Sitting around the dinner table, savouring the taste of each sip of wine and each mouthful of food, it really will feel like Christmas in July. But don't forget that unlike the sub-zero Winters you find in Canada and Europe, Australian Winter doesn't have to mean complete and utter lockdown from the outdoors.
While many opt for trendy indoor dinner parties with home cooked food steaming up the windows, some Aussies still treat Winter like Summer and stick to serving it up on the verandah.
What's in Season for July
Wherever you are, delight in mixing wintry flavours together with soups such as carrot and fennel, roasts such as beef, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding; or perhaps Matt Moran's roast lamb with preserved lemon and char-grilled vegetables.
Don't forget to finish with a dessert that warms the heart and soul, like Irish oaty apple crumble topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Fruit in Season
Apples - Bonza, Braeburn, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Lady Williams, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Snow and Sundowner; Avocados – Fuerte, Hass and Sharwill; Cumquat, Custard Apples, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins – Ellendale and Imperials; Melons – champagne; Nashi, Olives, Oranges – navel; Papaya, Pineapple, Pomelo, Rhubarb and Tangelos.
Vegetables in Season
Asian Greens - bok choy, choy sum,