Welcome to the October 2016 edition of our Newsletter!

Today is actually World Smile Day! Be sure to join the celebration this year on Friday, October 7th, and "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"! I love that! You never know what is going on in someones world and knowing that you can make it just that little bit brighter with a smile is so powerful.

Another event that is featured this month that doesn't get much attention is World Food Day. World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

"The theme for this year is: 'Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too'. The seven areas related to our theme – forestry, agriculture, livestock, food loss and waste, natural resources, fisheries and food systems. Events are organized in over 150 countries, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger, and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or retail stage through a number of initiatives including better harvesting, storage, packing, transport, infrastructure, market mechanisms, as well as institutional and legal frameworks."

It is nice to know that higher bodies have programs in place to improve food quality all around the world. I pray these changes are for the better for all in the long term.

To carry on this theme we are exploring great ways to use up left overs to reduce food wastage and safe food handling. 

Have a great October! :-)


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More Meals in One

Roast meat left overs if perfect to use for another meal... that is if you actually end up with having any left over! Love roast meat! Chicken, beef or lamb roast can be used on home made pizzas, in sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and wraps, rice paper rolls, in noodle stir fries, pies and stirred through pasta.

You need to be really aware of your amine sensitivity, whether you can cope with it left in the fridge over night until lunch or to be on the safe side, place in the freezer until you use it. Here are a few Roast recipes to get you started.

Failsafe FoodieChicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Domestic DivaVanilla Salted Chicken in the Varoma

Domestic DivaLamb Roast with a Celery Pesto Crust


Recipes for using up Left Overs

Real Failsafe MealsBeef Salad (or Chicken? Or Lamb?). Turn left over meat into a delicious salad

Failsafe FoodieArancini - Risotto Balls. Left over risotto is perfect for making Arancini balls.

Cooking for OscarMince and “Gravy”. This mince can be served as is with vegetables, or stirred through pasta or rice.  It is also great as a topping on pizzas, or as a filling in sandwiches, wraps or calzones.

Domestic DivaLamb and Pesto PizzaPizzas are great for making left overs look and taste spectacular.

Fed UpJaffle pies. A quick easy meal or lunch idea.

Don't forget to check out our pinterest page for for inspiration.

Meal Planning

A great way to save on food wastage is to meal plan. I find if I don't take time to plan, I buy all sorts of food that I don't end up using and then it gets thrown out, which I hate to do! Meal planning is also helpful when starting out on the Failsafe diet to assist you getting your head around what foods are safe to buy.

The best way to start is to plan out your week. What activities do you or members of your family have on? If you are going to be out until 6pm with sporting events, plan to cook extra the night before or cook earlier in the day if possible or make something that evening that is quick, easy and fuss free. It is also fun to get the family involved.

Have you found the Meal Plans blog? Here are 4 weeks of Spring Failsafe menu plans ready to go for you!

Real Failsafe Meals blog also has a 4 week meal plan for snacks.



Recipes that Freeze Well

Cooking for Oscar - Baked Chicken Tenders. Fuss free meal, chicken nuggets and cook with frozen chips, keep the kids happy!

Domestic Diva - Lasagne. Make a few lasagne at once to place in the freezer for another night.

Real Failsafe Meals - Real Deli Chicken. Slice thinly and layer in a container with sheets of "go-between" between them and freeze. Perfect to remove individual slices for sandwiches, wraps, omelets, pizzas and salads.

Fed Up - Mini meatloaves. You can use leftovers for lunchboxes: wrap individually in foil, seal in a freezer bag and freeze for up to one month


Making the Most Of your Freezer

Domestic Diva: I love my freezer!!  It saves me so much time in the kitchen! I am sure a lot of this you have heard before or already do a lot of these… but if there is one or two out there that may find a new tip, then it was all worth it! There are also days when even contemplating cooking another failsafe meal (or any meal for that matter) can be over whelming and times like these when I don’t want to be in the kitchen I call my freezer my friend! It also saves on food wastage. [read more]

Keeping your meat Failsafe

Meat is best fresh, preferably not supermarket meat that may have been vacuum packed for three months or more as this allows a buildup of amines – ask your specialist butcher for meat that hasn’t been vacuum packed. Eat the day you buy or freeze and eat within one month. [read more]

What to do when you have bought too much food? 

Did you know that you can freeze shallots and eggs? So you know food waste is costing you, our farmers and the environment, but you’re sick of being spoon fed solutions that are good in theory, but don’t work. If you’ve ever done meal prepping for a week, you’ll understand the dread when it comes time to eat the same meal for the fifth time in a row. Meal Lego are the individual building blocks for a meal (aka your weeknight besties). Think chopped roast veg. Shredded cooked chicken. Bean and vege stew. Whole roasted potatoes, chopped. Keep them plain and they’ll be super flexible, which means they’ll also make your next weeknight dinner that much faster and easier to pull together. Cooked veg also tends to defrost better. [read more]

A Basic Guide to Freezing Just About Every Vegetable.

Although the vegetables mentioned in this article are not failsafe, the tips on how to successfully freeze vegetables is the same. I wish I had stocked up on Brussels Sprouts when I could buy them for $5 a kilo and freeze them, it breaks my heart paying over $12 a kilo again now. 

The process of blanching stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavour, colour, or texture; it also brightens the colour of your vegetables (just look at the vibrant green colour of those peas!), cleans the surface of organisms, and helps slow the loss of nutrients. And after blanching, vegetables must be cooled quickly to stop the cooking process immediately. [read more]


Storing Food

It is important to store all your food safely, whether it is a fridge item or pantry. These links from CSIRO are very helpful. Just be mindful of the meat failsafe storage limit as above.

CSIRO - Refridgeorator Storing of perishable food

           - Safe storage of food and Shelf life


New Allergy Store in Melbourne

Exciting news!  Allergy Train have now opened a retail store in Melbourne, as well as being online. You can find them at 1/169 Martin Street, Brighton. (above Fox in the Box restaurant).


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