A Cumin Situation

by Holly on September 11, 2009

in breakfast,silliness

Enter ‘Fondant’ alarm ring on my cell phone.

As the annoying notes of ‘Fondant’ rang in my ear, I groggily pressed off and oh so reluctantly slithered out of bed. With my stomach lurching and growling every 10 seconds, I knew breakfast was NOT going to wait.  So, inspired by the bowls of this gal, I set out to make the ultimate PB+J oatmeal for this fine Friday morning.

Bathed in skim milk + water, my oats cooked creamily on the stove top. Once I had reached the right smooshed consistency with my banana, I grabbed my PB+J Jammy Sammy, jar of AB and Smucker’s HCFS-laden Red Raspberry Preserves and got ready to concoct.  Enter evil witch cackle here.

As the delightful bowl came together, I became inspired by my cinnamon fiends and thought, why not douse a heavy buttload of cinnamon on this wondrous bowl?  Genius, right?

Grabbing from the spice rack, I began sprinkling the cinnamon on the oats to find that well…it was not coming out right. Hmmm…my cinnamon NEVER has a problem with dousing.  So I shook it more vigorously, determined to show it who was boss, when my eyes caught the label…


Idiot, I believe was the first word that popped in my head.

So…I present to you, PB+J+C oatmeal

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk
3/4 large banana
crumbled PB+J Jammy Sammy
spoonful of AB
spoonful of preserves


Okay, luckily my cumin WAS clogged and not a lot came out.  I was able to scrape most of it off before dousing it in lots of cinnamon to mask the cuminness.  Out of the whole bowl, I think I only had one funky-tasting bite.

Can you spot the cumin?


Moral of this story: Read your labels (and not just the nutrition ones).

Alrighty kiddos, that’s it for today.  It’s time for this aspiring marathoner to get to bed if she even wants a chance at completing 20 miles tomorrow.

I’m not afraid to ask for it: please wish me luck!


janetha September 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm

laughing. my. ass. off. hahaha. ironically the savory spice of choice is cumin in my book! i looooover PBJC oats! LOVE. it has been a hot minute since i had some. GOOD LUCK LADY I LOVE YOU!

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I can only handle cumin in very small doses… Would not have been happy to have ANY in my oats…

GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!! I’ll be thinking of you (like when I feel like complaining about running a few miles at the gym…). ;)

Leianna September 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Oh no not cumin instead of cinnamon, good thing you caught it fast!
Good luck on the 20 miler tomorrow!

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) September 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Oh no! Cumin oats do not sound appealing. LOL

Good luck tomorrow! 20 miles is seriously impressive!

Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm

20 miles, oh heck you can ask for whatever you want – GOOD LUCK!

Angharad (Eating for England) September 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Good luck – we’ll do it together!! Well, okay, we will do 8 miles of it together but I will totally get you through!! Promise! Still chuckling at your cumin story. Silly lady. Silly but brilliant all at once. See you in the morrow!!xx

BroccoliHut September 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Yeah, I had a similar situation with garam masala. Not pretty.

Sophia September 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

HAHAHA! Poor Holly! But I do that, too. I once reached for cayenne pepper when I was reaching for cinnamon! Stupid!

Anyway, BEST OF LUCK tomorrow! You’ll rock it!

Alison September 12, 2009 at 3:39 am

Oh man, too damn funny! I was half expecting you to say it was awesome and you’ll definitely be making it again! I’m glad you saved the bowl, I might have been tempted to make another. But then you said your stomach was lurching and growling so I can see how making another bowl was not an option.

GOOD LUCK today! And I’m so jealous you and Angharad are running together!! I want to run with you guys! Take some pics, ok??

And thanks for your email my love. xoxo

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) September 12, 2009 at 5:57 am

Ahh cumin and cinnamon! I’ve definitely mixed them up before. A few months ago I accidentally sprinkled cumin on my peach + cottage cheese combo. It wasn’t half bad. Good luck on the 20 miler! You can do it :-)

Rosey Rebecca September 12, 2009 at 6:32 am

You don’t know how many times I’ve almost grabbed cumin instead of cinnamon! They look the same!! haha! Glad you were able to get most of it off!

