Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 16

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 Issues

in this issue

7 min
hello foundation partners! what is the motivation behind your business? :)

Fictional Objects Emma Rutherford Founder + Designer Our motivation from the beginning was to create a useful, long-lasting and beautiful product that people value. We are fuelled by design-community thinking of slow fashion, conscious consumption and responsible manufacturing. We create small quantities of each product, and only one collection of prints per year, ’cause that’s enough. Basil Bangs Krista Huebner Co-founder + Boss Lady We are motivated by good design and building a business based on quality product; we want to create treasured items that last—not ‘stuff’. Basil Bangs started because we wanted a beautiful beach umbrella, one with vintage roots and modern materials that could be used and loved for years. Our range has grown over the past ten years, but our values are the same. Breville Olivia Baillie Trade Marketing Executive Breville’s rich…

12 min
hey bud

PASSIONFRUIT JELLIES • 12-16 passionfruits• 2 tbsp gelatine powder• 1/2 cup (125ml / 4 fl oz) water• 1 cup (250ml / 8 fl oz) orange juice 1. Cut the passionfruit in half and scrape out the pulp. 2. Add 2 tablespoons of gelatine powder to the 1/2 cup of water, and leave to bloom. 3. Heat the orange juice and add the bloomed gelatine. 4. Stir until dissolved. 5. Add passionfruit pulp. 6. Pour the jelly mix into shells and put them in the fridge for at least two hours to set. SAVOURY SPRING PANCAKES IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SPICINESS OF SPRING ONIONS, FEEL FREE TO USE EXTRA SLICED SNOW PEAS—AND IF YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE THE DIPPING SAUCE, SPRINKLE THE COOKED PANCAKES WITH FLAKED SALT AFTER FRYING. Makes 4 For the pancakes: • 2 cups (240g / 8.4oz) plain…

7 min
madame butterfly

Few members of the animal kingdom evoke our sense of childlike wonder quite like the butterfly. There’s something almost absurdly fanciful about them—the riotous colours, the bobbing flying motion, the whole metamorphosis thing. Butterflies seem to exist outside the normal order of nature, strange and magical animals floating above the base desires and violence of regular Darwinian life. They’ve been the stuff of myths and the muse for many a poet—as well as the inspiration for many an ill-advised tattoo. But who are these creatures and why are we so fascinated by them? From an etymological standpoint, butterflies, along with moths, belong to the order Lepidoptera, hence the delightful name for those who study and collect butterflies: lepidopterists. While there are more than 18,000 distinct species of butterfly in the world,…

1 min
pressing flowers

1. Collect your flowers. Flowers that are ‘flat’ press quicker and produce the best results. Make sure they are dry–any extra moisture can cause mould to form during the pressing process. 2. To press the flowers, use a big heavy book. Open up the book and place folded sheets of tissue paper between the pages. Some moisture from the flowers can leach into the surrounding pages and cause mould, so use an old book or several sheets of paper to prevent this. 3. Arrange your flowers on the tissue paper, making sure they aren’t overlapping (unless you want them to). Close the book. 4. Weight down the book by placing other heavy books or bricks on top of it. Leave in a cool, dry place. 5. Change the papers after 1 week–then leave for…

1 min
make a butterfly feeder

ALL YOU NEED: a jar, a sponge, string, a hammer, nails, sugar, water + fresh flowers! STEP 1 Get one of your old jam jars. Using a hammer and nail, puncture a hole in the centre of the lid. STEP 2 Cut a small piece of sponge and pull it through the hole in the lid so it's a snug fit. STEP 3 Turn the glass jar upside down. Cut two long pieces of string. Wrap each string around the base of the jar and tie a double knot (the two knots should be on opposite sides of the jar). STEP 4 You should now have four strings extending from the jar (labelled 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Take 1B and 2B and tie a double knot halfway up the jar. STEP 5 Do the same with strings 1A and…

10 min
climate changer

Who is in your family? There’s me, my husband Tim, and our two daughters: Ramona, eight, and Juno, six. Tell us about your life in London before children. With my master’s degree finished, I began working as a campaigner for Oxfam. One of my biggest campaigns focused on climate change. This was twelve years ago, when discussions were about what climate change would look like in developing countries, and how we could mitigate the effects already being experienced. Tim also worked for a charity, and while we both enjoyed our jobs, they were quite intense roles with long hours. We were part of the 9-to-5 commute, paying the mortgage on our traditional Victorian terrace in South London. When did you first realise you were an activist? I think I was born an activist, and my parents…