September at Jubilee Lake.

Park News

Ongoing maintenance has been underway in the park for the last few months. The old toilet block and laundry is one of the main jobs being undertaken to bring them up to a more contemporary standard.  The work is time consuming with rain and the cold taking its toll on many people. It has snowed in the park already this year and word is that there will be more falling from the skies on Monday 4th Sept. If you are planning on coming to the park we’d advise you to rug up well.

Many people have rung to book a site or cabin for the Cup Weekend. We are nearly full up to pussy’s bow! There are only some unpowered sites left. Be quick to secure your 4 or 5 days of bliss in the park. The weather should be a little milder by then hopefully.

Out and About in Daylesford. 

There are heaps of things to do in and around Daylesford.

If you scroll down this page to last month, August, you will find a complete list of all the markets in and around the local towns. If the weather is inclement, I’d suggest you go and have a look at the Mill Market as it is undercover. Good fun at any time of the year, but in winter they have a wood fired heater in the cafe which is very cosy and a great place to grab a coffee and some lunch.

For the more adventurous there are many bush walks and bike rides that can be done in and around the Daylesford area. For maps and other information pop into the Daylesford Tourist Information centre.

Many Mineral Springs are located in Daylesford and the Hepburn Spring areas, each one tastes a little different as the composition of the minerals varies. The Mineral Springs water is also famous for its therapeutic benefits, for helping to ease pain and other ailments. Learn more about how the mineral springs were discovered, developed and where they are so you too can come and collect some to take home or partake of on site. www.daylesforddelights.com/mineral-springs

There are Vineyards and much Farm Gate Produce available around the towns and other local areas. Discover where there are farms proudly selling their home grown produce, some of it is also organic. Signs are proudly displayed at the farm gates if they are open for business. You will find many items of interest for sale including bags of pine cones, bags of potatoes, honey, citrus fruit, fresh flowers, potted plants, and bags of animal manure. Quite often they work on the honour system and there is a tin to put the payment in. Many country children collect and bag the produce for sale so they can earn some pocket money.

Picnics spots and fishing spots abound around Daylesford. Brown and Rainbow trout plus some Redfin are the most caught fish.

Daylesford Botanic Gardens on top of Wombat Hill are lovely to walk through at any time of the year. There is a cafe situated in the gardens and refreshments and meals can be had. For the energetic there is also a lookout tower with many steps to the top affording a fabulous view over the whole surrounding countryside.

For Ladies and Men who love Crafts.

Scroll down the page to last months notes regarding Bendigo Woollen Mills  74 kms from Daylesford. Tylden Junction Hotel at Tylden, The Haberdashery at 6 Howe St, Daylesford and at Ballan the Millrose Quilting and Gallery at 96 Inglis Street, Ballan.

For The Children

‘Fairy Park’ is just down the Ballan road on the way towards Geelong. This place is Paradise for children with the Camelot Playground and many interactive fairy tales to look at and participate with. There are shelters, hot water and barbecues available. Recommended for those who are young at heart and under 12 years of age.  www.fairypark.com.au Look for the giant at the entrance gate.

Daylesford Play Cafe. Open 7 days a week, 9.30am – 5pm. Fee structure, under 1yr are free, Children over 1yr $8.00. After School Entry 3.30pm-5pm $5.00. A ten pass card $65.00. 8/37-39 East Street, Daylesford, 03 5348 1537  www.facebook.com.au/daylesfordplaycafe

 

Camping Recipe

Spinach and Fetta Damper

Plain Flour to dust

450g (3 cups) S R Flour

100g butter chopped,

200g Feta, crumbled

70gm (1 cup) Shredded Parmesan

60g baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped,

160ml (2/3 cup)milk

1 egg, lightly whisked

1 1/2 Tbls shredded Parmesan, extra

method:

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Dust a baking tray with plain flour or line it with baking paper.

2. Place the SR Flour and chopped butter into a bowl. Using your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, or blitz in a food processor.  Stir in the feta, parmesan and spinach.