VeggieGirl September 12, 2009 at 6:37 am


Low September 12, 2009 at 7:57 am

Good luck honey!!!!!!!!! Sorry about the label mishap but at least an ass-load didn’t pour out of there. That would hav been sad indeed! Did I mention good luck?!?!

Nicole September 12, 2009 at 8:07 am

good luck!! You can do it! That cumin thing is something that I totally would have done!!! haha

Evan Thomas September 12, 2009 at 8:29 am

Good luck on the 20! Who knows, maybe you’ll just have discovered cumin as the new running superfood

April September 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

Aww I’m sorry Holly!! One time I put sugar on my chicken when I thought it was salt.. oops!!

It still looks delicious though!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) September 12, 2009 at 8:40 am

Aw…haha. The same thing happened to my mom. She said it was actually pretty good, but I don’t know. There’s something about cumin on oats. ;) At least you were able to scrape most of it off. :D

Best of luck with the 20!! You’ll do great! :D

Jess September 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

Haha, that’s crazy about the cumin! I think we’ve all done something like that. Good thing you were able to salvage your delicious PB AND J oats!!
<3 jess

insideiamdancing September 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

You don’t need luck, Holly. You can NAIL this 20 miles, powered by cumin, PB…bloggers. Good vibes coming your way! :D

I mixed up salt and sugar once..did not a happy apple pie make :(

K September 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

Cinnamon fiend – I love it! Ooopsie to the cumin!! Haha sorry Janetha and I almost ruined your bowl of oats :)

Hope your run went well today!!

Brooke September 12, 2009 at 9:56 am

OH NOOO I would have upchucked! Your poor taste buds :( But iz aiight because you are gonna run 20 miles today (!!!!!!) and then feast on amazing shtuff!


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 12, 2009 at 10:44 am

Ahhh nothing worse than a cinnamon imposter!!

GOOD LUCK on your run – 20 miles…incredible!!

Susan September 12, 2009 at 11:29 am

That’s a mean looking bowl of PB&J oats even with the cumin!! That’s actually one of my favourite spices (especially when paired with chickpeas).

Good luck on the 20 miler!! You’ll do awesome :)

Jenna September 12, 2009 at 11:51 am

Awww, the little mishap is kind of humorous :)

I bet you are out there right now knockin’ down those 20 miles. You go girl!

Sarah (Finding My Balance) September 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm

ahahaha. I think I have done that a few times before…. Lucky thing you could scrape most of it out, at least :)

Have a great weekend! Sounds like a great time, and I know you can kick those 23 miles right in the face! Good luck!

Lizzy September 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Hope the run went well babes! :) you’ll do awesome. let me know how it went!

Christina September 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

i was wondering where the cumin was coming into play in this post. i was cracking up when i read this…you know why? I did LITERALLY the EXACT SAME THING as you last semester. I thought the exact same thing too “why is this coming out sooo weird??” and then i got a wift of a mexican spice named cumin and started cracking up….I, however, differ from you in the fact that I was unable to save my poor oats from the cumin stank. I had to throw it ALL away and start anew :(

Lynn @ The Actors Diet September 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

whew – i think i’ve done that with salt/sugar before….bleh.

Jenny September 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I think you’ve taught us all a lesson in double checking our spices. So sorry about this mornings tragedy! ’twas such a nummy looking bowl too :( better luck next time hollyboo!

Jenny September 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

pb and j oats are my new reason for waking up in the morning…besides coffee obvi ;)

Thank goodness that cumin was being stubborn, although who knows, could’ve been an interesting flavor combo…

Matt September 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Have a good 20 tomorrow :)

I will be there in spirit!

Christina September 12, 2009 at 9:28 pm

oh and how could i possibly forget? kick some bootay tomorrow girlie!

Kate September 13, 2009 at 12:18 am

Eeek! I totally did EXACTLY that the other day with a breakfast cookie. lucky it was easy enough to scrape the cumin off!

Katie September 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

You may have stumbled onto something terrific… spicy oats!

GOOD LUCK with those 20 miles! I’m sure they went beautifully.

Gliding Calm September 13, 2009 at 6:53 pm

i have done that so many times!!!!!!

Cindy September 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I mistook cayenne for paprika once


that hurt

chili oats could be good…..maybe…
if your on something

glad you salvaged it …

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