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Cookware review and giveaway: Mark McEwan by GreenPan

If you can believe it, I’ve never had to buy an entire cookware set in my life. When I moved to Canada, I left my sad collection of pots and pans in my flat in Paris and inherited Neil’s (mostly) Paderno cookware which I’ve been happily using now for years, supplemented with a few other different brands of pans to round out the collection. So when I was invited to try out an 11 piece Mark McEwan by GreenPan Kitchen Essentials cookware set, I was pretty keen. Since now my cookware is a collection of different brands, I was interested to try out a set all from the same manufacturer – in the case, GreenPan.  Mark McEwan has collaborated with GreenPan to develop a collection of cookware using a range of different technologies for cooking together in one collection. Every piece has a specific use and in each case there is a specific technology to best  fit that need. The collection includes stainless steel, hard anodized aluminium with Thermolon™ healthy ceramic non-stick coating and cast iron. You can check out the range on The Shopping Channel.

Mark McEwan for GreenPan 11 piece Essentials set on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve spent most of the weekend cooking using these pans and have been very happy with the results.  Of course, I knew I’d love the stainless steel pans…

Using McEwan by GreenPan 5L Stainless Steel Stock Pot on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut it’s the hard anodized aluminium frying pans with Thermolon™ healthy ceramic non-stick coating that I’ve been the most impressed with.  I figured a great way to test the “non stick” ability would be to make a rolled omelette. I used the 9.5″ pan for that.

Making omelette in McEwan by GreenPan 9inch hard anodized frying pan on eatlivetravelwrite.comRolled omelette in McEwan by GreenPan 9inch Hard Anodized Open Fry Pan on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe ceramic coating is super slick (it does take a little getting used to, it’s SO non-stick!) but it helped me make two perfect rolled omelettes this weekend.  The larger sized pan (11″) did a great job with some peppers I was stir frying…

Using McEwan by GreenPan 11 inch Hard Anodized Covered Skillet on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese pans are a breeze to clean too – a quick wipe with paper towels was all they needed for these relatively no-mess dishes – otherwise hot soapy water is fine but they are also dishwasher safe.  They are suitable for all stove tops, excluding induction (there is a handy chart on the bottom of each pan in this collection showing what stove tops they work with) and are also oven and broiler safe – Thermolon™ has an industry-leading heat tolerance of 850°F/450°C.

As I have a fridge full of bits and pieces, as one does at the end of a long weekend, I figured that a frittata would be a great Monday-feels-like-Sunday dinner and would also be a good test for the pans under the broiler.  I don’t have a pan I really like to use for frittata – they never really come out clean so I end up serving them in the pan at the table which is fine but takes up a lot of room and sometimes you don’t want a scalding pan on your table, right? I like to take a frittata on a cutting board and serve it like a cake but my current pans don’t always allow that. I figured this would be a great pan for this purpose and I wasn’t wrong.

Roasting potatoes for breakfast frittata on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat do you do when you have ONE potato left in the house? Cube it, par-boil it and fry it up in bacon fat…

The add it to a one-pan breakfast frittata!

Making omelette in McEwan by GreenPan 9inch hard anodized fryingpan on eatlivetravelwrite.com

One-pan breakfast frittata

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

A one-pan breakfast that's easy to customize depending on what's on hand!

Yields 2-4


  • 1 medium potato, diced fairly small
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach (about 1 cup, packed)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the broiler to high (mine reads 450˚F).
  2. Place the diced potato in a small saucepan of salted water, bring to the boil and cook until tender (about 7 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in the GreenPan 9.5” hard anodized open fry pan over medium-high heat.
  4. When the bacon is crispy, remove from the pan and drain off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
  5. Drain the potatoes well and add them to the fry pan with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  6. Sauté over medium-high heat until golden and crispy.
  7. Remove potatoes from the fry pan and add the onion and sauté until just starting to soften, around 3 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes and spinach to the fry pan and cook until the spinach just starts to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  9. Add the bacon and potatoes back to the fry pan and give everything a good stir, distributing all the ingredients evenly across the pan.
  10. Pour the beaten eggs evenly over the bacon and vegetables, making sure to shake the pan gently to distribute the egg evenly. Use a rubber spatula to make sure the egg is coating the bottom of the pan.
  11. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  12. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 3 minutes, lifting the edges of the egg from time to time with the rubber spatula to let the uncooked egg flow underneath.
  13. Cover and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, until the top of the frittata is just set.
  14. Remove lid and place frypan under broiler on the centre rack (i.e. not too close) for approximately 2 minutes until the top is nicely golden brown.
  15. Slide the frittata onto a cutting board or serving plate.