3. Add the milk and egg to the flour mixture. Stir until well combined.

4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to bring the dough together. Knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Shape dough into a 20cm disk. Place on the prepared tray. Use a sharp knife dipped in flour to score the top into 8 wedges. Top with the extra parmesan cheese.

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.

Diabetic Recipe for Types 1 and 2, or those on a sugar free diet.

I have searched High and Low for suitable diabetic jams, marmalades and jelly’s without success. I knew that sugar free peanut butter and other nut butters were available as well as good old vegemite. But I longed for fruity flavours without spiking GI levels. Then, I remembered an odd little aside that my lecturer said over 40 years ago which was,’Pectin requires the presence of heat, sugar and acid to form a gel but pectin will also form a gel with calcium, acid and heat. I set about researching that information. I was amazed at how many different types of calcium there are.  Its true though! I discovered an American company that makes a product that we can purchase right here in Australia. Its called ‘Pomona’s Pectin’. You can make sugar free jams, marmalades and jellies. Go to www.greenlivingaustralia.com.au and put ‘Pomona Pectin‘ into the search bar. It comes in a 1 oz pack which makes approx. 176 x 250ml jars of jam, 8 oz pack makes approx. 352 x 250ml jars of jam, 16 oz pack will make approx. 352 x 250ml jars jam and finally 32 oz pack will make approx. 704 x 250ml jars of jam. You will receive two packs, one of pectin and a smaller package of calcium. A leaflet comes with the powders that explains how to use the calcium by mixing 1/2 teaspoon into 1/2 cup water. This leaflet is a goldmine of information and recipes. You can make jams with xylitol, stevia, erythritol etc or combinations of those sweeteners or no sweeteners at all. Since purchasing the kit I have made heaps of jams, Kiwi and Lime, Seville Orange Marmalade, Mandarin marmalade, Quince jam and Blueberry and Lavender jam. It’s so easy.

I’ll be making Raspberry and Rose this week. I’ve given jars of jam away. It is so yummy. The jams will keep for 1 year and once opened they must be refrigerated and used within 3 weeks. I have used mandarin marmalade in a salad dressing, yummy. I had some in a glass dissolved with mineral water, also yummy. Jams are also good mixed with water and frozen as ‘jamcicles’. The American website for this product pomonapectin.com’ has heaps more jam recipes. I’d also recommend a book called ‘Preserving with Pomonas Pectin’. This is available from Green Living in Queensland and is written by an avid user of the pectin, Allison Carroll Duffy. My book already has lots of notes added to the recipes I’ve made.

Next months recipe is a Jam Coconut Slice that is suitable for types 1 and 2 Diabetes. So, start making some sugar free jams, conserves, jellies and marmalades.

Xylitol, erythritol and stevia blends are available from www.naturallysweet.com.au and xylitol from www.sweetlife.com.au

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)

 

Recipes

Easy Peasy Camp Recipe

Chicken Killara (Serves 4)

4 pieces chicken

2 tbls Butter or olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

1 can mushroom soup

(extras if desired, 2 rashers bacon, chopped;  1 carrot, sliced and fresh mushrooms. Asparagus in spring)

Method:

Heat oven to 180C. You can fry the chicken in the butter or olive oil to brown beforehand or not. Your choice. Place chicken and other ingredients into casserole dish. Bake for 1 – 1 1/4 hours. This can also be slow cooked or cooked in a pressure cooker. Serve with mashed potato and greens of choice.

Diabetic Recipe (T2)  or  for those on a Sugar Free Diet.

