Author Archives: Thriftygal

About Thriftygal

I am trying. Always trying.

Surprising Finds About Retirement

By | January 3, 2017

I plunged into my retirement with so many lists mapping out experiments and thoughts; future ablaze with potential different lives. Everything looked fun and I wanted it all and I wanted it RIGHT NOW. Predictably, my greedy paws picked up too many shiny ideas at once and now I don’t have enough time to play with all of them. I overstretched. Overreached. My… Read More »

Wanga bharit recipe

By | December 29, 2016

Another wanga recipe! This is my current favorite food to drool over, but I don’t see myself making it. Officially, it’s because I hate cleaning the stove. Unofficially, it’s because fire is scary. I call it “wanga bharit”. Pronounced “buh-wreath.” I’m probably pronouncing it wrong. Maybe just call it fire eggplant. Ingredients One eggplant. Pick… Read More »

Tomato bhaji recipe

By | December 22, 2016

I made three Indian dishes regularly-ish in Australia: oosurd, pohe and tomato bhaji. These are the least intimidating meals to create and give the most deliciousness for the effort. In my esteemed opinion. Ingredients 2-3 big tomatoes A few cloves of garlic 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/3 cup of peanuts Spices 1/4 tsp of turmeric 1/2… Read More »

Thriftygal’s California Bucket List

By | December 20, 2016

I just spent a couple of months in the beautiful state of California. Specifically, the bay area of California. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too initially. Two months in one spot? Holy cow. I CAN DO SO MUCH. You have to expect more of yourself and think big. This is why I… Read More »

On Grit: It’s not about being smart

By | December 16, 2016

I found another book to recommend to you guys. Grit by Angela Duckworth. It’s thoroughly researched, thoughtfully written, with enough human interest examples to keep the data from being dull and, most importantly of all, I have never felt so motivated in my entire life. Now I’m convinced that the only thing that stands between anyone… Read More »

Wanga bhaji recipe

By | December 6, 2016

I found a few recipes floating around on scraps of paper in my laptop case. I’m sorry if you don’t care about the recipes. My dish today is wanga bhaji. Wanga means eggplant in Marathi. Fun Fact Tween-Thriftygal once tried to play “wanga” for the question of which pizza topping starts with the letter W. It was in… Read More »

The News Illusion

By | November 23, 2016

In real life, I’m a news junkie. Politics and current events and international happenings fascinate me. I like the idea that I’m informed about the world and can talk intelligently about whatever you bring up. At least I used to. Operation Finally Write Your Stupid Book and Cross Off that Bucket List Item In August, a publisher knocked and encouraged… Read More »

Green chutney recipe

By | November 2, 2016

Today’s dish is a spicy green chutney. We eat it with samosas. Samosas are fried dough with peas and potatoes inside. We also eat this with grilled cheese sandwiches. You know what those are. Really, you can eat it with anything you want to make spicy and so freaking good. That’s true of most of… Read More »