January 28, 2023

The best summer food is…

A fresh seafood platter is a summer delight. Credit:iStock

Summer seafood is great; prawns, oysters, fish. In Australia we have the enormous privilege of having such a diversity of good and fresh food, but the Australian tradition of seafood is second to none.

Is there a scent that defines summer?

The blooming jasmine vine on my garage wall. Rich, exotic, almost overwhelming, that aroma lifts me to a glorious place.

My favorite summer song is…

Sounds of So (This is Australia) by GANGgajang. It captures the quintessential Aussie experience, especially in the northern Australian heat: “Out on the patio, we would sit and breathe in the humidity. We would see the lightning strike the cane fields…” – is very reminiscent of my life before Melbourne in the far north of Australia, first in far north Queensland, then in the Northern Territory.

GANGgajang is an Episcopal favorite.

The worst thing about summer is…

Tanned. And it can happen so fast: in a single hot hour on a summer afternoon. No more sunbathing for a tan for me, and hats in the garden. Stay safe from the sun!

Guilty pleasure?

Listen to the radio commentary of the Boxing Day test match. In a delicious irony, perhaps the best part is enjoying ABC commentators doing something interesting and entertaining when not much is going on. Dissemination of art at its best.

-With Stephen Brook

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