Aug / Sept 2019 Newsletter #54
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Welcome to the Aug / Sept edition of the newsletter.

In this edition the focus is on chives. It is one of the main ingredients we can use to flavour our failsafe food, plus it is easy to grow. Have you tried growing it before? Most of the recipes I have found using chives are not from failsafe blogs, but only require leaving out one or two ingredients or swapping for something else. I have commented under each recipe the small changes needed. It is good to increase our repertoire of suitable recipes, is it not?

Don't forget Father's day on the 1st Sept. A few recipes are included to help spoil dad.

Also, have you ever thought about the food your fur-babies are consuming? We watch what we eat, it is possible to make your own food for them in order to avoid nasty additives affecting them. Have included some information and recipes.

Keep warm, spring is just around the corner!


An incredibly versatile herb, chives can add a mild garlic or onion flavour to your dishes. Pick and use to flavour fish, poultry, eggs or sandwiches or garnish soups and salads. They also look great in the garden, with their attractive grass-like foliage and edible purple flowers*. They’ll grow in just about any climate and, with their upright leaves, can fit themselves into quite compact spots. For example, chives make a tidy edging along garden beds. They contain vitamins A and C, minerals such as potassium and manganese and dietary fibre. Chives are at their peak between November and March.

Why chives are good to eat?
  • Chives are a good source of vitamins A (important for growth and development and the maintenance of your immune system) and C (needed for the growth and repair of tissues in the body) and contain vitamin K (important for helping your blood to clot).
    They also contain minerals such as potassium (which helps to regulate blood pressure), manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function), magnesium (involved in the regulation of muscle, heart and nerve function and keeping bones strong) and calcium.
  • Chives contain dietary fibre, which is important for a healthy bowel.
  • Energy – 100 g of chives supplies 110 kJ.
* None of the RPAH or fed up food lists mentions the flowers when talking about chives, so I would be interested to know if anyone has tried them successfully without reactions while on strict elimination phase.

Cooking with Chives

Carries Experimental Kitchen: Use white failsafe potatoes and leave out the pepper. [recipe link]
Potato Crackers

Father's Day

A few recipes to spoil dad or grandpa with on 1st September.
Epicurious: Fresh ricotta brings out the eggs' creaminess. [recipe link]
Cooking for Oscar: Two great recipes to cook for dad. [recipe link]
Domestic-Diva-Irish-Mocca-Cheesecake crop
Domestic Diva: Homemade whiskey cream liquor, carob and decaf in a cheesecake! [recipe link]

Fed Up Fact Sheet:

Pets, cats and dogs and food additives

While following the failsafe diet for yourself or family, have you ever thought about the affects of additives on your pets?

This fact sheet covers:

Which food additives are most likely to kill your pet?
Are dogs calmer on additive-free diets?
Can additives cause epileptic seizures (fits) in dogs?
I have an itchy terrier. Could this be related to food additives?
What do vets say about additives in dog food?
Are there any other pet health problems related to additives?
Which food additives should my pet avoid?
How can I tell if my pet’s food contains additives?
Can you suggest additive-free food for a dog?
More information

Pet food recipes

There’s a lot of focus on giving our family fresh, nutritious, additive-free food, but what about feeding our fur-babies? Most dogs get a mixture of canned or dried dog food, most of which contains artificial flavours and preservatives that can affect dogs as much as they affect humans. Most commercial dog food and treats also contain fillers, flours, grains or cereals that are not only unnecessary in a dog’s diet, but are also difficult for a dog to digest. Home-made dog food is an excellent way to make sure your dog has all the goodness they need, without the additives they don’t!
Stay At Home Mum: 5 quick & easy homemade dog food recipes. [recipe link]
Sydney Wide Pet Doors: 8 Amazing homemade dog food recipes your dog would love. [recipe link]
Feline Living: 9 Homemade Cat Food Recipes That Are Way Healthier Than Kibble [recipe link]
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