•  Breadcrumbs substitute - I use oatbran for crumbing meat and in rissoles . Easy and it works - thanks to Sheila

•  Instant failsafe cabbage and brussels sprout salad in Thermomix - drop a garlic clove or two onto the spinning blade at speed 10, put in equal quantities of rough chunks of cabbage and trimmed brussels sprouts, whizz for 3 secs at speed 5. Can add moderate salicylate carrot or raw beetroot for extra colour. Serve with your favourite failsafe dressing.

•   Hint for marking failsafe food: I just wanted to share my sons FS food for Nanna’s house. I have made a snack box with safe treats. We also use yellow (his favourite colour) dots so it is easy for both Nanna and my son to see what is OK for him to have. In the box I have also included a food list and an extra sheet of dots. I know some people have trouble when out so I though this may help also all the items in the container are non-perishable so it is safe to keep in the boot of the car for those Unexpected "I'm hungry" moments - thanks to Sandie from the facebook page


•     For quick chicken nuggets with a batter-like texture: slice chicken breast fillets, coat with flour, dip in beaten egg and shallow fry, thanks to Cameron

•    Brussels sprout puree (made with butter and/or cream, Failsafe Cookbook) traditionally served on roasts in England can be a huge success even with sprout haters.

•    Bombe Alaska (Failsafe Cookbook) makes an entertaining pudding for a hot Australian Christmas.

•    Failsafe Nachos  Cook lamb mince in a pot with sea salt and pureed failsafe veges until just cooked and combined well (swede goes particularly well). Serve in a bowl with some plain Kettle chips for dipping.

•    Mini crumpets  A variation for the Rice Hoppers recipe on page 237 of the new Failsafe Cookbook (reader comment: ”I've just made my first rice hopper and eaten it a few minutes ago - what a treat to find a bread substitute that tastes fantastic”.): make mini crumpets by pouring the batter into egg rings, ideal for fingerfood or lunchboxes, served either plain or with a smear of hummous or pear jam. The batter can be frozen or stored in the refrigerator between use, but works best at room temperature. Some extra hints for that recipe: warm water for mixing with yeast should be blood heat (when you dip your finger in, it feels neither hot nor cold); although the recipe says let stand 6 hours, you can get away with less than that if standing in a warm place.

•    Pear jam This is the season (March/ April) for fresh ripe pears in the southern hemisphere. Howard bought 7 kg of fresh pears (your supermarket will provide a box) for about $2.70 per kg, we had a working bee to peel and chop them, and ended up with 3.5 kg of useable pears that will provide a year's supply of pear jam for us.

•    For a failsafe air freshener, you can mix some vanilla essence with water in a spray bottle. – thanks to Kyria

•    Instead of peanut butter you can use chickpea butter made from steamed chickpea power, brown sugar, water, salt and canola oil, recipe by Fiona Carter and steamed chick pea powder from

•    Rolled oats good value for money: a Canadian ‘Porridge for Parkinsons’ party fed 200 people on $10.81 worth of steel cut oats,

•    The real cost of an item is your net hourly rate after taxes and minus expenses such as childcare. Using this value, a Simple Savings member calculated that she would have to work for three hours to pay for a takeaway meal. ‘My husband loves KFC but I am no longer an easy pushover’ she wrote. Thanks to 

•    Sausage Sizzles and School Fetes: two tips from the SAFE Newsletter, thanks Kathleen, Jenny & Marianne - Organise an 'Additive Free Option' when there's a sausage sizzle at your school! Send a note home with a slip to be returned with the money prior to the day. Some schools organise it this way already, to minimise wastage. One school that offered this was amazed by the number of families that were happy to pay an extra $1 for an additive free sausage in bread. Their local Brumby's supplied bread at no cost, which was spread with Nuttelex and topped with a FAILSAFE sausage. See for preservative free sausages, if you've not got your local butcher trained up yet! And at school fetes, fairy floss can be made without the pink colouring. It still tastes exactly the same so it's a perfect Additive Free treat. Ask the Fairy Floss Machine hire company to ensure it's cleaned to remove all traces of pink. I've done this before (called it SNOW) and made just as much money as a pink floss stall and also used it as an opportunity to hand out information to the community too.

•    BBQ choko: cook choko quartered, peeled, with some salt and oil in foil on the bbq (Ihad never eaten choko before, I LIKE it!)-  thanks to Petra

•    One-minute omelette: break egg into a mug or bowl and beat well, pour into a well oiled saucer, microwave on high for one minute or until set. Good in sandwiches, wraps, foldies – thanks to Jill

•    Potato pizza base - peel potatoes thickly and boil until just cooked but still firm. Cut into slices and press into a well oiled pizza pan, cover with topping, bake as usual.

