Monday, July 16, 2018

mango gummy yummies

Even though my main mango tree didn't fruit this year because of trauma sustained in Hurricane Irma, one of its pups finally did for the first time.  I didn't have an overabundance of mangoes, but I had several tasty ones that all came ripe at the same time.

A friend suggested making homemade mango gummies, which I'd never done before.  It sounded simple enough and intriguing.  SPOILER ALERT: Not so easy.

I lost my ever-loving mind in the store shopping for molds.  SO MANY FUN CHOICES OMG!!

Food molds

A friend was in the car with the AC running, keeping the groceries cold.  We had just come from the grocery store to get gelatin and tons of chickens for Kitten.  I didn't know fuckall about food molds, so I went in completely ignorant.  I started texting photos to make sure this was what I was supposed to buy.  And somewhere along the way, the giggles set in.  I ended up hysterically laughing (to the point of tears) all by myself choosing these.

I began winnowing down the choices.

Narrowing my choices

Until I ended up with these.

Final selection

We cut up several mangoes and puréed them.



Dissolved the gelatin in boiling water and mixed it in with the mangoes.

And finally carefully poured the mixture into the molds, with the excess going into plastic cups.

Filling the molds

I very impatiently let them chill in the fridge for several hours.
Chilling and setting

They still didn't seem as firm as gummies should, so I let them sit overnight.  It turns out the mistake was in not quadrupling the gelatin amount.  After searching a bit more, there is some controversy on whether or not mangoes contain bromelain, an enzyme that denatures protein.  Next time, I will try only multiplying the gelatin amount.  If that doesn't work, I will try boiling the mangoes.

amorphous blob or prehistoric terror?

Friday, July 13, 2018

doing much better

For those of you keeping track and reading only about my woes, I finally have good news to report.

I had a much better month migraine-wise (only 3 attacks in 30 days), which led me to getting cocky and trying an experiment starting today.  I increased my daily ubiquinol dosage about a month ago, which coincided with having fewer migraine attacks.  Causation?  Who knows, but I'll take it either way.

I came across a migraine study from the American Headache Society conference two weeks ago which explained more clearly why CoQ10 might help those with migraine.  While researching that, I dove into the ubiquinone vs. ubiquinol rabbit hole.  And that led me to several more studies that seemed to conclude that I fell for the hype when ubiquinol first came out ten years or so ago, saying it was more bio-available for people my age.

That was a long roundabout way of saying my experiment starting today is switching to ubiquinone (which is significantly cheaper) and seeing if I enjoy the same pain-reduced results.  Fuck, I'm terrified.  Wish me luck!  I've been spending close to $5 a day and can go down to a little over a dollar per day.  Hence the motivation to try this.  If funds were unlimited, I wouldn't change a thing, just in case.

On top of my fantastic migraine month, I had my eye checkup today, and everything looks hunky-dory.  YIPPEE!!!!