someone pass the Corn Flakes and a spoonful of honey!