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12:16 pm: pigeon peas
Yesterday, I had pigeon peas for the first time. Perhaps I should say I ate pigeon peas for the first time. They had been sitting in the cupboard for months, since the time I asked the grocery delivery people to bring me 3 cans of black beans and they brought 2 cans of black beans and 1 of pigeon peas. (Along with a great many other things.) When I called to tell them about it, they didn't charge me for the pigeon peas, but they didn't make an extra trip to exchange cans, either.

So, yesterday. There I was, not really on speaking terms with my hand or shoulder, so it was not a viable option to go to the store. Fortunately, I had the can of pigeon peas, rice, canned tomatoes, half an onion, lazy garlic, soyrizo, cumin, oregano, and green olives. (And a few things not appearing in this production, but really not very many.*)

I found a recipe for arroz con gandules, substituting soyrizo for chorizo, and leaving out the pork and bay leaves. I'm not sure if the back of my mouth was trying to warn me, as it sometimes does: Danger! You've never eaten this before, but it feels like a migraine trigger! Or maybe I just didn't like it much. I ate it anyhow, because I was hungry and didn't want to throw away the resources** that had just gone into making it. And then I ended up with a migraine.

Does anybody know of pigeon peas being a migraine trigger? Everything else in that recipe was something I had eaten before, with no problems. Many migraines do not have food triggers, and this one could have been set up by muscle spasms in the shoulder. It's just that taste (that feeling in my mouth, equal parts taste and smell and fear) that made me think the pigeon peas were problematic.



*Pickled herring, prunes, oatmeal, maple syrup, pickled carrots, eggs, soymilk, frozen squash, and soba. I can make a few more meals out of this before going out of town on Thursday, but it's a bit of a challenge. I may end up going to the store, but with significantly less than my usual 5-pound limit. Meal-planning suggestions are welcome.

**In this case, the scarce resources are "food in the apartment this week" more than "food, generally," or "food I can afford." I can get groceries delivered when I come back from Virginia, but they only deliver large orders so I can't get a little now and a little next week (which would be really useful.)

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From:chienne_folle
Date:August 12th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, dear! *hug* I'm sorry to hear that you got a migraine and doubly sorry to hear that your hand and shoulder are so bad right now.

I'd never heard of pigeon peas before.

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From:adrian_turtle
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
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Pigeon peas are a bit smaller than black beans, and a bit lighter green than split peas. They have a sharper flavor than most legumes--not exactly sour, but that flavor of green olives that's behind the sour. I really like green olives, and I would recommend you try them only if you also like green olives or capers.
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From:pantryslut
Date:August 12th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
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a) IMHO (and some experience) everything can be a migraine trigger. But pigeon peas are not to my knowledge especially so.

b) Coincidentally, I spent yesterday reading up about migraine prodome and how symptoms of such are often confused for migraine triggers. So that's a thought.
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From:adrian_turtle
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
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I couldn't find anybody, anywhere, reporting pigeon peas as a trigger. That's telling, in a world where (as you say) anything and everything can be a trigger.

It does seem likely that I was noticing a prodrome. I hate this.
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From:pantryslut
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
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Heh. I dropped an R. At least I remembered the E...
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From:adrian_turtle
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's a problem. I have a terrible problem with migraine tiggers.
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From:adrian_turtle
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
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(Extract of malt really DOES trigger my migraines.)
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From:pantryslut
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
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:)
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From:sovay
Date:August 13th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
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Does anybody know of pigeon peas being a migraine trigger?

I've never heard of it, but I would not re-run the experiment until you're quite sure the results won't be confused by pain elsewhere or possibly ever. Bleh.
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