It was my friend Jenny’s birthday a couple weeks ago. I missed it. I am so bad. I knew it was sometime in January, but I wasn’t sure about the date. I kept telling myself that I should call, but I put it off until it was too late…sort of.
Jenny brought her kids over to play today, and I made sure to have her belated birthday gift ready, honey and olive oil. I’m not generally a fancy gift giver. I’m not that crazy about wrapping paper, and I think it’s pretty stupid just to get someone a gift because you feel obligated to do so whether or not you’re inspired and whether or not the recipient is going to like it. BUT, I do like to give gifts, and (besides a cutting board ) honey and olive are pretty much universally well received gifts, especially when it’s honey from your own homestead bees and cold pressed, organic olive oil from some really nice Californian farmers.
I mentioned in an earlier post that we bought a five-gallon bucket of cloudy, fruity, and delicious olive oil when we were in California over the Thanksgiving weekend. We finally got it all bottled up using repurposed wine bottles and nice corks that I bought at our local brew supply store. The oil wasn’t exactly cheap, but as I’ve penciled it out, it costs about the same as the low-end organic olive oil sold at our local natural food store (and less than a nice bottle of wine), so we decided it makes the most sense to buy in bulk straight from the source. We will use this best-of-the-best olive oil for all of our own cooking and dressing needs until next Thanksgiving.
Not to downplay how much I love and appreciate my friend Jenny, but these bottle of olive oil are the perfect quick and easy gift for any occasion. We are pretty much set for all our birthday/dinner party/thank you-present needs for a while. And really, who wouldn’t like a bottle of olive oil paired with a jar of honey (quite possibly the two best substances on earth–although the key lime pie that my mom made me for my birthday is a close runner up)?