Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 25

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

12 min
hello lunch lady partners! how does your brand support community?

liilu As a young, family-run brand with a focus on sustainability, we make sure to work with partners who ensure fair working conditions so that everyone within the supply chain is treated well. It is important for us to provide garments at a high-quality standard, using fabrics from nearby suppliers to avoid any unnecessary imports and to support the Portuguese economy. As we have many protos and samples per season, we collect them and donate the garments to Portuguese Children’s homes. Sibylle Pal Founder + Creative Director lighthouse At Lighthouse, the most joyful thing about our brand is the joy that our products bring to our consumers. From the joy that is found in baking to relax and the joy that is found in baking for others, to the joy a child feels when…

1 min
a big warm thank you to these very talented folk for their contribution to this issue :)

aseel tayah recipes beci orpin illustration + craft cassie winslow recipes claire dunn writing clare bowditch writing dawn tan illustrations doan ly photographs jacinta moore photographs + styling joel (mulga) moore illustrations + tattoos lisa sorgini photograph mandy nolan writing nat mccomas photographs nicole lutze writing penny whitehouse writing rachel savage photograph cover rick bannister writing sakuya higuchi illustrations tekie quaye writing yvonn deitch recipes + styling kirli saunders cultural consultant ........................ Recipes and photos on pages 129-136 are from Floral Libations by Cassie Winslow and Doan Ly and published by Chronicle Books. + special thanks meredith forrester michael critchley tess + fern :) Acknowledgement of Country Lunch Lady acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. We acknowledge the Turrbal and Arakwal peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands on which Lunch…

11 min

Yvonn, tell us a little about your childhood. I grew up in East Germany, which was then Russian-occupied until the Berlin Wall came down when I was fourteen years old. My childhood was very different from many people growing up here, in Australia. We had no phone and no car. We had two channels of TV. We listened to records. Our apartment had a toilet half a staircase down. Heating was a beautiful tiled coal oven. It feels, when you talk about it, like a childhood from the ’50s. But for us kids, it was normal. There was often a shortage of certain foods in the shops, so my grandparents had a small plot of land. It was like a garden colony. You go there on the weekends; you tend to…

3 min
sunshine, flowers + picnic treats

PRETTY PICNIC SANDWICHES THE BEAUTY OF THESE SANDWICHES IS THE PRESENTATION + THE HOMEMADE LABNE, WHICH IS SO EASY! LABNE IS BASICALLY YOGHURT CHEESE. IT’S MADE BY STRAINING YOGHURT OVERNIGHT UNTIL IT LOSES ALL ITS LIQUID. • 1 tub of natural Greek yoghurt• salt• lemon zest• herbs• pink peppercorns• cucumber• bread• edible flowers• muslin cloth• brown paper• string 1. Stir the salt into the yoghurt and add lemon zest, herbs and pink peppercorns. Place filling into a muslin cloth and sit it over a bowl in the fridge overnight. 2. Spread labne on bread, add cucumber slices and wrap the sandwiches in brown paper and string. Decorate with edible flowers or herbs from your garden. 3. You can also form small balls of the labne and place them in a glass jar with olive oil,…

3 min

To the eyes of a 16th-century Swedish botanist, the trumpet-shaped flowers of a nasturtium resembled blood-stained helmets, and the round leaves looked like shields … If you squint a little, you’ll see what he means. Because of these morbid imaginings, this cheerful-looking plant earnt the name Tropaeolum, meaning ‘trophy pole’: a nod to the post-battle custom of Ancient Greeks and Romans who heaped the bloodied armour and weapons of their defeated enemies upon trophy poles. With their more common name, nasturtium, translating to ‘nose twister’, it’s fair to say these pungent little plants weren’t off to an alluring start by name alone. Despite the questionable titles bestowed upon nasturtiums, they’ve remained a popular plant throughout history. Originally from South America, nasturtiums grew in abundance on the mountain slopes of the Peruvian…

10 min

Describe yourself. My name is Iris and I’m an author, mother and unschooler. I live with my partner, Jason, and our two kids, Noah and Caleb. Noah is thirteen, and Caleb is eleven. We live in California, but our kids were born in China and we lived there for many years. What is Tiger parenting? The term ‘Tiger parent’ came from Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and is often associated with Asian parenting. Unfortunately, many people from Asian backgrounds understand that type of upbringing. It’s a very strict, authoritarian and hierarchical style of parenting. Are there similarities between Western parenting and Tiger parenting? Sure. I think mainstream parenting is generally focused on behaviour, and behaviour management is often the standard of good parenting in Asian and Western cultures. We are taught…