I travel for work… A lot!


Charlotte Ree | August 25, 2015

Last year I flew close to 40 flights ✈️ and this year there will be just a few more than that. Despite being exhausting at times, there are some perks to being a frequent flyer…

Things like becoming an expert suitcase packer, knowing which lines move the fastest, how to avoid those pesky security checks and most importantly, automatic Qantas club membership (AKA unlimited ham, cheese and tomato toasties).


I have my own travel essentials that I just can’t leave home without. Most importantly, my Crumpler ‘Vis-A-Vis’ suitcase. This is where the #travelnerd in me comes out. I spent months studying the perfect hard case suitcase and stumbled upon this sexy beast and it’s even sexier compression packing system! Plus it has a lifetime warranty.

I also travel everywhere with my Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment, Aesop Skincare hand cream, backup iPhone battery pack, laptop, bottle of water and a damn good book (preferably published by Pan Macmillan).


How to make a delicious plunger coffee and some okay, perhaps interesting cookies.


Mel Howard | August 18, 2015

Soon I am going away, and I’m not particularly sure if I will be back.
This is exciting for a lot of reasons, but it also takes more planing than I expected.
I have lived here now for eight and half years and in that time have accumulated a collection of items that I now need to shed. Amongst my many beloved books and trinkets, there is the issue of my eternally stocked pantry.

My mother and hers before her are firm believers in having everything on hand. Up until now, this trait has served to mostly amaze my friends when they find themselves sponateously in my home around a meal time or inbetween a meal times, because I am absolutely always hungry, and despite minimal warning I am able to whip up almost anything they desire. Until now, it has been a fabulous habit. Until now, when I am leaving in seven weeks and I have more buckwheat flour and dried black beans then anyone could think to purpose.

I set myself a challenge to use only that which is left in my pantry, minus fresh produce of course, until I leave.

I made these cookies solely because they used Besan flour, which isn’t a particularly pleasant tasting flour and I bought a whole lot of it on an organic food binge a couple of months ago.

Lemon Ginger Coconut Cookies

125g icing sugar
150ml of grapeseed oil (maybe 10ml extra)
250g besan (chickpea) flour
1/2 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
A pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
The juice and rind of 1 lemon
1/4 cup of coconut
1/3 cup loosely ground almonds

Mix all the ingredients except the almonds until the mixture forms a sticky dough and knead in the bowl for a good five minutes. Add a little extra flour or oil as needed. On a sheet of cling wrap spread the almonds and coconut and roll the mixture on top and into a log. Let it set in the fridge overnight, or just until it’s cold, it’s hard to cuts when warm. Line a baking tray with baking paper and cut the log into 1cm discs, squash the cookies down a little and bake in a medium oven (170-190 degrees) for 10-15 minutes or until dark brown. Let them cool on the tray otherwise they will break to pieces!

Coffee is one of my favourite things. That is all I feel the need to say about coffee.

1. Boil kettle.
2. Place heaped tablespoon of ground coffee in a one cup plunger.
3. Add a dash of ground cinnamon.
4. Pour boiling water over coffee and let that baby sit for five minutes while you soak up the smells of coffee and lemon and the strangely moreish, or if you are in my family, nawish (which I’ve just discovered is not actually a real word) combination of besan and grapeseed.
5. Sit in the winter sunshine with a gorgeous new release book and bask in the fabulous world.

My pantry, now a little lighter, gives me hope that I will in fact be able to repurpose the ridiculous collection of lovely things I own in search of possibly even lovelier things.


[ Credits: Words by Mel Howard, Illustrations by me. ]

Morning Smoothie

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Here is an easy, delicious, fresh and cleansing smoothie recipe my friend Kristin shared with me the other day.


  1. 1/4 cup cucumber
  2. 1/4 cup spinach
  3. 1/2 a green apple
  4. 1/2 cup pineapple
  5. 1/2 lemon squeezed
  6. 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  7. 1 cup coconut water

Add all the ingredients into your blender and voila! Smoothie time!


John Wolseley – NGV



11 APRIL 2015 – 20 SEPTEMBER 2015


I went to the NGV Ian Potter Gallery to see this exhibition and I think it is absolutely incredible.

John Wolseley is from the United Kingdom and has been living in Australia since 1976. Wolseley was commissioned by Sir Roderick Carnegie AC to complete a “new series of works that would capture the Australian landscape at the beginning of the twenty-first century.”

I highly recommend that when you see the exhibition that you should go on a guided tour (the exhibition and tour are free.) I feel that it adds more value and insight to you and you can get to know the art works a  lot better.

Being a city dweller myself, what I enjoyed the most (aside from being inspired by Wolseley’s techniques and art) is that it brought my attention to the natural world. Wolseley mentions in the video at the end that “as a species we are completely detached from natural world”, he says that what he does to create his work is to understand how the natural world works, and to do so he lives the landscapes and now has “almost four decades of intimate association with the land.”

The exhibition ends in September (which is a while a way) but put it into your schedule and make sure you see it before then. I know I’ll definitely go to see it again.


LINK to NGV page

LINK to John Wolseley Webpage


credits: Photographs by Juliet, Artwork by John Wolseley