March 2018 at Jubilee Lake

Around our Park this Month

During a high wind storm a few very large branches came down near the lake. No one was hurt and Tony and his two helpers had it all cleaned up, same day. There was no sign of any damage unless you knew where to look. I was amazed at the speed and efficiency with which this was done. Well Done.

Coming up in the park is the famous ‘Chill Out” weekend. We are fully booked out for this year and for Easter which is at the end of this month. If you wish to be a part of all these festivities next year, you must be quick to book early as it is a very popular place for camping. We have musical entertainment in the park each afternoon.

Just a gentle reminder for all our campers, this is a family park and therefore all noise is to cease by 11 pm. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at all times and owners must pick up their doggie’s doo doos in a plastic bag and dispose of the remains in the bins dotted around the park. Also, dogs are not to be taken into the kiosk, not even little cute white fluffy ones as food is prepared and sold on the premises. Health Inspectors can turn up at any time.

We were desperately hoping that our new camp kitchen would be up and running by the Labour Day weekend (Chill Out), but due to permit issues with council it has not come to pass. It should be completed though in the next few months.

Out and About in Daylesford

See last months entry for all the markets that will be operating in and around Daylesford over the Chillout weekend and Easter.

Ballarat Antique Fair March 10 – 12th

Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show, Thursday 29th March – Mon 2nd April.

24th Annual Bullarto Vintage Tractor Pull and Vehicle Display. Sunday 11th March. For further details ph: Len 5348 5555

Newstead Open Studios, March 10 – 12.

Arts Open – Meet the Makers – Castlemaine, March 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18th.

Chillout Festival, March 8 – 12.

Anderson’s Mill Festival – Smeaton, Sunday March 25th.

Lost Trades Fair – Kyneton Racecourse. Sat 10th & Sun 11th March, 2018, 10am – 4pm. No Dogs Allowed. Seniors concession available.

For Ladies and Gents who Craft.

Bendigo Woollen Mills, 4 Lansell St, Bendigo. Right behind the Tramways Museum. If you are after yarns for hand knitting, crochet or cones of wool for Machine Knitting, this is the place for you to go and visit. This paradise is 75 kms from Daylesford. They also sell needles and crochet hooks, patterns etc. People from all over the world visit here. There are always specials available.

Tylden Junction. Bar, Cafe and Knitting. This place is heavenly and open from Wednesdays to Sundays. This place contains a wool and yarn shop that has all manner of goodies to peruse (Pick up Stitches). Needles, crochet hooks, patterns, rooms of wool and yarns and knitted items. It contains a cafe where you can order coffee, tea and lunch. Everyday there is a fresh sponge cake filled with cream available. People are encouraged to drop in a stay as long as you desire. There are some beautiful areas with couches where you can sit and chat with like minded people and pursue your favourite craft. This heavenly place is situated between Trentham and Kyneton at 43 Trentham Rd, Tylden.

Maldon Wool Stash – In the historical township of Maldon is a small lovely wool store with a room out the back where you can sit and knit. This gorgeous little store sells Local Spun and Dyed Yarns. 32 Main Street, Maldon.

Patchwork. In Ballan at Millrose Quilting and Gallery you will find a huge range of patchwork fabrics and I mean huge. This place has to be seen to be believed. 92 Inglis St, Ballan. You can drop your husband off next door so they can have a coffee and snack while you browse the fabrics.

For The Children

Fairy Park – Anakie. Heaven for kids. Drive down the Ballan Rd, 2388 Ballan Rd, Anakie. This place has interactive fairytales dotted all over the hillside. There is also the Camelot playground where children just adore Merlin’s Castle and all the other adventures to be had there. Hot water available and barbecues galore. You can download costs, maps and directions from all points on the compass from their website.

Camping Recipe.

Spinach, Garlic and Fetta Dip

1 clove Garlic

150g baby Spinach Leaves

200g  Feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup light Sour Cream

1 teas Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

Focaccia or Turkish Bread or dry biscuits to serve.


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add garlic and simmer for 1 minute. add spinach and blanch for 1 minute, until wilted. Drain and rinse under cold water. Remove garlic and finely chop. drain spinach again, squeezing out excess water. Roughly chop.
  2. Place spinach and garlic in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drizzle with oil, if using. Serve with fresh bread or dry biscuits.