Rock Cakes

2 cups wholemeal S.R. Flour

1/2 teas mixed spice or cinnamon

100g Butter, chopped

1/3 cup Xylitol*

2 Tbls of Currants (less fructose than sultanas)

1 Tbls mixed peel or chopped Walnuts

1 Egg

1/2 cup Lactose free milk, or almond milk

Method

Heat oven to 200C. Line a Baking Sheet with Baking Paper. Into a food processor place the flour, spice, chopped butter and the Xylitol*. Blitz. If you don’t have a food processor, rub the butter into the flour, spice and xylitol using your fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Place dry mixture into a bowl, add the currants and peel or walnuts. Mix the milk and egg together and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Place 14 spoonfuls of mixture onto the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown 10 – 15 minutes. Cool on a cake cooler.

 

*Xylitol has a low GI of 7.  It has no aftertaste and is used in cooking cup for cup like sugar. You would not pick the difference between sugar and xylitol in food. Read all about it on the following websites.

Available from www.naturallysweet.com.au   or  www.sweetlife.com.au

Just because it does not raise blood sugar levels does not mean that you can eat far too much. One piece of cake is delightful with a cuppa. Freeze the cakes in labelled ziploc bags or a suitable container as Xylitol does not have the keeping properties of sugar. They thaw out quickly, just remove a piece 15 minutes before it is required.

Xylitol is perfectly healthy for humans but deadly poisonous to dogs just like chocolate and grapes. Do not feed sweet treats to your pets as they can’t tell you when they have a toothache.

Pamela

(Board Member)

Easy Peasy Camp Recipe

 Cottage  or Shepherds Pie (Seves 6)

1 kg Minced Beef  or  1 kg Minced Lamb

250g jar of Rosella Fruit Chutney

1 onion, chopped finely

1 cup frozen peas

1 carrot, grated

6 – 7 Potatoes

1 cup grated tasty cheese (optional)

Method:

Heat oven to 180C.

Peel and boil the potatoes until tender or microwave till tender. Mash with some added pepper and salt and a small amount of milk. Add grated Tasty cheese if desired and mix through the potatoes.

In a large bowl mix together the minced meat of choice, onion, fruit chutney, frozen peas and grated carrot together until well mixed. Press mixture into a baking or pie tin.

Dob the mashed potatoes over the top of the mince mix until it can be spread out evenly. Mark lines with a fork.

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45mins – 1 hour or until cooked through.

Serve.

Diabetic Recipe (T2) or for those on a Sugar Free Diet.

Banana Bread

225g (1 1/2 cups) Wholemeal Plain Flour

4 teas Baking powder

1/2 cup Xylitol* or 3/4 cup Erythritol*

1 1/2 teas ground cinnamon

125g (1/2 cup) butter, chopped

2 large or 3 small well ripened bananas, mashed

1/3 cup sultanas

1/3 cup currants

2 Eggs, beaten

1 Tbls sugar free Maple Flavoured Syrup (Queen brand)

Method:

Pre heat oven 180C. Line a loaf tin 23cm x 13cm x 7cm with Baking Paper.

Into a food processor add the flour, baking powder, xylitol (or erythritol), cinnamon and chopped butter. Blitz until well incorporated, or, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs.

In a separate bowl mash the well ripened bananas. Mix in the eggs, maple flavoured syrup and the dried fruit.

Mix the dry flour mixture into the mashed banana mixture until well blended.

Spoon mixture into the lined loaf tin. Bake for approx. 45 minutes. Test with a skewer in the centre. If it comes out clean, remove the loaf tin from the oven and allow the banana bread to cool in the tin. Cut bread into slices and freeze until required in a ziploc bag or container. Serve each slice buttered.

 

*Xylitol and Erythritol can be purchased from   www.naturallysweet.com.au   Xylitol is as sweet as sugar with no nasty aftertaste and can be used cup for cup like sugar. Erythritol is 75% as sweet as sugar so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would need to add 1 1/4 cups erythritol to obtain the same sweetness.

Xylitol can also be purchased from www.sweetlife.com.au

Please Note. Xylitol is harmless to humans but poisonous for dogs. Do not let your pets eat any dropped crumbs. You should not feed anything sweet to your pets as they can’t tell you when they have a toothache.