Breakfast frittata on eatlivetravelwrite.comBreakfast frittata slice on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe pan did a great job of allowing me to slide the frittata out onto a cutting board to serve like a cake! Nice!

 A GreenPan giveaway!

Thanks to the folks at The McEwan Group, I have one GreenPan Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon to give away to one lucky Canadian resident.

GreenPan Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon

The GreenPan™ Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon™ is a fundamental set of frying pans for any kitchen since they offer stovetop-to-oven versatility and are heat resistant to 450ºC or 850ºF.  This set includes both 8″ and 10″ non-stick fry pans coated with Thermolon™, a patented, natural, ceramic non-stick coating that will not release toxic fumes, blister or peel. Thermolon™ provides incredible non-stick performance and is more abrasion-resistant than traditional polymer-based non-stick coatings, making cleanup a breeze—simply wipe pans with a damp cloth. 
How to enter:

There are 2 ways to enter (maximum of two entries per person for the duration of the contest).

1. Leave me a comment on this post telling me the first thing you’d make with your non-stick frying pans.

2. Tweet the following message: Win a set of GreenPan non-stick frying pans endorsed by @Chef_MarkMcEwan on @eatlivtravwrite (Canada only) http://bit.ly/Sc1RSO then come back to leave a second comment letting me know you did.

Eligibility and contest rules:

– Open to Canadian residents only.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winner will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Monday May 26th after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Tuesday May 27th.
– The prize consists of of one GreenPan Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon.

Good luck!


Disclosure: I received an 11 piece Mark McEwan by GreenPan Kitchen Essentials cookware set for review purposes. I have not been further compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own.


Congratulations to Donna who won my KitchenAid Canada/ Chef Lynn Crawford giveaway. I’ve emailed you!

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93 Responses to Cookware review and giveaway: Mark McEwan by GreenPan

  1. Mr. Neil May 20, 2014 at 08:15 #

    Well now Mardi makes it sound like we have a hodgepodge of pots and pans. But after my initial Paderno set, I got another set of Paderno Professional. That has since been supplemented with individual pieces from Cuisinart, Calphalon and Le Crueset. Not exactly pauper’s cookware. 😉

  2. Erin Ellis May 20, 2014 at 08:39 #

    The first thing I would make are my cheesy tomato hashbrowns! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  3. Gen May 20, 2014 at 08:43 #

    Oh the things I would make with a set of those pans, but an omelette sounds perfect, especially with all the fresh produce that is starting to come in.

    Love your blog, great contest!!

  4. Catherine May 20, 2014 at 09:07 #

    Great review and beautiful cookware. The frittata looks delish!! Blessings, Catherine

  5. Christine May 20, 2014 at 09:56 #

    So loved reading this as Breakfast is a big hit with the family! Omelettes are usually at the top of the menu. Since I’ve never made a “One-pan breakfast frittata” this I will make!

  6. Marsha D Manson May 20, 2014 at 10:03 #

    Just what I need. another set of great cookware.

  7. Kelly Aija Zemnickis May 20, 2014 at 10:03 #

    Tweet tweeted! What a lovely line… Would love it for my new home!!

  8. Taylor Fladgate May 20, 2014 at 10:04 #

    I need another set of cookware for the house.

  9. Laurel May 20, 2014 at 10:05 #

    I am really keen to try these Green pans. It seems as though most nonstick coatings get damaged so easily. I’ve heard these perform so much better.

  10. Marsha d Manson May 20, 2014 at 10:07 #

    I tweeted about the contest.

  11. Marsha D Manson May 20, 2014 at 10:08 #

    I tweeted about the giveaway thank you.

  12. Taylor Fladgate May 20, 2014 at 10:11 #

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  13. Adrienne Soltau May 20, 2014 at 10:37 #

    Hi Mark, I would make a pork schnitzel dinner with red cabbage and spaetzle.

  14. Jessica George May 20, 2014 at 10:39 #

    Honestly speaking, probably the first that that would get made in these pans in our house is a Grilled Cheese sandwich – a classic favourite!

