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This Dessert Is Epically Delicious…And You Don’t Even Need To Bake It

If you’re like me, your oven acts more like an extra storage space for your cramped kitchen than it does a functional home appliance. Sure, sometimes I clear it out for the ambitious pie or baked chicken, but those things take so long to make and require so much effort.

But what if I told you that there’s a simple dessert you can make in minutes…without ever touching an oven?

Yes, friends, this no-bake cheesecake is a thing of beauty and it’s so easy to whip up!

I know what you’re thinking — you never knew cheesecake was so easy to make!

Oreo Pancakes Are Real And You Can Make Them At Home

Get flipping.

1. Hello, this is a Reeses Pieces pancake stack, nice to meet you.

Paul Winch-Furness / The Diner

2. And this is the the Red Velvet Wonder.

Paul Winch-Furness / The Diner

Just pancakes made with red velvet batter, drizzled white chocolate and cream cheese icing, and strawberries.

3. This? It’s a Jaffa Cake pancake, for real. It’s got dark chocolate sauce and an orange filling.

Paul Winch-Furness / The Diner

4. And this is the The Oreo Cookie Cake.

Paul Winch-Furness for The Diner

It’s got marshmallows, it’s got a chocolate pancakes, and it’s got Oreos. OMFG.

5. If you want to chow down, it’s pretty easy.

All the pancakes feature on the The Diner’s special pancake menu, available at seven London sites (Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Dalston, Spitafields, Islington, Gloucester Road, Camden) from 17th to 22nd February.

6. Or, you can make their Oreo pancakes at home. Here’s how:

Recipe courtesy of The Diner

Serves 4

For the pancake batter:

Buttermilk (600g)
Medium eggs (x8)
Unsalted butter (125g)
Vanilla extract (1 and a half tsp.)
Plain flour (600g)
Corn flour (100g)
Baking powder (30g)
Granulated sugar (125g)
Oreo cookies (150g)
Unsalted butter for frying (100g)

For serving:

Marshmallow fluff (25g)
Maple Syrup/Chocolate sauce (100ml)


Melt the butter and combine with buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract.
Combine the plain flour, corn flour, baking powder and granulated sugar. Blitz the Oreo cookies in a food processor till fine crumbs and add to the dry mix.
Whisk the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract together with dry ingredients. Continue mixing for 2-3 minutes.
Grease a large hot frying pan with butter and add dollops of pancake mix, keeping them separate. Allow to cook for 3 minutes on each side. They should puff up in the pan.
Stack cooked pancakes on a plate, add a dollop of marshmallow fluff, break a few Oreos on top (if you have any left over) and drizzle with maple syrup or chocolate sauce depending on your taste.
For those who really want to get in the spirit cut yourself out an Oreo stencil and dust with icing sugar for a perfect finish.

How Many Of These London Foods Have You Tried?

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  1. Check all the places you’ve eaten at:

    1. Franco Manca

      1 Franco Manca

    2. Dishoom

      2 Dishoom

    1. Grill My Cheese

      3 Grill My Cheese

    2. Motherclucker

      4 Motherclucker

    1. Hache

      5 Hache

    2. 6 Brick Lane Beigel

    1. 7 The Rib Man

    2. Hawksmoor

      8 Hawksmoor

    1. Mildred’s

      9 Mildred’s

    2. BuzzFeed

      10 The Ship

    1. Meat Liquor

      11 Meat Liquor

    2. Bao

      12 Bao

    1. ICCo

      13 ICCo

    2. Tayyabs

      14 Tayyabs

    1. 15 Koya

    2. Coach and Horses

      16 Coach and Horses

    1. Claridge’s

      17 Claridge’s

    2. BuzzFeed

      18 Cereal Cafe

    1. Pizza Pilgrims

      19 Pizza Pilgrims

    2. Crosstown Doughnuts

      20 Crosstown Doughnuts

    1. Mama Wang’s

      21 Mama Wang’s

    2. Deeny’s

      22 Deeny’s

    1. The Orange Buffalo

      23 The Orange Buffalo

    2. Bea’s of Bloomsbury

      24 Bea’s of Bloomsbury

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      25 Rasa

    2. Flickr: robertpaulyoung Creative Commons

      26 Duck and Waffle

    1. Anna Mae’s

      27 Anna Mae’s

    2. Tonkotsu

      28 Tonkotsu

    1. Aqua

      29 Aqua

    2. Flickr: walsh02 Creative Commons

      30 The Ritz

    1. Poppies

      31 Poppies

    2. Creative Commons

      32 Pitt Cue Co

    1. Flickr: 7394371@N06 Creative Commons

      33 F. Cooke Pie and Mash

    2. 34 Monty’s Deli

    1. Luardos

      35 Luardos

    2. Hummingbird Bakery

      36 Hummingbird Bakery

    1. Brindisa

      37 Brindisa

    2. Hummus Bros

      38 Hummus Bros

How Much Of A Foodie Are You?

