Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 18

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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in this issue

8 min
hello lunch lady partners! tell us the best customer review you’ve ever received?

Paradigm Marissa Cundiff Marketing Director We love to hear our customers tell us that Paradigm eyewear has tonnes of trendy, unisex basics and how super comfortable the styles are. We also love hearing how universally flattering the eyewear is–there’s truly something for every face, skin tone and personality. Lastly, we’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and only work with factories who do the same. Our customers really care about this and we really love that. Birkenstock Australia Katrina Evans Brand Manager To my sponsors at Birkenstock Australia–I owe every thanks. This walk simply could not have continued without you. In particular, Marcel Goerke, who supported me not only through sponsorship but in the aftermath of the walk. Even better, he made me a pair of sandals that walked 4200 kilometres without a blow-out. They…

9 min
baking + barcelona

COCA DE RECAPTE CON CEBOLLA Y PIMIENTOS A RELATIVELY THIN FLATBREAD MADE OF A SIMPLE OLIVE OIL DOUGH, TOPPED WITH CARAMELISED ONIONS AND ROASTED RED AND GREEN PEPPERS. For the dough: • 450g / 15.8oz flour• 9g / 0.3oz salt• 250ml / 8.5 fl oz sparkling mineral water (or half water, half beer)• 80ml / 2.7 fl oz olive oil For the topping: • 3 sweet white onions• olive oil• 2–3 red and green peppers, roasted for one hour in the oven at 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6• salt and pepper, to taste 1. To make the dough, put the flour and salt in a big bowl, and mix in the wet ingredients. 2. Once combined, knead the dough until elastic and smooth. Form a ball and wrap in film. Leave to rest for half…

5 min
hello mariló + jana :)

Describe who you are. J: I’m Jana, architect converted to baker, passionate about the food we put into our bodies, how we prepare it and where it comes from. I’m originally from Germany but have been living in Barcelona for almost twenty years now. My husband, Nando, is Italian, so at home it’s a nice mix of languages, recipes and influences of all kinds. M: I’m Mariló. I’m a Catalan teacher who loves collecting memories through photography. I also have a passion for aesthetics, which I express through styling and curating. I am from a seaside village in the Maresme area near Barcelona. When I met my partner, I moved to Barcelona, but we still love spending weekends and summer holidays in my village on the beach or in my family’s kitchen…

3 min

Long before five-year-olds were queuing up the next episode of Bluey on their iPads, there was Fuzzy-Felt. You remember it, right? The two-dimensional soft felt toy of your childhood that required no USB cable or AirPods. If you’re having trouble recalling this toy of yesteryear, we suggest unlocking the recesses of your brain where you store the memories of other nostalgia-inducing relics such as the Walkman and the paper doll. In 2020, Fuzzy-Felt will celebrate its seventieth birthday. It was created in 1950, making it nine years older than Mattel’s Barbie and twenty-one years older than the first printed deck of Uno cards. While Fuzzy-Felt might not be as popular today as it was at its peak in the 1970s, it’s still in production, offering a blank (fuzzy) canvas to kids…

1 min

YOU WILL NEED... • large piece of black felt (big enough to cover backing board) • piece of ply or thick card to use as a backing board (we used A3 size but any size can work) Step 1 : To make the backing board, place the black felt on top of the ply board and trim the felt to sit flush with the edges of the board. Glue the felt to the backing board. Leave to dry, if necessary. Step 2 : Cut out your templates. Pin one to the colour of felt you’d like to cut that shape out of. Cut out the felt, using the pinned template as a guide. If there’s a shape you like missing from the templates, draw your own template and cut from that. The cutting can…

7 min
optimistic kids

The importance of optimism is drummed into us from an early age. “Look on the bright side,” people say. “Be a glass-half-full person!” “Stop being such a whingey little sad sack!” (You can thank my older brother for that one.) Yet people rarely stop to ask, well, what exactly are we hoping for when we feed our children these messages? Is optimism a prerequisite for lifelong happiness? And if we’re trying so hard to build a sense of optimism in our kids, then why are childhood depression and anxiety at such epidemic rates? On at least one point, the science is clear: young children are natural-born optimists. “Kids have what we call a ‘positivity bias’,” explains Dr Janet Boseovski, a researcher in early childhood psychology with the University of North Carolina.…