I also like raisins in my oatmeal. Blame my grandmother who used to make me regular oatmeal, then add raisins to it. But, if I feel like raisin oatmeal, I buy plain oatmeal and add raisins. Why? Because the premade oatmeal with raisins is usually called "Raisins and spice."
Spice. That frightens me. Spice includes a lot of things. Spice could mean cinnamon, which wouldn't be bad at all, but they don't call apples and cinnamon "Apples and Spice," so I fear it's not cinammon.
Other choices are less desirable. Paprika is a spice. Do you really want to sit down to a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal with raisins and paprika? Evnsion this, it's a cold winter morning, so cold that the heat never seems to kick off and when you touch your windows, your fingers almost freeze to it. You decide it's time to make yourself a breakfast of nice, hot, oatmeal. You heat up your water, you make your oatmeal, you sit down, start eating and then bang bite into a bay leaf. Mmmmm, how delicious!
One of the store chains around here has their own versions of flavored oatmeal, which I like because it's usually significantly cheaper and tastes about the same. But their Raisin and Spice frightens me more, because it's "Rasin and Spices!" If I'm afraid to take a risk with raisins and spice, I'm not going to double my odds for disaster by trusting raisins and spices. Cause with a title like that, you know you're at least dealing with two spices.
It could be raisins, thyme and garlic. Maybe raisins and cinnamon, which would be great, but now you've got that unknown element. Raisins, cinammon, and parsley! Don't get me wrong, I like parsley, I like garlic. I like most spices, but oatmeal is a very delicate thing. Oatmeal should only be sweetened, preferably with fruit or honey, or brown sugar.
When I think of spicy foods, I think Mexican, Cajun, or Indian food. Oatmeal never comes into the picture. Yes, I know they have "Spice cake" which is is supposed to be sweet too, but I regard that in high suspition as well.
Ironically, I am not known for being a fussy eater. But on this I stand firm. No Raisins and Spice. I'm not risking chomping into oatmeal and coming across the subtle flavors of basil and dill weed. "Sorry honey, we're going out for breakfast today."
The first person that doesn't get this, and decides to argue with me about how noooo, lots of spice can be used to sweeten things! Is going to be banned from my journal. I'm getting a little fed up with people who want to argue my opinions when I'm joking around. You might not get the joke but for god's sake, the world won't come to an end if I happen to believe a saying goes this way instead of the way you were taught, or that I don't believe "spices" sounds good for oatmeal.
Sorry for the smack down, but I've been getting the feeling lately that people are reading my damned journal waiting for me to "fuck up" so they can point out my mistakes. "Nooo, Darqstar, this is how it's meant to go, Nooo, Darqstar, in truth there are 32 spices which can be considered sweet..." I've been avoiding writing entries lately, unless they're rants, because I'm so tired of these stupid arguments and I'm tired of erasing entries just to stop people from bitching at me.
I'm not as stupid as many of you seem to think I am. I'm not brilliant, but I'm not stupid. I don't like being treated like I am. And I'm sorry for the bitch, but as I was writing this, I was already anticipating the "But Darq, I've made cakes since I was a child and honestly, there are special spices you can use and if you studied the history of Oatmeal, by Irwing, published in 1852, which anyone who has half a brain would have, you would know that your statement is totally unfounded! It is perfectly okay to use spice in oatmeal!" If you don't get my sense of humor, that's fine, but don't play the game of "I'll take it seriously so I can rag on her for being stupid, not only proving she's stupid, but that she's not funny either.