Hello, and welcome! I’m so glad to have you here with me – my name is Shira and I write, photograph and create the recipes and content here at IPOM. The primary purpose of this blog is to celebrate simple food – and hopefully to inspire creative, healthful cooking that anyone can enjoy, regardless of skill level or access to ingredients. The recipes here are vegetarian, many are vegan, and all are (most always) packed with short, nutritious ingredient lists for making meals designed to sustain an active life. No matter who you are, or where you live.
Beyond these recipes, it is my earnest desire to spark conversation & awareness about food & sustenance in a way that inspires all walks of life – regardless of means – to look a little harder at just what we truly need to live well. Many of us can likely live with just a little less – especially if that less meant gaining something more elsewhere.
Less waste and less burden. Less impact on the earth, on our wallets, and our waistlines. A lighter way of living all around.
This project began as a way to direct my erratic and ill-focused creative energy, at a time when I needed badly to change my ways. In 2011, I founded Not So Fast – a movement to encourage less consumption and more giving – in response to a significant and self-inflicted personal crisis I’d recently gone through. It turned out the process of writing and creating recipes was a surprisingly effective method for calming my too-busy mind, as a 30 something working woman with the ever growing pressures of career, marriage, family, & the pursuit of that universally desired state we call happiness. The pursuit of more to me is simply put – the realization that our quest to acquire and consume things that don’t satisfy the soul is a journey inevitably fraught with emptiness, disillusionment, and even pain. Over the years, I’ve embraced minimalism in as many corners of my life as possible, though I’ll admit I struggle still to find that balance so elusive to many in this modern life.
Regardless where you land on the consumption spectrum, I hope you’ll join me in seeking more sustenance in food, family, friends, nature, beauty, and appreciation for what we have – as I stand firmly in my convictions that we can come closer to the satisfaction we so often seek. Living with just a little less. Making more room for meaning, for joy, for ideas, and for the people in our lives that matter most.
I was born to hippie parents in the 70’s, who left their eastern Canadian roots to settle on the wild West Coast, in hopes of carving out a little piece of paradise and a place to call their home. That they did, and with 4 kids in tow raised us along with organic garden beds, houses built of driftwood, and a fierce dedication to living off the grid. My dad was an artist, creative & too smart for his own good, my mom a steady caretaker and a lover of love. Both hard-working. Both guided by the steady pursuit of their own purposes. I left home quite early in life to pursue my own path, but it’s likely you’ll catch glimpses of my hippie roots here. I now live and work in Vancouver, BC with my family of four and a cat (seriously, we finally caved and I don’t know what took us so long). By day I can be found working with quality local brands, and by night I’m usually running, cooking, gardening, writing, or trying too hard to make my kids laugh ;).
To print the full list of regular items I use, see my pantry list here. To see where my work has been featured elsewhere, visit my press page here. I love to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to contact me here.
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