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)

 

Easy Peasy Camping Recipe

Frankfurters in Damper

Transforms damper in to a bush hot dog.

2 cups SR flour

30g butter, chopped

3/4 c Buttermilk

6 Frankfurters

1 egg, lightly beaten

Tomato sauce to serve.

6 paddle pop sticks (to aid holding hot frankfurters)

Method;

  1. Sift flour into a bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre. Add buttermilk. Using a flat bladed knife, stir until mixture forms a soft dough, adding more buttermilk if necessary. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until smooth (don’t over knead).
  2. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll 1 portion out to 10cm x 16cm rectangle. Push 1 paddle pop stick into the end of each frankfurt. Place frankfurt in the centre of the dough. Roll up dough to enclose frankfurt. Repeat with remaining dough, paddle pop sticks and frankfurts.
  3. Place a large greased cast iron pot or pan over fairly high heat. Brush dough with the beaten egg. Carefully place in pot. Cover with a lid. Reduce heat to low. Cook, turning occasionally for 15 minutes or until golden all over. Carefully remove from pot. Serve with tomato sauce.

 

Diabetic Recipe (T2) or for Sugar Free Diets

Coconut and Clementine Slice

Base – 130g unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup powdered xylitol or erythritol (can be done in a food processor or blender with a very low                blade)

1  cup wholemeal plain flour

Topping – 4 Eggs

1/3 cup wholemeal plain flour

juice of 1 orange

juice of 1 lemon

3/4 c xylitol (or erythritol, or Natvia Stevia Baking Mix.), powdered

1 cup desiccated coconut

Method;

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a slice tin approx 27cm x 17.5cm with Baking Paper.
  2. Place flour, butter and xyltiol powder into a food processor. Blitz.
  3. Press mixture into the base of the slice tin. Bake for 15 mins until lightly golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together remaining 1/3 cup flour, eggs, juice of orange and lemon, desiccated coconut and 3/4c xylitol powder.
  5. Pour mixture evenly over prepared base. Bake for 25  – 35 minutes or until lightly browned and firm. Cool in pan before cutting into 18 squares.
  6. Store in a container in the freezer. (Xylitol, Erythritol, Natvia etc do not have the keeping properties of sugar).

Never ever feed food containing Xylitol to dogs as it is poisonous to them. You should not be feeding pets any sweet food as they cannot tell you when they have a tooth ache.

Xylitol, Erithritol and Stevia Blends can be obtained from www.naturallysweet.com.au

Xylitol can also be obtained from wwwsweetlife.com.au   Both sites will give you information about the products and recipe books can be obtained.

Xylitol has a GI of 7     Sugar has a GI of 65

Pamela

(Home Economist and Jubilee Lake Board Member)

 

 

 

 

August at Jubilee Lake

Park News

The Old Toilet Block will be closed this month for a much needed refurbishment. The newer toilet block will be operational during this time.

Other works will be taking place in and around the park while the weather is cool such as general maintenance, drainage, landscaping, trimmings and plantings.

 

Daylesford and Surrounding areas.

Words in Winter Writers Festival from 4th – 13th August

Various events across the Hepburn Shire. See website or program for more info

www.wordsinwinter.com/event/tickets

 

Zoe Knighton performs ‘Bach’ 6 Cello Suites – Sunday 13th August from 1.30pm

At Hill House: 290 Pearsons Rd, East Trentham

Tickets: $35/30. Students $20, Child (10-15) $15

www.trybooking.com/QTUE

 

Central Victoria’s Mud Trail

Australian Ceramics Open Studios: 19th & 20th August

6 ceramic studios open for public visits 10am – 4pm each day.

Map available from the Daylesford Visitors Centre.

 

The Other Side Of Lost – Unanswered questions about the Three Lost Children

A Talk by Yvonne Fix: 5th August

Daylesford Library at 12 noon.

 

Markets in and around Daylesford.

