Cheese and jalapeno pretzels

I’m going to Florida in March. Since we booked it, I’ve been dreaming of having a cheese jalapeno pretzel. Even though it’s not long until we go, I couldn’t wait any longer! I had to have one!

I scoured around the web and combined recipes. Here’s what I came up with.


220 g white bread flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp yeast

2 tbsp margarine

Grated extra mature cheddar cheese (just grated loads as you can never have too much cheese!)

2 jalapenos washed and diced

160 ml milk

Rock salt to sprinkle over the top


1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and yeast. 

2. Put in the margarine in small bits. 


3. Rub the dry ingredients and marge together to make fine breadcrumbs.


4. Add the cheese, jalapenos and milk and stir.



5. Add more flour if too wet.


6. Knead a few times.


7. Divide dough in half and taking one half, roll into a 12×8 inch rectangle.

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8. Cut dough lengthways into 8 1 inch strips.


9. Roll out a bit further with the palms of your hands. Then repeat with the other half.


10. Twist into a pretzel shape. Wet the ends with milk to stick to the rest of the pretzel.

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11. Leave to rise slightly for 30 minutes. 

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12. Grease a couple of trays and turn the oven onto gas mark 6.

13. Fill a pan with water and bring to the boil.

14. Taking a pretzel, carefully place it on a large spoon and hold it in the boiling water for 5 seconds.


15. Place on the greased tray and sprinkle over some rock salt.

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16. Repeat with the rest and cook for approx 20 minutes or until golden.

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Next time I think I’ll brush them with either milk or egg to give them a glossy finish. 

The mixture of cheese, jalapenos, salt and bread is amazing!! I know these are going to be a firm favourite in this household! They’ll tide me over until we’re in America 🙂



Hidden star cake

The snow has been here for a couple of weeks and as hubby works outside, he’s been home everyday! It’s getting quite old now 😉 So to have some time to myself (even though I wasn’t too well yesterday) I decided to get in the kitchen and test out a new idea I’ve had. I took inspiration from Pinterest, but unfortunately, I didn’t ‘pin’ it but it’s been in my head for days. The cake I saw was a cake made in a loaf tin, with a pumpkin running through out. 

I thought with Valentines day approaching, I’d try to make one with a heart running through it. So I went to the kitchen to make a start,  went to get a heart cutter and oh! I don’t appear to have one! I could have sworn I did. Oh well, I’ll just have to buy a new one 😉

Anyway, on with the cake. Now, please note, this was a trial run just to test out how to make it and I was unwell so it’s not a totally good bake but it gives me hope to get the next one right. 


For the stars: 

  • 100g (3½oz)  unsalted butter, very soft
  • 100g (3½oz) golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g (3½oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp red food colouring gel

For the rest of the cake:

  • 100g (3½oz) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 100g (3½oz) golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g (3½oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


To make the stars-

1. Preheat oven to gas 4, 180˚C, fan 160˚C. Grease a loaf tin with butter.

2. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one by one and then beat in the flour, a pinch of salt and the red food colouring gel.


4. Pour into the greased tin and level out. Cook in the oven for approx. 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.


5. Leave to cool slightly in the tin. 


6. Once cooled, take out of the tin and turn it upside down. 


7. With a bread knife, cut the cake sideways into 3 slices.


8. With a star cookie cutter, cut out as many stars as you can with the 3 slices of cake. Leave to one side.



For the rest of the cake-

1. Clean and grease the tin again.

2. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one by one and then beat in the flour, a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract. Leave to one side.


To assemble- 

1. In the tin, stand the stars up in a line, one after another, running down the middle of the tin. 


2. Gently spoon the cake mixture over the stars and level out.


3. Cook in the oven for approx. 25 minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

4. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then once cool take it out of the tin.


5. Carefully slice into the cake and see if it has worked!

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I know it looks rubbish but I have learnt what I need to do next time to make it better. Next time, I will make more of the vanilla cake mixture so it covers the stars totally. I’ll have to figure out how much to increase the mixture by first though. I’ll also cover the cake in either icing or chocolate buttercream or something else scrummy. I really wasn’t feeling too well so I just left it as it was. It also appears to be slightly under cooked and one side of the star isn’t sharp and pointy like it should be. But this was just a learning curve. 

I’d like to try it out with other shaped cutters, different colours, flavours and shapes of tins. I’d also like to do it in a round tin. 

Until next time,



My favourite breakfast


At approximately 580 calories, I have this as an occasional treat (hey, it’s better than McDonalds, right?! Which used to be my number 1) 

I love that it has a kind of buffet or a pick and mix feel to it. I sometimes have some egg on a piece of bagel with either cheese, or spring onion, or ham etc or go totally wild and mix it up! I love to eat bits of cheese with a grape or apple. I love that it’s a ‘fun’ breakfast. 

Here’s the stats from (I added salad cream to the eggs after the photo):

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sugar Potass
Aldi – Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese, 30 g 125 0 11 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Weightwatchers – Bagel, 64 g 154 29 1 6 3 0 Ico_delete
Tesco – Spring Onion (Salad Onion), 75 gms 18 2 0 2 2 0 Ico_delete
Generic – Apple Braeburn 100 g, 100 g 47 12 0 0 12 0 Ico_delete
Morrisons – Red Seedless Grapes, 50 g 30 8 0 0 8 0 Ico_delete
Boiled – Eggs, 2 Medium (44g) 136 1 9 11 1 118 Ico_delete
Morrisons – Unsalted English Butter, 5 g 37 0 4 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Bramwells-Aldi- – Light Salad Cream, 15 g 31 2 3 0 1 0 Ico_delete
Add Food 

578 54 28 19 27 118


What’s your favourite breakfast?

Fruit smoothie

As I’m on a health kick I have swapped chocolate, cake and cookies for fruit. So to get a lot of fruit intake (fruit is not my first choice to eat in winter!) I decided to make a smoothie- with the help of one of my lovely new shiny Christmas presents, a blender (a food processor came with it too :) ) 

It was really simple, all I used was:

1 punnet blueberries

1 punnet strawberries

2 small bananas

2 large tbsp low fat Greek yogurt

Enough milk to cover the fruit

2 tbsp honey

All you do is wash the fruit, chop, pour, blend and enjoy!







This was enough to make about 3 large glasses full. 

As an aside….

I have made another blog (I am keeping this one too :)) which is basically me keeping a diary. You can view this if you wish (I’d really like that ;)) here: 

You can keep track of my (hopefully!) weight losses there in time to come 🙂 RDK will be for the food side of my life (a massive part then!) and the other place, will be everything else 🙂 


New year, new me!

Well hello there 2013! You sure sneaked up on me! I hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year. 

As always and as I’m sure many MANY people do, I make the same New Years resolution every year since I can remember: Lose weight! 

So, I am going to be eating more healthily. I’ve had enough of all the so called miracle diets, which never work, right?! I’m going to do which I know will work, it’s simple- eat less and move more!

From now on then, you’ll see less on my plate and what is there, will be (the majority of the time- as you shouldn’t deprive yourself, right?!) healthy stuff. 

I hope that next New Years, I won’t have to make the same resolution as I do every year. 

I’ve done ok so far but I haven’t taken any pictures yet but I will from next week. 

Wish me luck!