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Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our Newsletter!

Winter is officially here! Our country is so diverse when it comes to the colder months, freezing in our southern states and can be t-shirt weather in the northern parts. This edition we have a heap of wonderful winter warming recipes. Wherever you are, we hope you stay warm, well and keep all those winter blues and bugs away.

I am looking forward to pulling out our little fire pit to sit around and toast some white marshmallows with my family.

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Winter Warming Dinners

Chicken Casserole with Savoury Biscuits

Cooking for Oscar: The inspiration for this dish came from a recipe called Hungarian Chicken, which has biscuits (scones) cooked on top.  Its a really nice dish with paprika, tomatoes, capsicum and other things we can’t have.  I decided to use the biscuit concept with a chicken casserole and to make savoury scones (i.e. hidden vegetables). [read more]

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Beef Casserole

Failsafe Foodie: The cool weather has really set in now and I have to admit that I rather like it. I like scarves and warm coats, heaters and hot drinks and I really like winter food. It's quite lucky that failsafe food lends itself so well to delicious warm meals. Inspiration can be hard to come by in summer, but not winter, far less thought is required to come up with something that hits the spot.

This casserole definitely hit the spot. I have been getting into using the failsafe alcohols for cooking. They can really add a hit of flavour that failsafe cooking often needs. If you don't like to use them, you can leave it out or substitute a bit of stock. [read more]

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Chicken and Chickpea Casserole

Real Meals: Well, this is another one I made up from thin air... and it was not too bad!!! I really enjoyed it and it was exactly as I thought it would turn out. Yay!! I had to make this on the stove top in a heavy pan with a lid, because my stoopid oven comes complete with a KILL SWITCH!! So, it keeps killing itself if I leave it on too long. Que?? Yeah, my oven overheats. Anywaaaay, this would probably do quite well in a casserole dish after cooking on the stove top. [read more]

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2-Minute Noodles

Real Meals: What?  A recipe for 2-minute noodles?  This is getting ridiculous.  Nope,  I'm really not claiming to have invented the 2-minute noodles...  but this is something that kids eat and miss; and parents miss because it's a quick and easy tummy-filler. [read more]

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Chicken Soup for Colds and Flu

Fed Up Recipe: This failsafe adaptation is from Rennard BO and others, Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro, Chest, 2000;118:1150-1157. The laboratory version contained onions instead of leeks and shallots; turnips instead of swedes; parsnips, sweet potato and carrots which are OK if you can tolerate moderate salicylates but should not be used for your strict elimination diet, see below for alternatives. [read more]

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Failsafe Chicken Congee

Mealplans: This recipe is on the Thermomix recipe Community. Link here.

Chicken congee is simple comfort food at its best, the Chinese equivalent of Chicken soup. Congee is usually served as a breakfast food, but you can also eat it for lunch, dinner, or even a late-night snack. Try a bowl of congee if you're sick, too. 

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Quinoa Porridge

Cooking for Oscar: When I wake up early in the morning and everyone else is asleep, this is my favourite breakfast to enjoy in the peace and quite with a big pot of tea. [read more]

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Tempting Warming Desserts

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Maple Steamed Puddings in the Varoma

Domestic Diva: I love this dessert! It’s failsafe, versatile, easy to make in the Thermomix and my kids love it! I usually have it cooking in the Varoma while we are eating dinner, and a batch of Thermomix custard is perfect to serve with it. [read more]

Self-saucing microwave golden syrup pudding

Fed Up Recipe: This quick and easy winter dessert will be a hit with the whole family.  [read more]

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Soul Warming Drinks

Hot Carob & Cashew Drink

Domestic Diva: I love a good hot chocolate with marshmallows, especially once the weather turns cooler. Since we started out on the failsafe journey, I only keep carob in the house and not cocoa. Cocoa is very high in amines which all three of my kids react to and we have all developed a love for carob. I have been on a search to find the perfect hot carob drink that everyone in the family likes.  It is so nice to sit down together after school and have this as a treat on a cold day to warm us up. [read more]

This drink can easily be made Dairy free.

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Home made White Hot Chocolate

Gimme Some Oven: This is not a Failsafe blog, but this delicious white hot chocolate recipe is if you use Nestle white melts or milky bar.

"Crazy enough, it wasn’t until recently that I tried to actually make homemade white chocolate.  But now that I know how easy it is, I make it all the time.  So many recipes call for heavy cream or half and half (which you are welcome to use), but you can literally make it with whatever kind of milk you’d like.  Just grab a bar of your favourite white chocolate or some white chocolate chips, a pinch of vanilla extract, and you’re good to go.  Simple, cheaper than your coffee shop, and wonderfully delicious.  Enjoy!" [read more]

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Annatto (160b)

Fed Up: Use of natural colour annatto 160b is increasing in our food supply as artificial colours are phased out. Food giants General Mills, Nestle, Hershey and Kraft are the latest to announce that they will remove artificial colours from their products. The bad news is that artificial colours will be replaced with annatto, the only natural colour that can affect some children (and adults) even worse than artificial colours.

We are alarmed that annatto is considered to be a safe additive in food especially targeting young children, such as in yoghurts, Heinz Little Kids soft fruit bars and Rafferty's Garden fruit bars. Thank you to Sanitarium for removing annatto from their product So Good Vanilla Bliss soy ice cream and to Vaalia yoghurt for removing annatto from their product French Vanilla yoghurt. If you are affected by annatto, we would like to hear your story (confoodnet@ozemail.com.au)

Annatto orange-yellow colour is a vegetable dye made from the seed coat of the tropical Annatto tree (Bixa orellana). In Australia it is commonly used in cereals, snack foods, dairy foods including yoghurts, icecreams and cheeses, snack foods and a wide range of other foods. [read more]

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Failsafe Road show

Sue Dengate will be travelling to give talks again in August-September 2016. Here is the draft program. Details will be finalised in June 2016 [read more]

Follow the link to see if they are coming to your town, make sure you take your family and friends along to hear more about the Failsafe diet.

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Thank you for reading our newsletter.  We hope you now have lots more ideas and inspiration for your families.  Don't forget, if you liked the newsletter you can subscribe to have it sent to your inbox every month.  

You can find more great recipes at Cooking for OscarDomestic Diva UnleashedFailsafe FoodieReal Meals and Failsafe Decorated Cakes.

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Rona, Sandra, Trish and Frilly Pants

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