  1. You’re not fussy, but you know what you like. You’re excited to try all the food London has to offer, but you want to get a lot of bang for your buck. We recommend checking out these cheap eats.

  2. You’re an adventurous eater, and you’re always ready to try out something new. Sweet or savoury, breakfast or dinner, the choice is yours. Can we recommend you try these street foods next?

  3. You’ve eaten your way around London, and know all the best places to go, whether it’s fine dining or on a budget. We recommend you start to focus your efforts in one place next. What about these amazing brunches?

Get In The Festive Spirit With These 19 Red And Green Recipes

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same if everything from decorations to ugly sweaters weren’t red and green.

Once the earth tones of Thanksgiving have their turn, red and green do a hostile takeover. If you ask me, it really helps me get in the holiday spirit to see wreaths and Christmas lights strung from house to house in these festive colors.

And who says the stuff on your holiday table can’t get in on the fun? Don’t be a grinch! Get some cooking inspiration from the list below and wow your guests with red and green treats that’ll take you from dinner to dessert.

1. Start off your holidays and your meal right with these festively delicious, bite-sized Caprese salads.

Read More: Give The Gift Of Food This Holiday Season With These Tasty Treats

2. Don’t be such a ding-a-ling! What’s more festive than a white chocolate ting-a-ling?

18 Things Everyone Must Eat In Cardiff

There’s lush.

1. Falafel from Falafel Kitchen

This Crwys Road eaterie offers several other options such as schnitzel and spicy omelette, but we heartily recommend the eponymous dish, served with as much salad as you can cram into a pitta…

2. Cosy Eggs at The Cosy Club

The Cosy Club is one of those magical places where you can get really drunk at night and overcome your hangover the following morning. Weekend brunches don’t get much better than this.

3. Pork Belly from The Potted Pig

The clue’s in the name people, this restaurant knows its pork. One of Cardiff’s swankier venues, save this for a big occasion (i.e. one where somebody else is paying).

4. An Omelette from The Deck Coffee House & Cakery

The Deck

If you thought Gavin & Stacey’s Gwen made the ultimate Welsh omelette, think again. Visit The Deck and order your omelette with more fillings than even Nessa could imagine…

5. A milkshake and cake at The Barker Teahouse

Cocktail-in-a-jam-jar fans will love Barker Teahouse’s milkshakes-in-a-milk-bottle idea. Oh and the giant slices of droolsome cake.

6. A Truffle Shuffle burger at The Grazing Shed

As the infinitely wise Gabrielle once sang, dreams can come true. We reckon she was thinking about this burger…

7. Beer battered halloumi at Milgi.

Once you’re done exploring the yurt in the back garden of this 100% vegetarian restaurant (because, YOLO), settle down to a dish of deep-fried cheese and chips. So wrong, but SO RIGHT.

8. Welsh Cakes from Fabulous Welsh Cakes

They’re the best Welsh export since Tom Jones’ pelvis, so it’s only fitting that Welsh cakes have a Cardiff Bay shop dedicated completely to them. Enjoy these sugary delights fresh from the oven.

9. Bombay Chaat at Mint & Mustard

Melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness from one of Cardiff’s most innovative Indian restaurants.

10. Citta Pizza at Cafe Citta

Seriously, how is anyone meant to go carb-free when there’s food like this in the world? Proof that Wales does Italian well.

11. Create your own sandwich at The New York Deli

It’s not often a sandwich makes us shout “Phwoar!”, but this is it. Unleash your inner Joey Tribbiani with this gut-busting feast.

12. A King Cake at Nata & Co

This Portugese bakery has more sumptuous treats than you can shake a half-eaten doughnut at. And darlings, they’re just so Instagram-worthy.

13. A Veggie Salad Bowl from Crumbs Kitchen

Another of Cardiff’s brilliant veggie cafes, this Morgan Arcade favourite offers a mix ‘n’ match (‘n’ cry with happiness) salad bar.

