My Middle East Bucket List

By | January 31, 2017

I recently spent about a month in the Middle East. Not nearly as scary a place as I envisioned. In fact, it was just the opposite. Clean and modern and safe. My Middle East Bucket List 1. Visit two new countries.  I’m making my success explosion noises here pretty loudly. I visited four countries in… Read More »

How to write a book when you’re retired

By | January 24, 2017

I’m trying to cross off Life Bucket List Item #6 (write a book). Cliché, I know. Here’s my process (so far) if you’re thinking of writing one too. 1. Make a book proposal. First, I read some stuff on how to write a book proposal. A book proposal is an enormously helpful way to think about the… Read More »

Bhel Recipe

By | January 12, 2017

I gave you the recipe for sweet chutney last week and now I need to give you something to eat it with. You can’t just eat plain sweet chutney. So, may I present bhel. Pronounced “bear” or “bare.” I don’t know why there’s an “L” in it. To confuse people probably. **As numerous people have pointed… Read More »

Brown Chutney Recipe

By | January 6, 2017

The classic appetizer you’ll always find in Indian restaurants is the samosa. It’s a fried ball of dough with peas and potatoes and spices and such inside. No, I’m not giving you the recipe for that. On the side of the samosa, most places will give you a couple of chutneys to eat, a spicy… Read More »

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 »