Oat Pancakes with Stewed Vanilla Peaches

It seems our Queensland summer has been hotter and more humid than it normally is this time of year.  The windows and doors are flung wide open each day, but there is no respite from the overwhelming heat, as the house fills with warm, damp air.  This type of heat is stifling and oppressive - it drains us of our energy, and makes us irritable and uncomfortable most of the time.  The only way to escape it is to swim in the creek or pool, but of course we can't do that all day, as much as we would love to.

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Coconut Raspberry Slice

Sadly, today is the last day of school holidays, with the kids returning to school tomorrow.  It's been a lovely six weeks spent together.  We've picnicked, swam almost daily in the creek and pool, gone for long country drives, shopped 'til we've dropped, and just relaxed at home content in each other's company.  So I thought I'd spend the afternoon baking them a little lunchbox treat to help them through the next few busy days whilst they settle in to their new school year.

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Moroccan Glazed Chicken

Right now, we're in the middle of Summer.  The days have been long and hot, and the nights muggy.  This time of year I tend to prefer cooking light meals for dinner that are quick and simple to prepare to limit the amount of time I spend by a hot stove, and if it can be cooked outdoors, all the better!

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New Year, New Look

They say change is as good as a holiday, and since I don't get the opportunity to do much of the latter, I'm hoping the changes to my blog will re-energise and invigorate me in order to get the creative juices flowing once again!

So as I welcome the New Year, I say goodbye to my old blog 'Good Tukka', which I created 5 years ago, and hello to my new (and hopefully improved) blog, 'A Country Table'.

I decided to change the name and look of my blog as I felt I needed to make it more of a reflection of who I am as a person - my style of cooking, my home life, my interests, and passions.  I'm very much a country girl at heart, originally hailing from a small country town in rural Victoria along the mighty Murray River.  Growing, sourcing and cooking good food, and sharing it with family and friends has long filled me with joy, pride, and a sense of satisfaction.

So I invite you to take a seat and join me at my country table.  I hope to continue to share my love of food with you, as well as all that a simple life has to offer - living mindfully and meaningfully with my family as I go about tending to my fruit and vegetable garden, foraging in the countryside, and partaking in my favourite pastime, photography.

Thank you for all your support over the years, without you my dear readers, none of this would have been worth it.