Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 21

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

7 min
hello lunch lady partners! tell us how your business has evolved in difficult times ?

nature baby Like many brands we have had to become more digitally focused. Not being able to open our stores during lockdowns has really challenged and accelerated our notion of authentic engagement. But we are determined to hold onto this idea while figuring out new ways to meet the changing needs of customers on their own journey. Georgia Faull Co-Founder naturally sustainable When life throws you whirlwinds, you just got to ride them out as positively as you can. Reflection and learning bring opportunities to adapt and grow. We have also stayed true to our sustainability ethos and have faith that our products benefit society and will stand the test of time. Tracy Russell Woman with Many Hats status anxiety Frantically. Six months ago the majority of our customers were buying our gear through bricks and mortar…

1 min
wow! so many talented people!

amber rossouw recipes beci orpin illustrations, papercraft + diy carine thévanau photographs cathy kamara writing celia c pérez writing children’s ground photographs dawn tan illustrations hetty mckinnon photographs, styling, recipes + writing jacinta moore photographs + styling lisa sorgini photographs luisa brimble photograph luke ryan writing mandy nolan writing maria midoes photograph nicole lutze writing sabine timm photograph sakuya higuchi illustrations sarah king recipes vincent dilio photograph yumi stynes writing cultural consultants kirli saunders naomi kissiedu-green susan carland Photograph on pages 066-067 Courtesy of Misaki Kawai + The Hole, New York City, USA Photograph on pages 070-071 Courtesy of Misaki Kawai + The Watermill Center, New York, USA Recipes + Photographs on pages 104-107 + The Anatomy Of Salad are from Community: New Edition by Hetty McKinnon, Published by Plum special thanks joss lewis, tory bauer, mylee fitzgerald, poppy, walker, andy mac, wolfie, juju, tahani + willow michael critchley meredith forrester Acknowledgement of Country Lunch Lady acknowledges the…

6 min
beach trip

POPPING MUESLI BARS Makes roughly 24 muesli bars • 1 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped• 1/2 cup pepitas• 1/4 cup sunflower seeds• 1/4 cup sesame seeds• 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, yields 5 cups popcorn• 1/4 cup hemp seeds• 1 tbsp chia seeds• 1/3 cup tahini• 1/4 cup honey• 2 tbsp rice malt syrup• 2 tsp vanilla bean paste• pinch of sea salt• 1 tbsp coconut oil 1. Preheat oven to 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3. 2. Line a 24 x 32cm (or medium-size) slice baking tray with baking paper. Roughly chop the cashews and place on the baking tray, along with the pepitas, sunflowers and sesame seeds. Bake for 8 minutes, shaking the tray halfway through cooking to ensure even roasting. Remove from oven and set aside, leaving the oven turned on. 3.…

7 min
take 3 for the sea!

What is Take 3 for the Sea? Take 3 is an Australian charity that removes rubbish from the environment through education programs, international campaigns and clean-ups. Take 3’s call to action is simple: take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or anywhere and you have made a difference. How did it begin? In 2009, two friends–Marine ecologist Roberta Dixon-Valk and youth educator Amanda Marechal–noticed plastic pollution washing up on their local beaches and recognised the devastating impacts this could have on oceans and wildlife. So they set about answering the question: how can we stop plastic pollution from harming wildlife and suffocating our planet? Joining forces with award-winning environmentalist Tim Silverwood, the trio publicly launched Take 3 for the Sea as an organisation in 2010. Why is it…

8 min
a team of rivals

Few relationships are as complicated, as close, as glorious and infuriating as the ones we share with our siblings. Even our romantic relationships, as textured and occasionally rocky as they are, pale in comparison; at least we get to choose who we create family with. Our siblings are simply there, foisted upon us without our consent, wildly different individuals who know us better than anyone else—our strengths, our weaknesses, our shames. Is it any wonder they sometimes drive us up the proverbial wall? While single-child families are on the rise throughout the Western world, the most common experience for children is still to have one or more siblings—more than 80 per cent of kids live with at least one brother or sister. And for many of us, these are the most…

4 min
arty farty

As the old cliché of art criticism goes: my six-year-old could paint that. Yet when it comes to the output of artist Misaki Kawai, that feels like the highest possible compliment. For in her big, bold colours, her wilfully naïve style and her sly, playful sense of humour, Kawai channels the best parts of a child’s mind–the playfulness, the curiosity and the abiding appreciation of a good fart. Originally hailing from Osaka but now living in Los Angeles–as she puts it, a place of “mountains, palm trees, squirrels, raccoons and helicopters“–Kawai was a “shy, but goofy” girl who spent her time drawing, painting and making crafts. Inspired by her mother, a professional puppet maker, and father, an architect and amateur painter, Kawai’s childhood was open-range and creatively driven. I think we should…