    • Jessica George May 20, 2014 at 10:41 #

      And I just tweeted about this contest too! Great giveaway!

  15. Sean Neild May 20, 2014 at 11:08 #

    I tweeted!!

  16. Colleen May 20, 2014 at 11:15 #

    I’d make your frittata recipe! It looks fantastic. 🙂

  17. deborah May 20, 2014 at 11:51 #

    i would throw a going away dinner for my roommate and cook his favourite dish – my mom’s amazing italian bolognese sauce with fresh pasta. Then I’d send him out the door with all my old pots and pans that said mom bought me way WAY back when i was in university 🙂

  18. Arjun Rudra May 20, 2014 at 11:53 #

    scrambled eggs

  19. Arjun Rudra May 20, 2014 at 11:54 #

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/ArjunRudra1/status/468781633160499200

  20. Alex May 20, 2014 at 12:01 #

    I’d make a mediterranean pasta with a new set of pans, as well as I shot a tweet off too.

  21. Natalie May 20, 2014 at 13:31 #

    I’d probably make a chicken breast smothered in mushrooms!

  22. Natalie May 20, 2014 at 13:31 #

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/OceanScented/status/468806209286307840

  23. Katelyn May 20, 2014 at 14:22 #

    I would have to make omelets for my husband and myself! We love having our eggs in the morning and a non-stick pan would be so helpful! 🙂

  24. Mr. Magicguy May 20, 2014 at 14:54 #

    First thing I would make is steaks

  25. Mr. Magicguy May 20, 2014 at 14:54 #

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  26. Irene May 20, 2014 at 15:01 #

    I would definitely be Dessert Pizza we made with Chef Mark to bring home the win at the Ulinary Showdown!!!

  27. Irene May 20, 2014 at 15:02 #

    I have tweeted!!!

  28. kathy May 20, 2014 at 18:41 #

    I would make an omelet that would slide perfectly out of the pan, unlike some previous attempt!

  29. Zosia May 20, 2014 at 18:54 #

    I would make a batch of chocolate crêpes, the kind that stick to just about every pan I’ve tried!

  30. Mark May 20, 2014 at 18:55 #

    I would definitely want to try making that rolled omelette, especially if it’s going to be so non-stick

  31. maria May 20, 2014 at 19:47 #

    Maybe some pancakes!

  32. maria May 20, 2014 at 19:50 #

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/spazss/status/468900984056741888

  33. Jonnie May 20, 2014 at 21:22 #

    I would make some cheesy scrambled eggs

  34. Alan May 20, 2014 at 22:32 #

    I’ll definitely sear off a beautiful duck breast till medium rare; sautéed field mushrooms, truffle essence and garden herbs… Some nice lightly garlic baguette! Just know GreenPan will finish the job!

  35. Monica May 20, 2014 at 22:36 #

    I have tweeted about these fantastic pans. The recipe is a keeper!

  36. Jess W. May 20, 2014 at 23:51 #

    Breakfast – eggs and hash!

  37. Jess W. May 20, 2014 at 23:54 #

    Also tweeted! @wherejessate

  38. Sunshine G May 21, 2014 at 00:53 #

    I’d make scrambled eggs and pancakes for breakfast!

  39. Sunshine G May 21, 2014 at 00:53 #


  40. Meghan A May 21, 2014 at 01:21 #

    I think I’d make a fancy upside-down pancake, that finishes in the oven 🙂

  41. Tracy May 21, 2014 at 03:07 #

    i’d make some french toast!

  42. Tracy May 21, 2014 at 03:09 #

    tweeted @daydreamsun3

  43. Fiona smith May 21, 2014 at 07:41 #

    Banana oatmeal blueberry pancakes is what I’d cook up. So fed up with them sticking to my crappy old pan! 🙂

  44. Chrik May 21, 2014 at 10:51 #

    I’d fry some chicken!

  45. Kathleen Davies May 21, 2014 at 14:03 #

    A mushroom omelette with organic pastured eggs from Chesterfield Farm! Yummm!!!

  46. Leanne P. May 21, 2014 at 15:38 #

    I’d make pancakes!

  47. brandon May 21, 2014 at 16:43 #

    I would cook an omlette!