Sunday Market Historic Railway Station Raglan St, Daylesford, 8am to 3pm

First Saturday,

Daylesford Farmers Market. Daylesford Primary School Vincent St, 9am – 1.30pm

Trentham Neighbourhood Centre Makers Market High St, Trentham 10am – 1.30pm

Second Saturday,

 Clunes Farmers Market, Collins Place & Fraser St 9am to 2pm

Third Saturday-

Creswick Market, Victoria St, Creswick 9am to 2pm

Glenlyon Village Market, Glenlyon Hall, Daylesford Malmsbury Rd, 9am to 12pm

Trentham Farmers Market, Trentham Town Square 9am to 1pm

Creswick Bazaar- Creswick Railway Workshops 9am to 3pm

Leonards Hill Market- Leonards Hill Hall Daylesford, Ballan Rd 9am to 2pm

Third Sunday

Creswick Bazaar, same details as about.

Fourth and Fifth Sunday

Trentham Station Market Victoria St, Trentham 8.30am – 2.30pm

 

For those who love Crafts

Bendigo Woollen Mills are located in Bendigo, 74 kms from Daylesford. Easy to find, just drive to Bendigo following the road signs, then follow the tram lines through the township until they turn right to go to the Tramways Museum. The woollen mills are right behind the Tram Museum. After you have purchased your wool supplies you can have a coffee in the Tramways Museum.

Tylden Junction Hotel, Drop in with your Knitting or Crochet and sit down on the couch or armchairs, have a coffee or lunch at the cafe and chat to other like minded people. They have a home made sponge cake filled with cream every day. Husbands are catered for in the bar area with armchairs near the heater where they can sit and read the daily paper. There is a wool shop there as well thats a wonder to behold.

The Haberdashery, 6 Howe Street, Daylesford, Victoria. This store is like stepping back in time and a delight to enter and look around. www.thehaberdashery.com.au  Sells sewing supplies, fabric and yarns.

Ballan, Millrose Quilting and Gallery – Their fabrics include Liberty of London, Kaffe Fassett, William Morris and reproduction fabrics as well as Japanese linens and cottons. Threads of all types, patterns, braids, books a plenty, ric racs, ribbons and knitting wools. Classes are held throughout the year with many talented and inspirational teachers. They also have a restaurant and a retreat.

92 Inglis St, Ballan Vic 3342, phone (03) 5368 2995

 

For The Children

Anakie, just down the Ballan Road on the way to Geelong is a Children’s Paradise. It is Called “Fairy Park”. This park is open later this month and has displays of many many fairytales. Most are interactive. They have a kiosk, hot water, shelters and barbecue areas. The Camelot Playground is a child’s dream come true. It can also be reached from Melbourne via Werribee and it is well sign posted. Allow a whole day for this adventure. www.fairypark.com.au  On the web site you will find more details, costs and calenders showing when it is open. Your children will want to go again and again.

 

 

 

July at Jubilee Lake and Roundabout.

Park News

Jubilee Lake Park is proving very popular with campers. If you are brave and camping in a tent during the winter months it is best to be well prepared. If using an airbed as a mattress, they absorb the cold from the ground below. Top the airbed with a good compressed foam mat or plenty of corrugated cardboard as this is very insulating. A sleeping bag suitable for -5C is also a great idea. It can snow in the park during winter.

During the quieter months, maintenance will be carried out in various areas of the park as it is less disruptive for our guests. The old camp kitchen will be getting an upgrade as will the old amenities block.

The council will be landscaping around the park planting new native plants and fixing up some of the drains.

While in the park, stroll down to the kiosk/cafe for a well deserved coffee or tea and a bite to eat. Breakfasts can be obtained as well as light lunches and evening meals. See kiosk and park managers for details.

It may seem months away yet, but our Christmas Party will be held in the park on Sunday December 3rd.

Christmas is closer than you think.

 

In and Around Daylesford

1st July at 7.30 pm & 2nd July at 10am. “Hollow” – A drama. Tripwire Theatre Inc presents for the 150th Anniversary of the Three Lost Children. Hollow – a drama Written and Directed by Megan Riedl

Tickets are available from the Daylesford visitors Centre.