14. A Lobster at Burger & Lobster

Located right next to the St David’s 2 centre, this is the perfect dish to get your claws into after a long day’s shopping. Apparently the burger is pretty good too.

15. Thali at Vegetarian Food Studio

So. Many. Pots. Of. Goodness. This restaurant also offers delicious South Indian dosas and a range of Oriental dishes. Loosen your belts lads.

16. ALL THE MEAT at Hang Fire Smokehouse

Bringing Southern U.S. flavours to South Wales, the Smokehouse is the place to go to satisfy your meaty needs.

17. Gang Massaman Gah On at Bangkok Cafe

That’s a lamb and potato curry, in case you’re too busy drooling to Google it. Suddenly Cowbridge Road East and Khaosan Road don’t seem so far apart after all…

18. A Gluten-free cake at Milk & Sugar

Now that is a level of presentation that would make Mary Berry proud. Who could stop at one?

17 Things Everyone Must Eat In Dublin

Get eating.

1. Coco Pop French Toast at San Lorenzo’s

San Lorenzo’s

Famous for its #brunchofchampions, this George’s St restaurant underwent a revamp last year and the result is queues out the door every weekend.

We debated about which dish was the must-eat (think Nutella cheesecake or eggs royale with caviar and champagne) but this won. It comes with salted caramelised bananas and peanut butter, and is both a beauty and a beast.

€12.95, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm.

2. Mixed Meat Plate at My Meat Wagon

My Meat Wagon

Not able to choose which smoker-cooked BBQ meat you prefer? Get ‘em all on a platter, literally.

Beef brisket, pork belly, ribs, chicken and an onion ring come with choice of two sides. We dig the slaw and hand cut chips but if you must go for even more meat, you can choose a side of sausage. Get thee to Smithfield to try this.

€17.95, open Tuesday – Sunday

3. Truffle Pasta with Charred Asparagus and Parmesan at Fade St Social

On the Tapas menu, this veggie dish is plate-licking good. Rich and creamy without being too much, it’s posh comfort food that won’t break the bank. And hey, asparagus is an aphrodisiac you know…

€9.50, daily from 5-10pm

4. Fish Finger Sandwich and chips at Super Miss Sue

SMS has a functioning chipper attached to its two restaurants. The cafe next door is famous for its oysters, but the takeaway is the most drool-inducing.

This dish consists of thick sliced bread, fish fingers, mushy peas and tartare sauce – perfection. Get it with a side of chips, and if you’re feeling wild, stick a couple in to your sarnie. GET IN.

€7, 12-12 weekdays, 12 noon-3am Friday and Saturday.

5. Jerk Chicken Salad at Staple Foods

Well known for its vegan options, Staple Foods is somewhere to grab a healthy bite in Temple Bar for lunch or an early dinner.

Not veggie but still wholesome, their Jerk Chicken salad is a thing of beauty for meat eaters mainly due to the fact that its crowned with a divine dollop of chilli jam. Lots of shredded chicken, veg and beans means it fills you up too, so it’s well worth the €10 you pay for it.

12-5pm daily.

6. Gambas Benedict at White Friar Grill

WFG is well known for both its brunch offerings and its ribs’n’ rump dinners.

The gambas at brunch is worth trying simply because it’s so unusual. Eggs Benedict with delicious prawns (with the head and tail still on), avocado salsa, wilted baby spinach and a citrusy Hollandaise, as well as a side of home fries. It hits every tastebud and then some.

€10.95, Saturday and Sunday 10.30-4pm.

7. Cheeseburger and home cut fries at Bunsen

The title of best burger in Dublin is a hotly contested one, but Bunsen cinched it because its menu revolves entirely around delicious beef patties with all the trimmings.

Choose single or double, bun or none, and a side of fries (you can get sweet potato chips too), and that’s it. Simple, yet incredibly good. We recommend going the whole hog when it comes to salad and dressing, and getting your burger well done.
Single cheesburger, €7.45. Open daily. Gluten-free bun available.

8. A 99 at Teddy’s

This Dun Laoghaire institution is known around the country for its specialty cones, and has queues even in the winter. Keep it simple with a cone with a flake and lashings of strawberry sauce.

€2.50. Open daily.

9. Spicy Chicken Wings at Elephant and Castle

An odd mix of tourist hotspot and local favourite, the Temple Bar institution is famous for its wings. Tribeca in Ranelagh is a close second, but a basket of these are the best.

