Welcome to the April 2017 edition of our Newsletter!

It's school holidays and Easter!

This edition we are focusing on Easter. In last months newsletter we touched on where to get your Failsafe Easter eggs. I hope you had success sourcing them. If not or you have left it to the last minute, don't despair, there are lots of ideas in this edition to get you started. To make your own Easter eggs, you can also melt carob buttons or nestle white melts and pour into molds. 

I have discovered a few Easter traditions and recipes from around the world. It is wonderful to find recipes from other cultures that are suitable for failsafe or require the basic swap of one ingredient (I have included notes beside the recipes). Some of the recipes featured in this edition do not come from failsafe blogs, but the particular recipes that are linked are suitable for failsafe.

Enjoy your time with your family and friends this Easter.

Stay safe, Blessings.


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Easter Recipes

Easter Egg Cakes

Domestic Diva: This decadent cake concept is easy to make and can really be used for any occasion, not just Easter. I used an Easter egg shaped cutter but you can use any shape for any occasion and celebration. Trees or bells for Christmas, hearts for valentines day, balloons or any themed shape for a birthday party. [read more]


Hot Cross Buns

Cooking for Oscar has 3 versions of hot cross buns for you to enjoy! Pear buns, fruit buns and choc-chip (carob buttons and white melts work as well). [read more]

For a GF Hot Cross Bun, check out Kersten's Kitchen

For a Thermomix recipe, I have used this Hot Cross Buns - Thermomumma Recipe and left out the cinnamon, nutmeg and saltanas and added in carob buttons and nestle white melts. They were delicious and disappeared in seconds! 


Rice Bubble Easter Eggs

Cooking for Oscar: Easter is fast approaching (it’s too early this year) and it feels like Easter eggs have been in the shops since Boxing Day.  Easter is hard on the elimination diet and there aren’t a lot of non-chocolate options around.  These cute little rice bubble eggs are super easy to make.  Nestle White Melts aren’t chocolate so they are suitable for the Elimination and  FAILSAFE diets. [read more]


New Recipes Urgently Needed!

 I am sure you would all agree, we desperately need some NEW failsafe recipes that are easy to access. Often delicious recipes are shared on facebook groups and get lost in the newsfeed and never to be seen again. We are looking for people who would like to share their recipes with our failsafe community by having them appear as a guest blogger on our At The Failsafe Table web site. Having your recipes on a blog means they can be pinned on pinterest, book marked and easily be found again.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, please email it to admin@failsafetable.com with detailed instructions, photos if you have any (but not essential), and if it was adapted from another recipe please include the original link.

We look forward to seeing your creations!


Easter Cupcakes

Domestic Diva: Easter is upon us again, a time to be able to celebrate an unfailing act of love. Eggs symbolise new life and I couldn’t resist putting a marshmallow fondant egg on top of the last batch of cup cakes I had just made. I had some marshmallow fondant in the fridge left over from the last birthday cake I had made, perfect way to use it up! [read more]


Easter Egg Hunt

Domestic Diva has some ideas on doing an Easter Egg hunt when on the failsafe diet. Using plastic eggs that you can fill yourself. You can purchase them from most bargain shops and craft stores. They can fill be filled with failsafe sweets/lollies or trinkets and toys. You can turn it into a fun treasure hunt (check out the printable) or a fitness treasure hunt. even fill with glow sticks or battery operated candles for a night time activity or for entertainment while camping. 


Failsafe Easter Bucket by Jocelyn

Jocelyn made a gorgeous Easter basket for her little girl. It contains Nestle chocolate buttons melted into Easter eggs and white marshmallows. Jocelyn purchased the ears, tail, duck, little bags, shredded paper, molds and stickers from spotlight. 

A great idea for making up your own gift baskets with suitable failsafe treats for your family.


Non food based Easter Gifts

If you check around some of the department stores you can find craft packs, plaster packs, soft toys, and gift sets that don't contain Easter eggs. Kmart have a good range this year and often Spotlight has some craft items. You can always gift winter pajamas and slippers that would be perfect in a little Easter gift basket like above.


Homemade Easter Bunny Rolls

How cute are these bread rolls from the blog Plated Cravings? These Easter Bunny Rolls are so easy to make and perfect for brunch or dinner! Made from fool-proof homemade yeast dough, these cute bunny-shaped rolls are buttery, fluffy, and so cute with their salty tails. [read more]


Italian Sweet Ricotta Easter Pie

 I found this recipe on the blog "She Loves Biscotti". It is not a failsafe blog, but this particular recipe is suitable for failsafe.

