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
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Mardi Michels
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Serves: 2-4
A one-pan breakfast that’s easy to customize depending on what’s on hand!
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

Result?

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!

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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.

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

93 thoughts on “Cookware review and giveaway: Mark McEwan by GreenPan”

  1. 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. 😉

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

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  3. 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!!

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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

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  7. 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 🙂

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  8. 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! 🙂
    Katelyn

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

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

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  11. 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!

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

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  13. 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.

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