June at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park

Well its winter. Daylesford like Ballarat and some other surrounding towns are quite a few metres above sea level which makes them colder than at sea level. Daylesford is around 750 mts above sea level, so if you are coming to Jubilee Lake or the town, pack warm clothes, shoes, hats and coats. If you are camping, make sure that your sleeping bag is at least rated to -5C and that you have compressed foam mats under you when you sleep. People do still camp in tents at this time of year. I’d recommend that you book a powered site and have a small good quality panel heater. Your tent must be large enough though that you can stand up and walk around in easily. With careful packing, you can be quite warm.

The autumn leaves have fallen and the tree branches are patterned against the sky. Mist rises from the surface of the lake as the clouds clear and the morning sun appears. This is the perfect time to go for a scenic walk around the lake and the park. Others like to set up an artists easel by the waters edge and paint the idilic scenery. Photographers arrive at the crack of dawn to capture the dawn departure of a balloon or to witness the wallabies and kangaroos snacking on the green grass of the oval by the lake.

Jubilee Lake park looks lush and green. Its a very peaceful place to come and stay. A short 2km walk away is the township of Daylesford. Cabins and onsite caravans are available to hire. Our kiosk by the lake make nice hot breakfasts and steaming cups of tea or coffee and toast with butter. Just a great get away.

We are still waiting on planning approval from the council to build our camp kitchen. Hopefully it will be built by Christmas. Meanwhile, we have the basics of hot water available near the old amenities block. Next to the newer amenities block, the camp kitchen gives you a place to barbecue under cover as well as hot water and a place to sit and eat and wash your dishes.

For the brave, fire pots and wood can be purchased from the camp office and they will be delivered to your site so you can toast marshmallows with the kids and see the milky way more clearly than you ever thought possible in the city.

Out and About in Daylesford.

There is so much to do when you come up to Daylesford, markets, classes, cafes, sightseeing etc. If you look up this website using our free WiFi you will find so much to do and see.

www.visithepburnshire.com.au   All the ‘upcoming events’ will be there for you to see.

For Those who love to Craft.

Bendigo Woollen Mills are but 75 km away. They have two large rooms of wool and other yarns for you to drool over. Leave your husband in the cafe next door in the tramways museum to await your presence.

Tylden Junction Pub in Tylden. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Take your knitting and /or crochet. They have a retro cafe where you can get tea, coffee and lunch. The piece de resistance though is the “Pick up Stitches” wool and yarn shop located here. Spend the day there in warmth and comfort with other like minded people. The cook makes a cream sponge cake every morning. Delicious with morning tea. Husbands can sit in a winged back chair in the bar area near a fire reading the newspaper.

Maldon wool shop. Located in the main street is a small cosy wool shop. Local ladies spin and dye local wool and alpaca fibres into beautiful skeins of wool. they also have a room where you can sit and knit in peace with others.

Patchwork. MillRose quilting and gallery is a place to behold. So much fabric! rooms and rooms of it. Located in Ballan, just down the road from Daylesford at 92 Inglis Street, Ballan. ph 03 5368 2995  Your husband can be parked at the cafe next door.

Camp Recipe

This recipe is fairly quick to make and can be eaten by everyone as a quick meal.

Tuna Melt (serves 1)

1 x 185g tin tuna in springwater, drained and flaked

2 tbls Mayonnaise

pinch salt

1 teas balsamic or cider vinegar

1 teas Dijon mustard

2 slices sourdough or lower carb Wholemeal bread, toasted. You can use 2 large mushrooms also, just remove the stalk and pack in the filling.

2 teas chopped dill pickle

1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese.

extra cheese to sprinkle on top.

I like to also add some finely chopped capsicum and celery then top off with some sliced tomato.

Method:

  1. Toast the bread, set aside
  2. Heat oven to 180C, place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray. set aside.
  3. In a bowl place the ingredients, tuna,mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, dill pickle, grated cheese, chopped capsicum and celery. mix well.
  4. Top bread or large mushrooms with the tuna mix. Top with tomato slices and sprinkle with the extra cheese.
  5. Place on baking tray and bake for 7 minutes in a preheated oven till cheese is melted, or, you can heat it through in a microwave, 5 minutes on medium power. Serve.

 

Pamela (Home Economist and Board Member)

May at Jubilee Lake

In our Park this month.

Now the main holidays are over things are quietening down in the park. The leaves are turning glorious colours and dropping from the trees carpeting the ground and the weather is gradually turning cooler. However, the Queens Birthday long weekend is only a few short weeks away. Book now so you are not disappointed. If you are bringing your own van or tent remember to pack warm bedding and clothing. There are all sort of places to see and markets to attend around the district. You will have a great time exploring.