"I present to you Italian Sweet Ricotta Easter Pie or Fiadoni Dolci con Ricotta." [read more]


 Mary Urim’s Paska

"Paska is a traditional Easter bread made in Eastern European countries including Poland, Ukraine, and Slovakia.  Christian symbolism is associated with this bread.  My grandmother, mother, and various relatives make this bread each year for Easter.   I have been making it for the last several years. Paska is a sweet bread, and raisins are a good addition if you like raisins.  I do not, and therefore, I do not add them.  Paska is also a hearty, rich bread, but it has this amazing ability to feel light and almost fluffy when toasted.  It is a good complement to kielbasa, or any sandwich.  I prefer mine with butter – lots of butter!" [read more]


Italian Ricotta Pie

A Family Feast: "Italian Ricotta Pie is a classic, traditional recipe – often served at Easter. I think our Italian Ricotta Pie will make any fan of traditional Italian foods very happy!  (Especially those of you who love Italian desserts!)

This pie has a lightly sweetened, very moist ricotta cheese filling, and a thick, rustic crust with hints of both vanilla and almond flavors. Interestingly – this recipe does not use butter in the crust. Extra virgin olive oil is used instead – and it totally works – giving the crust a crispy, flaky and almost cookie-like texture on the outer edges, and the bottom crust under the ricotta cheese filling is slightly cake-like in texture." 

This Recipe is not on a Failsafe blog. Make sure you use Rice Bran oil to replace the olive oil and leave out the almond extract. [Direct link to the recipe]


Decorated Eggs

There are so many different techniques for decorating eggs, we have pinned some that are easy to do and will hopefully meet the needs of your failsafe crafty family to brighten and decorate your Easter Table. Check out our Pinterest Easter Board.


Fish for Good Friday

Fed Up Website: Fish and seafood must be very fresh, best eaten within 12 hours of catch or frozen and eaten within 2 weeks (in my experience, supermarket fish and seafood is never fresh enough). White fish or seafood, e.g. snapper, barramundi, whiting, crab, lobster, oysters, calamari, scallops (but not salmon, tuna or prawns). Best from specialty fish shops, fishing co-ops and friends who fish, ask for the freshest and eat that day. [read more]

BBQ Fish Wraps - Domestic Diva: BBQ fish in garlic butter, chives and parsley then served in a wrap with salad is our favourite no fuss picnic meal. We came up with this great alternative after our kids started reacting to the antioxidants in the oil or batter from take away fish and chip shops. So instead of getting the shop to cook it, we decided to buy the fish fresh and cook it ourselves on the bbq’s at the park or beach. This is also the way we love to dine on Good Friday.

Sam’s Barra Cakes - Fed Up: Barramundi is the iconic fish from Australia’s Top End, also known as Sea Bass. If you can’t get fresh Barramundi, any fresh white boneless fish fillets will do. For amine responders, fish must be very fresh, not frozen. 

Fish Stir Fry - Cooking for Oscar:  Fish stir fry has been a bit of a constant in our house. Not made every week, it is one of those recipes that I have been trying to perfect since the early days, so keep revisiting.  I think I finally have it right now – thank’s to Failsafe Foodie’s Magic Sauce.  Because this recipe is so old it has low salicylate/amine options and higher options.  Fish needs to be very fresh, and white, to be low in amines.  Older white fish or salmon can be used for an amine challenge.



Please help reject a new way of hiding MSG in foods.

Sue Dengate has started a new petition to FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) asking them to not approve a new enzyme because it considerably increases the level of free glutamates (MSG) in your food and will never be shown on the ingredients label because it will be classified as a “processing aid”.

Did you know that MSG (monosodium glutamate and other free glutamates) may cause a wide range of symptoms like migraines and headaches, sleeplessness, rapid heartbeat, tachycardia and arrhythmias, foggy brain and poor memory, arthritis, cravings and weight gain?

MSG will be added to your food and hidden, not shown on the ingredients list, if a new food industry application is approved.

A1136 is a food company application to FSANZ for approval to use a new enzyme Protein Glutaminase as a “processing aid to improve protein functionality in baking, noodle, dairy, meat, fish and yeast products”.

Please follow this link and sign the petition.


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