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
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 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)