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Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Newsletter!

Can you believe we are halfway through 2018 and winter is officially here in Oz. I much prefer summer and the warmer weather, I really don't like feeling cold. The one thing I do love about winter is warming up by a fire. We don't have an open fire place, but have a little outdoor fire pit we crank up every now and again to toast marshmallows. The photo above was taken a few years ago at my families farm. My uncle took much delight in preparing the hugest bon fire for us. That is my 3 cherubs on the left attempting to toast marshmallows, lol. Love making beautiful memories!

Unfortunately the downside of winter for people with allergies, intolerance's and asthma can be reactions to the smoke from fires. Then there is also the colds and flu that goes around. This edition is looking at some vitamins and medications to help you through the chill unscathed.

Also in this edition, lots of delicious recipes to warm you up. Soups, casseroles and puddings! Also, a closer look at the amazing under-rated veggies Swede. Plus a little look at pain medications and vitamins.
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Clayton's Chicken Curry

Failsafe Foodie: I wanted curry tonight so I experimented with what I can use here and the results were surprisingly good. Actually, it was seriously delicious. [recipe link]

~ Winter is time for comfort, good food and warmth. ~

Butterscotch Self Saucing Pudding

Play Bake Smile: This easy Butterscotch Self Saucing Pudding is a classic family favourite. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and tastes AMAZING… especially when served with a big scoop of ice-cream! There are traditional & Thermomix methods available for this recipe. [recipe link]

Hearty Beef Casserole

Real Meals: Brrrr!!! Did you feel that? Autumn started. Really suddenly down in the Southern parts of Australia. Goodbye BBQs and salads and hello to belly-warming fare. [recipe link]

Easy Potato Waffles

At The Failsafe Table: Potato Waffles
At The Failsafe Table guest blogger: “There are a few recipes around for potato waffles, just thought I’d share my easy peasy version, with my instant dipping sauce.” [recipe link]

Potato, Swede and Sausage Stew

Cooking for Oscar: Using failsafe sausages, this is a great way to serve them in winter. [recipe link]

Hearty lentil & veg soup

Fed Up: This low fat soup is vegetarian, healthy and filling, ideal for slimmers at about 140 kJ per 100g (33 calories). [recipe link]

Roast Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Roast Veg Soup1
Domestic Diva: I find soups incredibly healing for the body and soul, there is something really special about them. Croutons were the easy bit to make failsafe, but to replace the bacon, my best option was to used fried deli chicken. For the soup, I love the beautiful flavours that are released from vegetables when they are roasted, and especially garlic, so mellow and sweet. [recipe link]

Lamb Chop Tagine with Saffron Cous Cous and Pear Chutney

Domestic Diva: I am excited about this recipe, it was a joint venture created with my husband and a huge success with everyone coming back for seconds. The meat was not cooked for long, yet was so tender and melted in your mouth. All the elements and textures seemed to work well together, from the lamb tagine, to the subtle taste of the cous cous, the chutney and even with the side of pappadums made it even more fun for the kids. [recipe link]

Elim Choko & Potato Soup

Choko & Pot soup
Gluten Free Nutrition: A lovely soup that is Gluten & Dairy free and Low Salicylate & Amine. [recipe link]

Best Ever Salted Caramel Bundt Cake

Salt and caramel is a hard combo to resist. It’s something about the way that saltiness contrasts with the sweet, sticky caramel, but also manages to bring out an extra layer of flavor from the dessert. [recipe link]

Chicken soup for colds and flu

Fed Up: 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. [recipe link]

Pear and Choko Crumble

Cooking for Oscar: This is a very quick and easy dessert, that tastes like pear and apple crumble. Its also doesn’t have as much fat or sugar as most crumble recipes. [recipe link]

Roots Anna - Swede

Martha Stewart: We've added slices of swede (rutabaga) to pommes Anna, a French dish traditionally made with potatoes alone. Leave out the pepper and use chives in place of thyme. [recipe link]

Swede (rutabaga)

Swede is higher in fibre and lower on the glycemic index than potatoes although still on the higher side as all root vegetables serve as sugar stores.
  • It is high in vitamin C, zinc and potassium.
  • It serves as a good source of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • The fibre in the vegetable may be used to combat gas and diarrhoea.
You can put swede into any any casserole or soup. A dish that has potato in, you can also add swede.
Swede growing guide.
Swede can very easily get mixed up with turnips, they look similar, but turnips are not failsafe.
Swede sometimes known as “Rutabaga” is a popular root vegetable. They originated in Sweden hence the name Rutabaga which literaly means “yellow turnip” These vegetables are related to mustard and radishes. Swedes grow with the top of the vegetable above the ground where the leaves begin. Swedes are a winter vegetable and are at their best in June.
Swedes have a yellow flesh and are mainly used for soups and stews or can be boiled or baked. They are high in fibre and contain calcium and vitamins A and C.
In Australia, swedes grow in temperate regions. They take three to four months to grow. When buying swedes look for smaller ones because they can become woody and tough if let get too old.
Swedes are often confused with the turnip but a swede has slightly elongated shape with a rough purple and white skin and a definite collar.

Failsafe Pain Medication, Vitamins and Cold & Flu Medications.

Winter can bring all sorts of ailments with cold and flu and aches and pains. Sadly most medications and vitamins are full of colours and preservatives, especially for children. It is best to follow the guidelines in the RPAH Elimination Handbook and on the fed Up shopping list for appropriate recommendations to take while in the elimination phase. Thanks to Suzie, it has been recently discovered on the failsafe closed group that the Woolworths homebrand paracetamol is suitable for failsafe.

The Pain relief for children document is from files in the Sue Dengate Failsafe Facebook group.
The Failsafe closed group on Facebook has in the files a document for making your own failsafe paracetamol liquid for children and infants with the appropriate dose for age. Please ALWAYS remember to check with your doctor or local pharmacist for advice on administering medicines!

Multivitamin supplements are only necessary if key food groups (or suitable alternatives) are not eaten in recommended amounts. There are 12 multivitamins listed as failsafe in the RPAH Elimination Handbook which I highly recommend investing in.

Cold and flu products containing paracetamol, codeine, antihistamine, and/or psudoephedrine are suitable if not coloured or flavoured. Demazin Cough & Cold Syrup (not the peach flavoured one) is one example. Please refer to the RPAH Elimination Handbook for more information.


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