Welcome to the November 2016 edition of our Newsletter!

Is it really that time of year?  Christmas is only 7 weeks away; its hard to believe the year has gone by so quickly.  That means its time to start thinking about Christmas and planning your FAILSAFE festive season, so we're giving you a head start on the Christmas planning with some resources to get you going.  With the weather warming up (except in Melbourne!) the BBQs are starting to come out and picnics are appearing on the calendar, and this month we've also included some great ideas for outdoor eating.


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Christmas and food intolerance

Christmas can be the worst time of year for people with food intolerance, especially for those who haven't yet realised they are affected by food.

Food reactions are related to the size of the dose, people tend to eat bigger doses of high salicylate, amine and glutamate foods at Christmas time, and reactions can be delayed and cumulative. This is when people are likely to realise they need to take food seriously. [read more]


Advent Calendars

Kids (and adults) love advent calendars. The fun and joy of taking turns each day to open or unravel a piece brings you one step closer to Christmas each day. A lot of the calendars you find in the shops are filled with chocolates and lollies that are full of colours, flavours and preservatives. There are lots of Failsafe ways that you can make your own advent calendars for your family to enjoy. By using nick nacks, small toys, stationary, Failsafe lollies or activites to be opened each day leading up to Christmas. Our Pinterest page will give you some great ideas to begin planning. [read more]


FAILSAFE Confectionary

If you would like to make your own Advent calendar with lollies, or need to have a supply of FAILSAFE lollies and sweets over the Christmas season, Fedup has a list of all the commercial ones that are available for purchase. [read more]

Allergy Train also have some great Christmas Food ideas as well as lots of FAILSAFE lollies and sweets in store.


Failsafe Christmas Pinterest Board

Our Christmas Pinterest board can give you lots more inspiration.  [read more]


More Christmas Hints and Tips

As well as some helpful hints and tips, Cooking for Oscar has a Christmas menu to give you some ideas on what to cook.  From snacks, treats, the main meal and desserts.... A lovely Carob Syrup cake, roast chicken with stuffing and much more...  [read more]


Picnic Inspiration

Need some inspiration?  Where are the best picnic spots?  Things to do?  

Here are some of my favourite picnic links to get you started:

• Unique Australian summer picnic experiences

• Top picnic spots in Australia

• Things to do at the park

• 7 tips for a successful picnic with kids

• 12 secrets for the perfect picnic

BBQ Fish Wraps

BBQ fish in garlic butter, chives and parsley, served in a wrap with salad is Domestic Diva's favourite no fuss picnic meal. Buy the fish fresh and cook it yourself on the bbq at home, the park or beach. [read more]


Pear Tart

Pears are definitely the go to ingredient on the FAILSAFE menu.  Why wouldn't you want pears when you could be bringing this gorgeous pear tart to your next BBQ or picnic?  Plus, this recipe from FAILSAFE Foodie is gluten and dairy free.  [read more]


Failsafe Felafels

A great finger food to have with FAILSAFE hommus, or added to pita bread with some salad and mighty mayo.  [read more] 


Thermomix Papaya Sorbet

Papaya, or pawpaw, contain amines.  If amines can be tolerated then this papaya sorbet would make a wonderful dessert at a BBQ.  [read more]


Barbequed Chicken Strips with Chunky Chips and Pear and Bean salad

The "go to" meal in Cooking for Oscar's household on a warm evening - BBQ chicken strips with chunky chips and pear and bean salad.  This recipe is easy and no fuss.  [read more]

And if you have a thermomix, or equivalent, you can make your own golden syrup for the Golden Marinade with Domestic Diva's recipe.  [read more] 


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.  

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Rona, Trish, Sandra and Frilly Pants


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