Slow is both deeply personal and super accessible, because it’s my own story of being forced to re-evaluate my pace of life after a diagnosis of severe post-natal depression, as well as being a collection of tools and strategies that anyone can adapt to find pockets of slow in their own busy lives.
Anytime I tell people what Slow is about, I get a variation of the same response: “Ohh yes, I need that.” It really does feel like the tide is turning, and where busy-ness and sleep deprivation used to be a badge of honour that we’d wear to show how important/successful/worthy we were, people are starting to question whether it is really necessary or healthy to be living life at 110%. So while the answer to your question of “Why now?” is because now is when a publisher wanted to publish it.
I’m also glad that now is when it happened. It feels really timely to be telling people about the benefits of slow in a time where so many of us are questioning fast.
2. What’s one of your favourite simple weeknight dinners when it’s been a long day?
We’re currently travelling around Canada, staying in Airbnbs, so I’ve really had to get back to basics in the kitchen because I’m never entirely sure what the kitchen situation will be when we arrive. That said I know we will always have a stove and a couple of different saucepans so one of my favourites is tamari-marinated tempeh coated in nutritional yeast, served with steamed veggies (broccoli, carrot, zucchini, cauliflower) and mashed sweet potato.
The tempeh is so easy – slice, splash with tamari, leave for a few minutes and then toss it through some nutritional yeast before lightly frying in coconut oil until crispy. It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. If I put the sweet potato on to boil before I start on the tempeh, I can marinate it while I slice the veggies, steam the veggies while I’m frying the tempeh, and have everything on the table in less than 30 minutes.
(Even though my kids and husband do eat meat, this is one of the vegetarian meals they’re always happy to eat as the tempeh is super tasty and satisfying for everyone.)
3. What are the 6 ingredients you would never be without?
Tamari, tempeh, broccoli, nutritional yeast, sweet potato, cashews.
Have fun (and pay attention to the moment) in the kitchen!