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The big pan theory

Every kitchen should have a big pan in it and every cook should learn the art of one-pan wonders.

A big pan is just so inviting, like open arms, it always has an extra serving for one more hungry soul. Especially now that I have teenagers, without any warning or notice they would bring a visitor to lunch. So, especially over weekends, I make pan-food. Whether it is a deliciously fragrant Spanish chicken and rice dish or a creamy chicken and mushroom stew.

If you really want to steal the children’s hearts, try a big pan full of fragrant mince and let them make their own Sloppy Joes!


Tinned food is a handy substitute if you have to make something in a hurry. So stock up on tinned tomatoes and beans and you can make this filling pork and bean stew in no time at all… Again, a one-pan wonder!

So next time you go to the shop, visit their catering equipment department and buy yourself a big old stainless steel pan… You can thank me later!

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Have a look at this step-by-step video to create Nina’s delicious brie chicken and olive one-pan wonder

Who is Nina Timm?

Nina Timm.resizeNot only is Nina a food stylist, photographer and chef, she is also a mother who understands that someone working full-time needs help in the kitchen. She gets that you are looking for recipes that are easy, affordable and delicious, exactly what inspired her to start Easy cooking from Nina’s kitchen. Nina also runs a successful cooking school, is a published author and travels across the country motivating her audience while teaching them to become better cooks.


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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