  48. brandon May 21, 2014 at 16:44 #

    entered on twitter @jokerbrandon

  49. Kelly H May 21, 2014 at 22:01 #

    I would cook that yummy looking frittata ! Mmmmmm

  50. Kelly H May 21, 2014 at 22:01 #

    Posted on Twitter! @KellyH905

  51. suzi May 21, 2014 at 22:55 #

    I’d make myself an omelet with cheese and mushrooms (now I’m hungry just writing that!*lol*)

  52. Maggie May 21, 2014 at 23:42 #

    Frying pan pizza?!

  53. Ryan May 22, 2014 at 02:48 #

    i’d make steak!

  54. Ryan May 22, 2014 at 02:50 #

    tweeted @macthesilver

  55. Seanna May 22, 2014 at 17:51 #

    I would make a healthy breakfast for dinner of green eggs and ham for my three kiddos. It just seems appropriate!

  56. Seanna May 22, 2014 at 17:53 #

    And I have tweeted-thanks for the opportunity! 🙂 @Nutritionnaire

  57. Maegan delorme May 22, 2014 at 19:01 #

    I honestly think Id make the recipe you posted, looks awesome!

  58. Maegan delorme May 22, 2014 at 19:03 #

    Tweeted about this giveaway
    Link to tweet –> https://twitter.com/maegandelorme/status/469614292774682624

  59. Pamela May 22, 2014 at 20:20 #

    I will cook some omelette with mushroom and cheese. These cooking pans are very nice.

  60. Pamela May 22, 2014 at 20:22 #

    Have tweeted this giveaway.

  61. Rebby May 22, 2014 at 22:33 #

    The first thing I would make would be BACON!!

  62. Glogirl May 22, 2014 at 22:50 #

    The first thing I would make would be pancakes!

  63. Glogirl May 22, 2014 at 22:50 #

    Tweet~ http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/469671513579618304

  64. Amy C May 23, 2014 at 02:08 #

    I would make grilled cheese sandwiches

  65. Jeannelle May 23, 2014 at 10:46 #

    a delicious veggie/tofu stirfry!

  66. Jeannelle May 23, 2014 at 10:47 #

    I tweeted! @jhearts87

  67. loucheryl May 23, 2014 at 11:07 #

    I would make an cheddar cheese omelet!

  68. Michele peterson May 23, 2014 at 20:21 #

    I’d love to try making watercress fritters – a Guatemalan breakfast tradition!

  69. Doris H. May 24, 2014 at 00:15 #

    I would make a lovely omelet 🙂

  70. Doris H. May 24, 2014 at 00:17 #

    I tweeted this giveaway contest.

  71. Eldon May 24, 2014 at 02:07 #

    I would make potato pancakes

  72. Eldon May 24, 2014 at 02:08 #

    I tweeted @eldolai

  73. Carol M May 24, 2014 at 13:38 #

    I would make an omelet

  74. suzi May 24, 2014 at 15:22 #

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/JustPlainSuzi/status/470283509672587264

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  75. Sandra May 25, 2014 at 00:51 #

    The first thing I’d make with the pan is just a simple breakfast for myself that I make many mornings: spinach and cheese omelette.

  76. Sandra May 25, 2014 at 00:52 #

    I posted on twitter! https://twitter.com/sandyroohoo/status/470426692927102976

  77. Cassey C May 25, 2014 at 00:58 #

    I would make an omelette.

  78. Cassey C May 25, 2014 at 00:59 #

    Also tweeted @cassey48

  79. Tracey May 25, 2014 at 01:14 #

    I would make egg white omelettes.

  80. Tracey May 25, 2014 at 01:15 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/yyz_talk/status/470432881048027136

  81. Sheri Pawluk May 25, 2014 at 11:06 #

    I tweeted!

  82. Carol M May 25, 2014 at 15:01 #

    I tweeted


  83. angela m May 25, 2014 at 17:15 #

    The first thing I would make is eggs and bacon

  84. Andrew May 26, 2014 at 00:44 #

    I would use it to cook anything with eggs! From a simple fried egg to frittatas and more!

  85. Andrew May 26, 2014 at 00:45 #

    Tweeted from @_aneb


  86. Bons May 26, 2014 at 14:30 #

    I’d make a yummy breakfast with omelette, bacon and sausage!

  87. Bons May 26, 2014 at 14:34 #

    I tweeted, thanks!

  88. Areta May 26, 2014 at 15:02 #

    I would make apple crepes with my non-stick frying pan.

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