Crispy and spicy without just being hot for the sake of it, and nice and meaty too, they’re a total treat. And the blue cheese dressing is insane.

€13. Open daily

10. Burrito at Boojum

Another place where the queues do the talking, Boojum always seems busy and has recently opened a second branch on Kevin Street.

Choose a white or brown tortilla, meat, rice, beans, veg and toppings, watch them expertly wrap it up and devour. Those watching the carbs can ditch the wrap for a bowl.

From €5.95. Open daily. Vegetarian option available

11. Pizza Slice at DiFontaine’s

Relocated from the heart of Temple Bar to its outskirts on Parliament St, the pizza quality hasn’t dipped.

Authentic New York slices, these are thick, doughy and cheesy and toppings are top notch. We like ours simple, the 10th Street is just cheese and pepperoni for only €3.

Open daily, delivery option available for full pizza. Vegetarian option available

12. Sunday Roast at Brookwood


This relatively new steak and seafood house on Baggot St is trying to make #lunchisthenewbrunch happen. And with a roast like this, it might just.

A half joint serves two people but a full one would do three hungry souls. It comes with Yorkshire puddings, veg and delicious gravy, but any sane person will order Parmesan fries too… oh, and the cocktails are half price on a Sunday!

€32.50 for a half roast. Served Sundays, 1-8pm

13. Stir Fried French Bean with Chilli at M&L Chinese

This north inner city restaurant cranks out proper food you would actually find in Sichuan. This veggie dish is one of their most popular, and one of the chef’s recommendations also.

€10, available daily

14. Scotch Egg at L Mulligan Grocer

The Mulligan’s menu is old-skool Irish, but with a modern twist. Miley Cyrus even wandered out to Dublin 7 to sample the goods when she visited Dublin last year.

The Scotch Egg is a starter, pork and egg wrapped in breadcrumbs, it’s absolutely delicious and comes with dijon mayo and “Mulligmaloe” relish for dipping.

€6.50, available daily, vegetarian option available

15. Moroccan Special at Brother Hubbard

Breakfast in Dublin can often be very samey (another Full Irish, you say?) but Capel St’s Brother Hubbard is changing that with their eastern influenced brekkie dishes.

This is a mix of softened veggies including aubergine, chickpea and tomato, with two poached eggs floating in it and served with spinach and sourdough. Non veggies can add chorizo or salmon.

€9.95, available every day until 5pm

16. Lamb Doner at Zaytoon

The star of many an after party, Zaytoon is a thing of legend in the capital. Two branches, Temple Bar and Camden Street, serve spectacular kebabs, but the lamb doner is the stand out.

Perfectly marinaded and tender, with fresh bread and excellent sauces, no other kebab compares. Plus it’s not even frowned upon to eat Zaytoon in the day time, which is how you know it’s actually great.

€9, open daily

17. Cronuts at The Marker Hotel

Chef Gareth Mullins brought these beauties to Irish shores after having them in New York. They’ve been often imitated but never bettered, and the Marker sell them by the box in the morning and on their breakfast menu.

A croissant/donut hybrid, they’re absolutely to die for – and flavours vary, so you kinda have to try them all…

€2.50 each, available daily

21 Things Everyone Must Eat In Glasgow

Don’t have a hotdog, have a notdog.

1. The Classic Beef Pho at Hanoi Bike Shop.

This spicy noodle broth is made fresh “pho” customers every day at this pretty, tucked away Vietnamese canteen on Ruthven Lane. It’s a mixture of beef fillet, flank and slow cooked ox cheek with spring onions, fresh herbs and chilli.

2. The Cali Burger at Bread Meats Bread.

This gourmet burger joint turned heads when it introduced the wildly popular Cali Burger last year: two mustard-fried patties on a brioche bun. It’s available for the next two weeks as a special with plans to make it a permanent menu fixture.

3. The “Notdog” at Bloc.

This amazing mixture of falafel, veggie chilli, walnuts, avocado, cheese sauce, apricots and American mustard is definitely not a hotdog: it’s much, much better. You can also get a vegan version.

4. The Oreo Milkshake at Grill On The Corner.

This elegant grill kitchen on Bothwell Street looks quite sensible, but this indulgent milkshake proves it also has a fun side. If Oreos aren’t your thing, you can opt for a Nutella or ginger nut biscuit milkshake instead.