We are still waiting for council approval for our camp kitchen to be built. Hopefully it will be approved shortly so we can get it built, up and running. It will make cooking meals a great deal easier.

Maintenance of the park is carried out during the cooler months of the year when we have a chance to catch up on drain improvements, weeding and care of native plants, birds etc so that by the time Spring and the warmer weather arrives we are ready for the influx of eager campers.

In and Around the Daylesford Area

Daylesford Regional Information Visitor Information Centre can be found at the top of the town at 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford.   ph 1800 454 891  You are always welcome to drop in and collect brochures and information about what is on in the region during your visit.

More information can be obtained from www.travelvictoria.com.au/daylesford/     There is also further information at www.daylesforddelights.com/daylesford-visitors-information.html

For those who love to Craft

Bendigo Woollen Mills is only 74 kms from Daylesford. www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au  for further details.

Tylden Junction Hotel contains a wool store, retro cafe where meals and coffee are obtainable and comfy chairs and couches are available to swoon on with your knitting or crochet near an open fire. www.tyldenjunction.com.au   Open Wednesday to Sundays 9am- 4pm. 43 Trentham Rd, Tylden.

Millrose Quilting and Gallery. This place has to be seen to be believed, so big with so much to choose from at 92 Ingliss St, Ballan VIC 3342. Just down the road from Daylesford. www.millrosecottage.com.au/quilting. 

Flourless Chocolate Brownies

This recipe is suitable for Diabetics and those on sugar free diets, it is also Gluten free. However, it is not suitable for those who have nut allergies. Each brownie is loaded with calories so eat sparingly and enjoy every bite. This recipe can also be made using sugar instead of Xylitol or Erythritol but it is then no longer suitable for diabetics or those on sugar free diets.

200g unsalted butter, softened

5 eggs, lightly beaten

100g dark 85% chocolate chopped

100g dark 85% chocolate melted and cooled

1 2/3 cups almond meal

1 cup xylitol, or,  1 1/4  cups Erythritol ( naturallysweet.com.au)

1/2 cup cocoa

200g dark chocolate 85%, chopped, extra

1/2 teas salt

For a decadent chocolate glaze that is over the top! (optional)

100ml pure cream

150gm dark chocolate 85%, roughly chopped

2 Tbls Sukrin Gold (https://sukrin.com.au). This is a brown sugar replacement.

25g unsalted butter

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a 20 x 30cm lamington pan and line with Baking Paper.

2. Combine butter, beaten eggs, chopped chocolate, melted chocolate, almond meal, xylitol, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Spread half the batter into a prepared pan, then press in the extra chocolate. Cover with remaining batter and smooth using a spatula.

3. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is beginning to crack and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few crumbs. Cool

4. For the optional chocolate glaze, place 100ml pure cream, 150g chopped dark chocolate 85%, Sukrin Gold and unsalted butter in a saucepan over low heat. stir occasionally, until chocolate has melted and glaze is smooth and glossy. Drizzle over brownies and serve.

Tip- Store unglazed, cut brownies wrapped in foil and plastic inside an airtight container in the freezer (xylitol and erythritol do not have the keeping properties of sugar).

April at Jubilee Lake

Around the Park

With such beautiful balmy sunny weather the park has been booked out, especially over Easter. Children had such fun hunting for eggs in a great environment. Fortunately that lovely weather looks like continuing for a while yet so head on up to Jubilee Lake and enjoy life in a bush setting while you can.

Building has started on our new camp kitchen but we are still waiting on the council planning application to be passed before we can continue. It was sad that the new kitchen was not up and running for the Easter break, but with a little bit of luck we hope it will be up and running for the warmer weather later this year.

The park and Daylesford in general are starting to glow with lovely warm autumn colours. The elms by the lake are looking beautiful wearing crowns of gold. It is such a delight to walk beneath the trees and scuff the masses of fallen leaves with your feet and hear their rustle. Memories of childhood come flooding back when you walk to the Matilda mineral spring at the end of our park.

Work will continue around the park as the weather cools. The council is planning to remove some troublesome trees and lower the level of the lake to repair some washed out foundations to ensure the park is totally safe for everyone and it is restored to its natural beauty as soon as possible.

Out and About in Daylesford

“Only a Jockey” – 100 trees, 1000 metres of fabric – A free event. March 24 – April 15. The old Trentham Racecourse, Golden Point road Trentham.   Only a jockey, a new installation project designed by Trentham resident and artist, Bern Barry. This free installation entails wrapping 100 trees in 1,000 metres of brightly coloured fabrics representing jockey silks.