•    Bunny 'n' Beans - wild rabbit is organic, lean, failsafe meat, but can be expensive. You can increase nutrition and lower the price by adding equal quantities of cooked kidney beans to make your rabbit meal go further (see Failsafe Cookbook page 89)

•    Thank you for the magic cordial recipe - the kids love it! I add a small teaspoon of beetroot juice in the 2 litre bottle of diluted cordial and the boys say it looks just like the ‘bad stuff’!! - thanks to Heidi

•    Just thought I'd let you know that I finally got around to cooking Chickadamias from your cookbook - except I left out the garlic and added a bit of sunflower oil. I don’t like the smell of cooking chickpeas but once they are done, that smell is gone and they taste great! – Leah

•    Failsafe breadcrumbs: for breadcrumbs we just break up and food process frozen slices of bread, usually the left-over crusts. We use Brumby's, Bakers Delight or other failsafe bread of course – thanks to Amy.

•    Breadcrumbs: I take frozen failsafe bread rolls out of the freezer and grate them for fresh bread crumbs. My local Brumbys store also made up a couple of bags of fresh breadcrumbs for me for $1.00 each. – thanks to Helen M

•    Quick Carob spread: the quickest ever spread for sandwiches: butter bread, sprinkle over carob powder and add top slice of bread. For toast, spread with a knife until butter and carob are mixed. For a low fat version of this spread, mix 2 tbsp carob powder with an equal quantity of milk until reaching the consistency of icing then spread straight onto unbuttered bread - thanks to Leah, NSW

•    Maple slushie - some school canteens will sell plain slushies (ie no syrup) if you ask - send a small plastic vial of maple syrup to add to the slushie (or supply the school with a bottle). My 6yo is happy with this - thanks to Neola. "I just read the maple slushies recipe in Cook's Corner and thought I would mention that in some schools the plain slushie mix is a concentrated apple juice base with preservatives added so mums may want to double check the mix at their schools first before utilising this idea! How wonderful if it was just a plain ice mix you could send a little magic cordial or pear syrup as well!" - thanks to Lauren

•    Failsafe sports drink (for those who can tolerate dairy). Skimmed milk has been shown to be more effective than Gatorade type drinks for post exercise recovery, more details at

•    Party hints: – see our new Failsafe parties factsheet

•    'Dairy free' yoghurt alternative for little ones add 1/2 teaspoon of guar gum to 1/2 cup of rice milk. My son has never had yoghurt so he doesn't know that his version is any different to his sister’s as it looks the same. I put both of them in the same containers so his doesn't look different. [caution: as with other vegetable gums, guar gum can have a laxative effect in some people] – thanks to Pippa.

•    Lunchbox Mini Pies - I have found over last few months of elimination that my girls really dislike failsafe mince if put on top of pasta. However they love it when I make mini pies in a muffin tray .Pastry for bottom, fill with failsafe mince with cabbage in it or sliced beans (if wanting to get more vegies into them) and then top it with mash potato. They love these and take them as leftovers to school (especially on the day the other kids are able to order their lunch). Also the muffin tray size are just right for a child. – thanks to Nic.

•    Poko cake ‘Has anyone tried the Poko cake recipe from the Failsafe cook book? I’ve just made it and it is absolutely beautiful. Who would have thought that a combination of cashews, chokos and pear would ever work, but it truly does!’ – thanks to the failsafeeczema group

•    Eggfree pancakes for people who are allergic to eggs but can tolerate amines, you can use 2 ripe bananas instead of eggs, combine with SR flour then stir in milk or milk substitute until you have a good pouring consistency - thanks to Nicole

•    For a dairy free yoghurt alternative for little ones add 1/2 teaspoon of guar gum to 1/2 cup of rice milk. My son has never had yoghurt so he doesn't know that his version is any different to his sister's as it looks the same. I put both of them in the same containers so his doesn't look different. – thanks to Pippa (older children may need to add some pears or maple syrup for flavour – thanks to Karen)

•    Hint for weight loss: I limit myself to 1 teaspoon of rich foods like icecream and desserts. – thanks to Janine

•    Hint: I made the besan bombs from the FS Cookbook and also made a batch with cooked chunks of potato inside and my 18 month old - on the full elimination diet including GFDF - enjoyed them. – thanks to Kate

The Failsafe Cookbook

This revolutionary book contains hundreds of new and improved recipes for all kinds of occasions. With the help of these tasty and easy-to-follow recipes for breakfasts, lunches, main meals and desserts, through to food for special occasions, vegetarian cooking and gluten-free food - and by following Sue's step by step guide to eliminating harmful natural and added food chemicals - it is possible to be free of a wide range of health and behavioural problems caused by food intolerance.

This is a book which transforms families

Click here to learn more about The Failsafe Cookbook