5. Seitan Asada at The Squid and Whale.

The vegan version of “Carne Asada” (lit: “grilled meat”) at this cosy city centre bar is made with seitan, a popular meat substitute. The seitan is marinaded in fresh lime and spices and served with guacamole, jalapenos, rice, refritos, or in a burrito.

6. The Piggy Back Burger at Roast.

This home made steak burger topped with pulled pork and swiss cheese is to die for. It’s a special so it isn’t always on the menu, but their (permanent) slow cooked, shredded brisket roll with garlic mushrooms is just as good.

7. Slow cooked barbecue pork tacos at Taco Mazama.

This efficient, friendly Mexican cantina offers fresh tacos, burritos, quesadillas and fajitas with a wide range of delicious and authentic fillings. Also, if you can finish their giant, £14.99 burrito you get it for free. Now that’s food for thought.

8. Vegan black pudding and beetroot wrap at Stereo.

Treat yo self indeed. This wrap makes a frequent appearance as a special at this laid back city centre vegan café. You can also sample their version of black pudding as part of the full cooked breakfast at weekends.

9. Sev Puri at Babu Bombay Street Kitchen.

If you’ve never visited this pukka Indian street food cafe, you’re really missing out. Their sev puri – deep fried Indian bread loaded with potatoes, chaat masala and chutney and topped with crispy lentil vermicelli – is the ultimate daytime snack.

10. The Chilli Cheese Dog at Lebowskis.

This artery hardening bad boy is actually a beechwood smoked beef hotdog topped with freshly made chilli and melted Lockerbie cheddar. You should definitely wash it down with one of their 26 varieties of White Russian.

11. Roasted root vegetable, chilli and puy lentil salad at The Glad Cafe.

This cheerful, bohemian cafe and venue in Shawlands offers a wide range of mains, but this delicious and healthy winter warmer salad is a particular highlight.

12. Eggs Benedict at The Hyndland Fox.

The relaxed atmosphere of The Hyndland Fox – an offshoot of the popular deli chain Peckhams – is the perfect place to enjoy this classic combination of poached eggs, bacon and hollandaise sauce on a toasted muffin.

13. Vegan bánh mì at Mono.

A classic Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich often includes seasoned pork belly, but this airy vegan cafe bar near Trongate offers a delicious meat free version that combines crispy smoked tofu, sriracha mayo, onion, pickled carrot and cucumber.

14. The Smoked Tasting Plate at The Meat Bar.

You won’t find any tofu tacos or seitan sandwiches at this unashamedly meaty eaterie on West Regent Street, but you will find this delicious home smoked platter of chicken wings, pulled pork, venison ribs and rabbit meatballs.

15. A full vegan breakfast at 13th Note.

This lively vegetarian-vegan cafe and music venue is the perfect place to grab a meat free brunch, which includes two slices of delicious veggie bacon made from rashers of seasoned tempeh.

16. Brioche french toast at Cafe Gandolfi.

The stained glass windows (and stunning driftwood furniture by artist Tim Stead) in this venerable Glasgow café are almost as gorgeous as its fruity, yoghurty, maple syrup covered French toast.

17. Vegetarian haggis fritters at Saramago Café.

Saramago Café is part of the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street. You can enjoy these tasty fritters on the vegetarian café’s sunny roof terrace…on the few days a year that it’s actually warm enough to go outside.

18. Macaroni pie and chips at Old Salty’s.

This cosy café in Finnieston isn’t your average chippy: its modern dining area with exposed stonework is a stylish place to enjoy a freshly made, carbohydrate filled macaroni pie brimming with tangy cheddar cheese.

19. The Witchfynder General bagel at Where The Monkey Sleeps.

Chorizo, smoked cheese, chicken, spring onion and chilli mayo. Get in my face.

20. Rare roast beef, beetroot and horseradish salad at Kember & Jones.

If you’re craving the flavours of a roast dinner in a slightly healthier format then you should definitely try this colourful, tasty salad from Kember & Jones, an elegant deli café and cookware shop on Byres Road.

21. Candied hazelnut doughnuts with a white chocolate and tonka bean dip at Drygate Brewhouse.

As well as producing a range of unusual ales and interesting IPAs, Drygate Brewery have also created these incredible white chocolate doughnuts that will make even the burliest, beardiest real ale fan CRY TEARS OF UTTER JOY.

Thanks, Drygate.