Lunch Lady Magazine

Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 23

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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11 min.
hello lunch lady partners! how does your brand contribute?

antipoda co At Antipoda Co we have proudly created an inclusive and flexible working environment that allows a healthy balance of work and family life. To future generations, we contribute by supporting brands that produce in a sustainable and ethical way, and we also ensure our company’s carbon footprint is minimised. We strive to create a more diverse marketplace by sourcing products with unique and interesting designs. We endeavour to nurture small business by supporting boutique and independent retailers. And we give back to the community by supporting various charities. Tania Sanchez Co-Founder purebaby Purebaby uses organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. This means that our certified organic items contain at least 95 per cent organic fibres, and our dyes are free from harsh chemicals, bleaches, and other irritants or pollutant…

1 min.
make tea bag dunking bickies!!!

You will need: • 1 quantity sugar biscuit dough, chilled (see sugar biscuit recipe on page 117).• dark cooking chocolate, chopped• white cooking chocolate, chopped• pink cooking chocolate, chopped (alternatively, add a pink gel paste or oil-based food colouring to the white chocolate)• tea bag shape template (see page 127)• wooden skewer or toothpick• scissors• tea bag tag cut-outs (see page 163)• double-sided tape or glue• thread 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. 2. Remove the dough from the fridge and let it stand for 5 minutes. 3. Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut tea bag shapes with a sharp knife, using carboard template as a guide. 4. Place the tea bag biscuits on a tray lined with baking paper. Make…

12 min.
mabu mabu

What does Mabu Mabu mean? Mabu means ‘help yourself’. When all the families come together, we always have a banquet of food. Someone always says, “Mabu Mabu,” and everybody grabs a plate and helps themselves. I’m Merriam, which means I’m from Mer Island (the furthest out of all the other islands in Torres Strait). It’s from our language, which is Merriam Mer. But it’s combined with other languages as well, because we have many different dialects and different languages for different groups of islands. Bringing Mabu Mabu to Melbourne—how did that happen? I wanted to open something that could change people’s views and represent where I come from. We don’t hear much about island people, and we are the other flag that gets flown in Australia. I wanted to show people that Indigenous…

17 min.
yumi stynes (aka the zero f*cks cook.)

When did you learn to cook? I remember being fresh out of high school and having NO IDEA about cooking. I made two-minute noodles; awful, awful curries; and dastardly pasta. One Christmas my sister gave me one of those pie-maker appliances WHICH I LOVED. I lived on pies for about two years. Puff pastry, a tin of tuna, some corn and some cheese. The worst thing was waiting for them to be ready. I had no idea how to even be patient enough to wait the twelve minutes for the damn pies to cook! Who taught you? Eventually I learnt to cook because I quit my bartending job and started working as a dishwasher in a really busy cafe. It was disgusting work, hard and dirty but crazy fun, and I loved being…

1 min.
a huge thank you to our very awesome contributors :)

beci orpin illustration, papercraft + tree house diy craft cathy kamara writing clementine ford writing dani venn recipes + styling danie pout recipes + styling denyse waissbluth writing domenic coloca tree house diy craft jacinta moore photographs + styling luke ryan writing kemal yusaf photograph kirsten drysdale writing mandy nolan writing nayuka gorrie writing nicole lutze writing nornie bero recipe + writing parker blain photograph phil gallagher photographs rangga yudhistira photographs raymond huber writing rick bannister writing sakuya higuchi illustrations tatanja ross photograph tory bauer + mylee fitzgerald production + styling yumi stynes writing + recipes kirli saunders cultural consultant + special thanks !! anneliese tesselaar dillon reichinger meredith forrester michael critchley tiffany richmond + agatha, buster, goldie, henry, hugo, isabelle, matilda, moka, river, seren, tess, ziggy + parents! Recipes from The Zero F*cks Cookbook and Zero F*cks Cooking Endless Summer by Yumi Stynes and published by Hardie Grant Books. Extract from Tree Beings by Raymond Huber…

3 min.
the deep history of the all-time children’s classic, snakes + ladders.

One hundred numbered squares, a six-sided die, and a suite of ladders to carry you up and snakes to carry you down. As far as games go, it doesn’t get much simpler. Yet snakes and ladders is one of the most popular and enduring board games in the world, a diversion that you can be confident that you, your children, their grandparents and their great grandparents have all played a similar version of. However, what we know as snakes and ladders is actually a derivation of a much older Indian game called moksha patam. Emerging from the same family of spiritually inclined dice games as both Ludo and Parcheesi (gyan chauper and pachisi) around the 2nd century BCE, mokshawhich refers to the nirvana-like state where the cycle of death and rebirth…