 

U3A French National Day Party

Friday 14th July 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Daylesford Town Hall. Traditional French music and songs with soloist Millie Goulthorpe and the Daylesford Community Brass Band. BYO Food and Drinks.

$10 per person. Tickets from the Book Barn or Paradise Books.

 

St Kilda Film Festival Roadshow, Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th July. Daylesford Community Cinema.

www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au for more details.

 

Art Exhibition – The Warehouse Clunes. On until 28th July – free viewing Wed-Mon.

Tom Conyers: Dream Vs Reality

 

Live music at the following venues each weekend

Blue Bean Love Cafe – Hepburn Springs

Spa Bar Daylesford (Formally Horvats Supper Club)

The Old Hepburn Pub – Hepburn Springs

Belvedere Social – Daylesford

 

Three Lost Children Commemorative Exhibition

Daylesford Museum – Sat & Sun’s in July from 1.30pm  – 4.30 pm.

 

For information on markets on and in the Hepburn Shire: http://visittrentham.com.au/festivals-events/markets

 

Info on school holiday activities and NAIDOC Week

http://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/events

 

For those of you who are interested in crafts like knitting, sewing and crochet

The Haberdashery, 6 Howe Street, Daylesford. www.thehaberdashery.com.au

Upon entering this breathtaking store it is like stepping back in time to the 1800’s. Wooden shelving, wooden counters, an absolute delight with yarns, threads, patterns, notions, fabrics and many other goodies. A must see store.  kerri@thehaberdashery.com.au

 

The Tylden Junction Pub in Tylden. This establishment now contains a wool store “Pick up Stitches” with oodles of patterns, needles, yarns of all types, crochet hooks and knitted and crochet goods. There is also a cafe, couch, tables and chairs. Feel free to drop in with your Knitting or Crochet or even just a book, sit down anywhere, order a coffee and chat with other like minded people. Lunch is also available for purchase. Make a day of it. Husband are also catered for. In the bar area there are armchairs and a heater where they can make themselves comfortable with the daily paper if they so wish. www.tyldenjunction.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June at Jubilee Lake

Park News

The park has been proving very popular with campers this year. Powered sites are frequently occupied and there were even some tents on the last weekend in May.

Caravan 1 has been completely refurbished, new floors, walls, kitchen, furniture, decking and curtains etc. It looks amazing now.

Caravan 2 will be getting the same treatment so it too will be ready in time for the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The old camp kitchen will be totally rebuilt this year as well as a refurbishment of the old amenities block. This will be done during the winter months when the park is a little quieter.

Stroll down to the kiosk/cafe for a well deserved coffee or tea and a bite to eat. Light evening meals can also be delivered to your caravan/cabin. You must order in advance in person at the kiosk before closing time 5pm.

We also have a birth announcement. One of our lovely peahens gave birth to 3 lovely little chicks two months ago. That makes a total of 9 adults and 3 chicks. You will see them strutting around the park daily.

June in Daylesford

  • June 3rd – Smoking ceremony and Cultural exhibit. Daylesford Museum. Free from 12 noon.
  • June 3rd, Silver Streak train to Bullarto and back from 5pm. Includes a light meal and drinks. must book online www.dscr.com.au   approx. $60 per head.
  • June 3rd – Farmers Market held first Saturday of every month at the Primary School.
  • June 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – The great Sunday Market, held every Sunday at the Railway Station in Raglan Street.
  • June 10th, Saturday – Wine tasting festival at the Town Hall. 12 – 5pm Tastings, then music till 9pm. Book tickets online $30 at  www.everythinginitsrightplace.com.au  “Everything in its right place” Wine Festival.
  • June 12th – Queen’s Birthday.
  • 30th June – 2nd July.  “Hollow” Play about the three lost children (150 year anniversary) Tickets are available from the information centre.