“Paint Glenlyon” 2018   – Free event   March 31 – April 8th  Glenlyon Shire Hall, Malmsbury – Daylesford Road, Glenlyon. The exhibition runs from Saturday 31st until Sunday 8th of April from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Harvest Festival   April 7th @ 11.00am – 3.00pm    Lyonville Community Hall, Bremner Avenue, Lyonville.  The keen gardeners of Lyonville are at it again, producing the annual Lyonville harvest Festival which celebrates the gardens, produce and hard working gardeners of the local towns and hamlets of the Central highlands with delicious produce, flowers and preserves. There will be some great prizes and anyone from the region is welcome to bring alond their Autumn Harvest.

Woolshed – Farmers and Local Artisans Market – Daylesford  Every Sunday, 21a Raglan St, Daylesford.

African Drumming – Daylesford Library   April 10 @ 2.00pm – 3.00pm. The Daylesford library, cnr Albert and Bridport Streets, Daylesford. West African Master Percussionist Ousmane Sonko will lead a master class for school aged children – places strictly limited please book.

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at Newlyn  April 15th  St Matthews Church, Newlyn. Four Seasons of Fine Music Festival – 2018 – Concert for Bassoon, oboe and Harpsicord with members of sweet biscuit Ensemble. Starts at 3.00pm.

Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios – 2018  April 21 @ 10.00am – May 6th @ 5.00pm The Convent Gallery and Artist Studios, 7 Daly St, Daylesford.  We recommend that you begin your Open studios experience with a visit to the Group Exhibition in the convent Gallery. This exhibition showcases a work of each of the participating artists in a restored heritage building. Artwork will be available for purchase. $5.00 entry to The Convent. There are 25 artists working in 23 studios.

For those who love to Craft

For Knitting and Crochet lovers beautiful pure wools and other yarns are available in Bendigo at the Woollen Mills. Just simply a wonderland of colours and squishy heaven.

In Tylden at the Junction Hotel you can while away a relaxing few hours with your knitting or other fibre crafts sitting in the cafe sipping coffee, having a light meal and chatting with friends and strangers alike. They also have Pick up Stitches yarn shop under the one roof.

In Maldon at 32 Main Street Maldon there is a gorgeous little wool shop called The Wool Stash. well worth a visit as they stock locally spun and dyed wools and the town is just a beautiful place to visit.

Patchwork fabric galore can be found at the Mill Rose Cottage, 92 Inglis St, Ballan. This place is so big that it will take you quite a while to wander around, so leave your spouse / partner at the cafe next door while you brouse.

For the Children

Fairy Park – heaven for children of Primary School age and younger. www.fairypark.com.au  Just down the Ballan Road at Anakie. School Holiday delight.

Autumn Recipe

This recipe is very simple and suitable for both Diabetics 1 and 2, plus other people.

 Perfectly Poached Ginger Pears

8 green pears

2cm piece green ginger,

1 cinnamon quill optional

4 Tbls Sugar,    or for Diabetics 4 Tbls Xylitol or Erythritol,

a largish saucepan with a good fitting lid

Method:

Peel the 8 pears and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the core with a teaspoon or knife.

Spoon the pear halves around the inner edge of the saucepan then just cover with cold water.

Wash the piece of green ginger and slice thinly with a knife. Add the pieces of ginger to the water along with the sugar or Xylitol or Erythritol and or the cinnamon quill.

Place saucepan on the stove with a good fitting lid on the pot. Bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, turn off the heat but do not lift the lid of the saucepan. Just leave it alone to sit all night. In the morning you will have perfectly poached ginger flavoured pears in a light syrup. Place the saucepan contents into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill. Serve by themselves or with whipped cream and or ice cream. Diabetics must use sugar free ice cream and cream.

Pamela

(Home Economist and Jubilee Lake Board Member)

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 www.ballaratantiquefair.com.au

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

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. newsteadopenstudios.wordpress.com

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

Chillout Festival, March 8 – 12. www.chilloutfestival.com.au

Anderson’s Mill Festival – Smeaton, Sunday March 25th. www.andersonsmillfest.org.au

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

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. www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au

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. www.tyldenjunction.com.au

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. www.fairypark.com

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.

Method:

  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)

Method:

  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.

Markets:

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 springs.com.au

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. www.maldonevents.com

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. www.fairypark.com.au

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.

Method;

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.

marinade:

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.

Method:

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: daylesfordcider.com.au. 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 www.artober.com.au

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

La Primavera, Lavandula. Swiss Italian Farm, Sunday 22nd October www.lavandula.com.au

Flinders Quartet, Sunday 8th October at Town hall, Daylesford. Tickets trybooking.com/275178

Clunes Ceramic Award, 30th Sept to 15th October at Arts Centre Studio, 22 Frazer St, Clunes (www.clunesceramicaward.com.au)

Creswick, Garden lovers Weekend, Sat/Sunday 11 & 12 November, www.creswick.net  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

Method

  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

method:

  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. 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)