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Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 4

Lunch Lady is a quarterly keepsake full of meaningful content, inspiring family stories, easy DIY, stacks of recipes plus funny relatable opinion pieces about the ups and downs of raising children. It's a magazine where parenting is not taken too seriously but a balanced approach to family life is.

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4 min
* our foundation sponsors are a great bunch who run good businesses. here’s what they're most proud of...

Tania Lores BOBOCHOSES "We are proud to be based in Mataró, Barcelona and to be able to help our social community by having most of our production done here in the city and with our suppliers as our neighbours. Our Corporate Responsibility programmes are also done here in our city and we support the Red Cross summer camp for kids too. As a team we’re committed to being a sustainable company in every way, so we’re also very proud to be working with organic cotton this season." Jacob Faull NATURE BABY "Nature Baby has always been committed to environmental and ethical practices, producing products in a way that cares for the earth and its workers. Our clothing is made in a way that treats all people taking part in the process fairly; we…

9 min
dallas is here, where are you?

[ A CREATIVE DAD STORY ] WHEN ARTIST DALLAS CLAYTON MADE AN AWESOME BOOK! WITH HIS FIVE-YEAR-OLD SON, AUDIO, HE THOUGHT HE’D SELL A FEW COPIES TO FRIENDS. FIFTY THOUSAND SALES AND A BUNCH OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS LATER, CLAYTON NOW SPENDS HIS TIME INSPIRING KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE WITH HIS BIG DREAMS, HIS MULTICOLOURED CHALK AND HIS BELIEF THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Here are a few things you should know about Dallas Clayton. He’s been called the “modern-day Dr Seuss” by a surprisingly large number of people, although he prefers to say of his picture books: “I traffic in rainbows.” He likes adventures, climbing trees, meeting strangers, drawing on footpaths in chalk and painting giant murals in the homes of people he doesn’t know. Google has translated his breakout opus, An Awesome…

4 min
mornings are hard. muffins are easy.

CARROT CAKES For the muffin: • 180g / 6.4oz wholemeal flour• 1 1/2 tsp baking powder• 1/2 tsp baking soda• 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice• pinch of salt• 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted• 1 egg• 2 tsp vanilla• 60g / 2oz Greek yoghurt• 120ml / 4 fl oz maple syrup• 60ml / 2 fl oz milk• 210g / 7.4oz carrots, grated• pecans, for garnish For the icing: • 55g / 2oz cream cheese• 4 tsp maple syrup• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla• pinch of salt• additional milk for thinning, optional 1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C / 350˚F / Gas Mark 4. 2. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. 3. For the muffins, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, mixed spice and salt. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut…

3 min
pikelets au naturel

LIFE OF PI-KELET • 3/4 cup buttermilk• 1 egg• 1/4 cup caster sugar• 1 tsp vanilla essence• 50g / 1.75oz butter, melted• 1 cup self-raising flour 1. Whisk buttermilk, egg, sugar, vanilla essence and butter in a large bowl. 2. Pop in the flour and stir to combine. Make sure you don’t overmix. 3. Divide the batter evenly in 4 small bowls or mugs. 4. Drop a little food colour (refer to opposite page) into each bowl and mix to make your fave colour combos. 5. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest. 6. Lightly grease a skillet with oil, wipe off any excess with paper towel and place over a medium heat. 7. Spoon tablespoons of batter into pan. 8. Cook, in batches, for 1–2 minutes each side or until golden. * let’s colour food with food. purple 1/4 cup frozen…

4 min
peter piper picked a peck of pita pockets

PITA POCKET • 1 cup warm water• 2 tsp instant yeast• 2 1/2 cups plain flour, extra for kneading• 2 tsp salt• 2 tsp olive oil 1. In a mixing bowl, mix water and yeast together, and let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved and bubbly. 2. Add flour, salt and olive oil. Stir until you’ve formed a rough dough. 3. Sprinkle a little flour onto your bench and turn out the dough. 4. Knead dough for about 5–7 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic. 5. Add more flour as needed to stop the dough from sticking to your hands and bench. Try not to use too much, though: it’s better to use too little flour than too much. 6. Clean the mixing bowl and coat the inside with a little olive oil.…

5 min
spring is the time to plant veggies that will harvest over the warm growing season.

WHAT TO GROW Spring is the time to plant the veggies you’ll harvest over the warm growing season. WHERE TO GROW Most veggies prefer well-drained soils, so avoid the soggy patch in the backyard. Plus, they all have different growing requirements: some love full sun, while some prefer partial shade. Most seedlings come with info on the best conditions for your plant, so be sure to read the label—there’s actually important stuff on there. HOW TO GROW • Prepare the soil by digging in the manure and compost. This will make the best growing conditions for your plants. • Plant the seedlings, and then give them a big drink with the hose. • Keep on top of the weeds from early on, as this will improve your chances of a bumper crop. • Some veggies, like beans, peas…