Strawberry-rhubarb overnight oats with easy compote and crumble toppings

Strawberry-Rhubarb Overnight Oats with Easy Compote and Crumble Toppings | A Dash of Compassion

I recently read Always Too Much and Never Enough by Jasmin Singer. It’s been years since I got through a book as quickly as this one. I just couldn’t put it down. It went with me on the subway to work and back, and in bed with me when I’d settle in for the night.

I already knew Jasmin before I picked up her book—I was aware of her work within the animal rights community and listened to her Our Hen House podcast regularly—but nothing could have prepared me for how honestly she writes about her life, and particularly her struggles with food and body image. She’s so vulnerable with this memoir. It’s like she was somehow able to step outside herself to tell her story. She might be the bravest writer I’ve ever read.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Overnight Oats with Easy Compote and Crumble Toppings | A Dash of Compassion

I don’t often get a chance to do much leisure reading, but I must have picked up Jasmin’s book at just the right time. The weather in Toronto has warmed up considerably over the last couple of weeks and I’d do just about anything to be able to spend an entire day snuggled in the soft green cushions of one of our outdoor chairs and just read, while listening to the leaves of the neighbour’s large maple tree sway in the wind above my head. That sounds so blissful, even as I write it.

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