About Linda Ellis
AKA Lunch Lady Lou
HEY, I’M LINDA ELLIS BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOU.
I’m a self taught cook, recipe developer, veggie lover and Kitchen Nonna.
I’m on a mission to remind people (with passionate hand gestures) to take care of themselves and to cook! I teach you the things that your Grandma should have (maybe did a little bit) passed down to us. The knowledge of home cooking.
MY WORK: IN 2013 I LAUNCHED A LUNCH DELIVERY BUSINESS THAT CHANGED THE WAY CORPORATE WOMEN ATE
It was a hair-brained idea which morphed into a catering business and has seen my recipes and work show up in publications like Vogue… need I say more? Harris Farm, Body + Soul, 1Million Women and more.
In 2019 I closed my kitchen to help bring change within the home. As much as I love feeding people. I want to inspire you to feed yourself – day in, day out, with simple food and a side of kitchen dancing.
I BELIEVE AND I KNOW
Creating simple cooking rituals that support our health is too important to ignore or pass off for takeaway, UberEats and packet food.
Eating food you’ve made from scratch at home gives you more energy than the perceived threat that the effort of cooking (and washing up) will take away.
Innately, everyone knows how to cook but it’s been beaten out of us by an industry determined to make you believe that cooking is hard, messy, time consuming and a chore.
Cooking creates the connection we desire and savours the memories, culture and recipes from our past.
Everyone can cook and one of the only reasons cooking is boring is because we’ve been told to follow someone else’s ‘rules’ in the kitchen (via recipes) and if we pushed the ‘I can’t cook story’ to the side for 1 minute, a whole new world opens up.
I’M ALL FOR HEALTHY FOOD BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT DIETS
It’s not about rules. It’s not about numbers, calories or macro’s. It’s not about expensive fad foods. Follow any diet you like. At the end of the day, your body will tell you what’s what. It is always speaking to you. The low energy, the bloat, the dull eyes, the matte skin.
I’m here to remind you to take care of the one thing we have in our lives
that allows us to do everything we dream of doing in the world: our bodies.
THIS IS WHAT I DO
I burn your shackles from the kitchen, remove your recipe rut and
replace it with one simple belief: I can cook.
I empower you beyond the recipe into freestyle mode. We do this by cooking recipes, funny that. We keep cooking them, we reflect and we focus on flavour.
We start with the basic ingredients and your kitchen skills to create a supportive recipe bank through learnt experience that supports your life, values and schedule.
Things about me you may like to know…
Lemons – known amongst my friends as the girl who always carries lemons in her bag, just in case.
The ocean – quite possibly part mermaid, but yet to be confirmed. Loves jumping off the local Balmoral jetty, or floating over the breakers at the beach. Can body surf, but prefers for the wave to take her, rather than having to paddle more than 2 strokes to get on the wave. This type of laziness is what makes her so excited about a slow cooker, or any type of ‘set and forget’ meal.
Tea – intuitively creates herbal tea blends and if you’re lucky, you may receive a jar if we meet in person.
Coffee – but drinks a bit too much. Currently on a coffee break, where everyday is a negotiation not to drink a cup.
Moroccan / North African / Middle Eastern cooking.
The more herbs in food the better. I treat them like a leafy green.