Sugar Free or Diabetic Recipe Suitable for Types 1 & 2

Rhubarb Jelly

1 bunch fresh rhubarb

2 Tbls Erythritol or xylitol

1 Lemon, quartered

1/2 teas ground cinnamon

1 pkt Aeroplane Jelly Lite (Strawberry or Raspberry)

Whipped cream to serve, (optional)


  1. Wash rhubarb stalks in cold water. Remove any leaves and the base of each stalk. Chop into 2cm lengths and place into a saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Add the quartered lemon, Erythritol or xylitol, cinnamon and 1/2 cup cold water. Place lid on saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as the rhubarb comes to the boil, turn off the heat but do not remove the lid. Just leave the saucepan to cool down for about 1 hour.
  2. Empty the contents of 1 packet of Jelly Lite into a heat proof bowl. Add 1 cup of boiling water only and stir until all signs of the gelatine have disappeared.
  3. Remove the lemon skins from the rhubarb and stir the fruit.
  4. Gently add all the stewed rhubarb to the jelly mix and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  5. Serve with Cream. Cream can be sweetened to taste with powdered (blitz in a processor or blender) Erythritol or Xylitol beforehand.


Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)



February, 2018 Park News and Recipes

Jubilee Lake Park News

Happy New Year Everybody.

The park has been extremely busy since before Christmas last year. Once the weather warms up people just love to go camping and exploring new environments. The Australia Day weekend was very popular. The next long weekend will be the Labour Day weekend in March and the park will fill up very quickly. Ring up and book your spot quickly as they are nearly all gone.

Schools have returned and so those who like to camp quietly during the week can now do so. Many like to catch trout in the lake, walk around the lake edge or just set up an artists easel to paint and sketch some of the many beautiful views. Photography is also an extremely popular pastime.

If you enjoy hand crafts the Bendigo Woollen Mill is only 75km away, Mill Rose Cottage in Benalla has an enormous range of patchwork fabrics, Pick up Stitches a wool and yarn shop, is situated in the Tylden Junction pub. You can turn up at the pub and sit and knit or crochet in the cafe with others  enjoying a coffee and lunch as well as perusing the wool and other yarns in their shop. The chef makes a delicious home made cream sponge cake every morning. There is a lovely outdoor covered area where you can sit and craft or just chat. Gentlemen can sit in the bar area in an arm chair and read the daily news if they wish.

Around About In Daylesford.


1st Saturday of the month: Daylesford Farmers Market, Vincent St from 9am-1pm

2nd Sunday of the Month: Clunes Farmers Market, Fraser St from 9am – 2pm

3rd Saturday of the Month: Creswick Market, from 9am – 2pm and Trentham Farmers and Maker’s Market, High St from 9am – 1pm

Every Sunday morning from 8am – 1.30pm, at the old Daylesford Railway Station. Buy a ticket and a train ride can also be had to Musk.

Fabric, Threads and Stories Exhibition at the Daylesford Museum on Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Feb from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Gardens of Glenlyon – 5 veggie gardens open for the public. Saturday 10th Feb from 10am – 4pm. Tickets and info from Glenlyon Hall.

Music by the Springs: A celebration of chamber music bring together 13 of Australia’s finest musicians to perform 6 concerts, 9th – 11th Feb at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel Hepburn Springs. www.musicbythe

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival: High Summer concerts at St Johns Anglican Church, Creswick. Sat 17th & Sun 18th Feb. Tickets from Creswick Visitor Information Centre.

Watercolour Workshop @ Lavandula. Facilitated by Lyn Buddenbaum, take home 2 paintings. BYO materials or buy a kit. Lunch included. $110 per person. Ph: 0408 301 338. Bookings Essential.

Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair, Maldon Football Ground. Sat 17th & Sun 18th from 8am – 5pm.

For the Children

“Fairy Park”. Primary school and younger kids just love this place. Drive down the Ballan Rd to Anakie. A brilliant day out.

Camping Recipe

Smoked Chicken Waldorf Salad(Serves 4)

This is a quick all in one salad and meal.

2 smoked chichen breasts

4 – 5 Lebanese cucumbers

5 sticks Celery

3 – 4 Apples, (Royal Gala or Pink Lady)

1/2 cup roughly chopped Walnuts

2 -3 heaped Tablespoons of Mayonnaise.


Wash and chop up all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place them into a large bowl. Add the chopped walnuts and the chopped smoked chicken breasts. Add the mayonnaise and combine all the ingredients together well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge. Leftovers keep well in the fridge.

Sugar Free  and  Diabetic recipe suitable for Types 1 and 2.

Baked Chinese Chicken Wings.


2 Tablespoons Dry sherry

2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons, sugar free Maple Flavoured Syrup (Queen)

1 teas Chinese 5 Spice Powder

2 teaspoons crushed and chopped Garlic

1/8 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne powder (optional)

2 Kg Chicken Wings.


Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl. Remove tips of chicken wings and discard. Separate the remaining two wing pieces at the joint and place them into the marinade. When all the chicken wings have been prepared, mix them well to coat in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic  wrap and place in the fridge overnight so flavours can develop. If time does not permit they are still tasty if marinaded for 1 hour in the fridge.

