Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 13

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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8 min.
hey, foundation partners, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt from working in your business ?

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE Dot Tonkin Publicity + Marketing Director We’ve learnt that making reading fun is the best way to get kids hooked on reading. Whether that’s reading aloud with funny voices, letting kids choose their own books, making a special time or place to read, or gifting books on special occasions—the positive associations can last a lifetime. RAA RAA Lauren Black + Prue Rainey Founders Juggling family certainly tested our resolve, but our most important lesson was staying true to our vision and not letting ourselves be influenced by others. As we’ve grown, whenever we find ourselves drifting, we go back to those core beliefs to make sure RAA RAA Kids remains the brand we first intended. MASUKI STORE Ishak Masukor Founder The biggest lesson I’ve learnt would have to be balancing the intensity of small business with important life…

8 min.
sunny side

FRUIT SKEWERS WITH YOGHURT, HONEY + SWEET DUKKAH For the sweet dukkah: Makes around 1 1/2 cups • 1/2 cup (55g / 1.9oz) raw hazelnuts• 1/2 cup (70g / 2.5oz) raw almonds• 1/4 cup (30g / 1oz) shelled pistachios• 2 tbsp (30g / 1oz) sesame seeds• 1/4 tsp fine salt• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon• 1/4 tsp ground aniseed• 2 tsp (10ml / 0.3 fl oz) maple syrup• 1 tbsp (15g / 0.5oz) bee pollen, optional 1. Finely chop the hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios. 2. Toast the chopped nuts in a dry, medium-sized frying pan over low–medium heat for around 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant. 3. Add the salt, spices and maple syrup and cook, stirring constantly, for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the mixture has dried out. 4. Remove from the heat and allow…

1 min.
diy mini raft craft !

You will need: Step 1. Start by selecting twigs that are straight. Cut them with a hacksaw—or if small enough, you might be able to snap them. Make the raft whatever size you want! We used about 10 twigs that were roughly 16cm long. Step 2. Take a twig, tie on the twine at one end and knot it. Wind the twine around the other twigs, securing them all together to create the base of the raft. After both ends are tied together, attach a base twig at each end, running in the opposite direction to the other twigs. Step 3. Stand a taller twig in the middle of the raft as a flagpole. Using a hot glue gun, attach it with a generous amount of glue. You can also help the flagpole stay upright by…

20 min.
plain + simple

Tell us how your story begins. I was working in a group home for kids who had all kinds of trouble. They had suffered a lot of violence, a lot of abuse, a lot of addiction. And I was puzzled. I was also attending university and I took a course about what we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder. Our teacher was this really lovely medical doctor who’d worked in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was describing combat veterans and their symptoms: nervousness, jumpiness, hyper-vigilance, that kind of famous fight-or-flight tendency. He described over-controlling behaviour. The more he was describing combat veterans who weren’t adjusting very well, the more he seemed to be talking about the symptoms that the kids in the home I was working…

5 min.
nice-cream sandwiches

choco + choc-chip nice-cream sandwich For the chocolate cookies: Makes 20 · 230g / 8.1oz unsalted butter, softened· 1 cup (200g / 7oz) brown sugar· 1 tsp (5ml / 0.17 fl oz) vanilla paste· 1 1/2 cups (215g / 7.6oz) buckwheat flour· 1/2 cup (50g / 1.8oz) almond meal· 1/3 cup (35g / 1.2oz) cacao powder· 1 tbsp baking powder· 1 tsp ground cinnamon· pinch of fine salt 1. Place the butter, brown sugar and vanilla paste into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat the mixture on medium speed for 4–5 minutes or until it’s pale and fluffy. 2. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for around a minute, or until the mixture comes together. 3. Roll the mixture into a long log with a diameter of around…

4 min.
the motherhood hustle is better done together.

When did Pom Pom Social start? One year into motherhood (after leaving a long corporate career), I found myself starving for connection with other like-minded women who were also navigating this transition to parenthood. I thought it would be interesting to create a platform where we could share our experiences, learn from each other and make the mum-hustle a little bit less isolated. I invited a bunch of interesting mums I’d come across—some of them I knew, but most of them were strangers—to see what would happen. It became clear pretty quickly that there was an appetite and a need for this type of community, and Pom Pom Social was born. Why did it start? What is its purpose? In today’s society (in the US, in particular), we obsess about the birth and…