Heat oven to 180C. Line a large baking tray with Baking paper. Tip all the chicken wings and the marinade onto the baking tray, spread out a little. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove tray from the oven and turn over each piece of chicken wing and bake for a further 30 minutes. Remove tray and cool slightly before serving. Leftovers can be stored overnight under plastic wrap in the fridge and are delicious the next day.

Pamela (Home Economist)

Board Member of Jubilee Lake Co-op.

October at Jubilee Lake

In the Park this month

The old amenities block has been completely refurbished and is looking great.

Approval is still being sort from council to begin work on the new camp kitchen.

The park has been receiving a great many bookings now that the weather is warming up.

There are plenty of fish in Lake Jubilee. What a wonderful time of year to fish quietly now that schools are returning to normal and the park is bathed in sunshine with plenty of peace and quiet.

The lovely new delicate bright green leaves are beginning to appear on all the deciduous trees in the park. The avenue of Elm trees leading to our natural Matilda’s spring is a delightful walk under the new growth.

Our oldest male peacock “Andrew Peacock” has sadly passed away last month. We have bestowed the name on to one of the younger males so the name will live on proudly in our park.

Out and about In Daylesford 

Farm and Cidery Day Out, Friday 6th October at Daylesford cider. Tickets online: A great place to drop in for a drink anytime.

Artober, 1st Oct to mid November. Various venues across the region. Check website for more information

Swiss and Italian Fiesta, 18-22 October. There will be various venues across the district

La Primavera, Lavandula. Swiss Italian Farm, Sunday 22nd October

Flinders Quartet, Sunday 8th October at Town hall, Daylesford. Tickets

Clunes Ceramic Award, 30th Sept to 15th October at Arts Centre Studio, 22 Frazer St, Clunes (

Creswick, Garden lovers Weekend, Sat/Sunday 11 & 12 November,  Various venues across Creswick

Quick Camping Recipe

This is a quick and nourishing soup for cool nights. Serves 4.

Corn Chower Soup

2 rashers bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/2  green capsicum, diced

1 cup diced potato,

3 shakes cayenne pepper

2 cups water (I use the corn water drained from the can of corn kernels for part of this)

2 Tbls plain flour or potato starch

2 cups milk

400g can whole corn kernels , drained

chopped parsley to garnish


  1. Lightly fry the bacon, onion, celery and capsicum. Do not brown.

       2. Add potato, cook 1 minute.

       3. Add cayenne and water. cover and simmer for 10 mins.

       4. Blend flour or starch with 1/4 cup of the milk till smooth. Add remaining milk to the vegetables.

       5. Add blended flour, stir until boiling and cook 3 minutes.

       6. Add corn, and chopped parsley. Check for seasoning to taste. Adjust the consistency to a thick

           soup, use a little cream if necessary.

        7. Serve

Diabetic Recipe suitable for Types 1 &2 Diabetes and for those on a Sugar Free Diet.

I hope that you have all made some jars of sugar free jam for this recipe. (details last month)

Coconut and Jam Slice

Base – 2 cups Almond meal (220gm)

            100gm Butter, chopped

           2 Eggs

           1/4 cup Coconut Flour

            1 teas Vanilla Essence

Topping – 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar free Jam, (your choice, see last months diabetic recipe details)

                   2 Eggs

                   2 cups desiccated coconut (100gm)

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

                   1 teas vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a slice tin with  Baking paper (25.5L x 15.5W x 3.5D)
  2. add chopped butter to bowl and melt in microwave approx 1 min.
  3. Add remainder of the base ingredients and mix together.
  4. Press the dough evenly into the slice tin. Prick with a fork.
  5. Bake 15 mins until golden brown. remove from oven.
  6. Spread the sugar free jam all over the cooked base.
  7. Add the eggs, desiccated coconut, xylitol and vanilla essence to a bowl and mix well together.
  8. Sprinkle the topping over the jammy base evenly. (Do not press down)
  9. Bake the whole slice for a further 25 minutes.
  10. Cool in tin.
  11. When cool cut into approx 20 squares.
  12. Store in a plastic container or ziploc bags in the freezer. (Xylitol and Erythritol do not have the same preservative powers that sugar has). The squares will thaw out quickly. Enjoy.

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Cooperative Board Member)

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.

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. 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


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


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 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’ 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 and xylitol from

Pamela (Home Economist)

(Jubilee Lake Board Member)