Nina Timm

Food editor, food stylist, photographer, chef and recipe developer at Nina's Kitchen
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


I am the owner and sole editor of the 2012 Eat Out Award-winning blog, My Easy Cooking. I cook, I style and I photograph every single day of my life. I run a cooking school for groups such as team building, birthday parties, friendship groups, domestic workers and children.
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Current employment

Owner of Nina's Kitchen Cooking School
Nina's Kitchen -
Present - Cape Town
I develop recipes, style and photograph food. Run a cooking school. Food writer Editor Motivational speaker


HOD Spesialized teaching
Year completed:1986
Education level:Honours
Institution:Stellenbosch University
Location:Stellenbosch, South Africa
Quick weeknight supper

Pasta Puttanesca literally translated as 'spaghetti in the style of a prostitute' is most probably the quickest pasta you will ever make (well, maybe my Pesto Pasta is quicker).

By Nina Timm 21 Apr 2016

From farm style to Afro chic

Vetkoek with lamb is as South African as braaivleis and the beloved Madiba. I think we all grew up with warm, spongy vetkoek stuffed with just about anything.

By Nina Timm 30 Mar 2016

Beef Short Ribs with Pomegranate

Lately, beef short ribs are all the rage. Smokey BBQ beef short ribs are the new thing when having a braai and lamb shanks are happily replaced by beef short ribs cooked for hours in red wine with earthy mushrooms and pancetta lardons...

By Nina Timm 25 Feb 2016

Ice cream sandwiches for my Valentine

Ice cream sandwiches are my Cupid's arrow this Valentine! And ice cream sandwiches don't only have to be for your kids you know. The flavour possibilities are endless and you can try anything from chocolate and banoffee to lemon creams with Mojito ice cream for the grown-ups.

By Nina Timm 12 Feb 2016

Street food in your own kitchen

Beef koftas, most definitely is the street one food I cannot resist: the intoxicating aroma of the meat grilling and then topping it with cool, tangy tzatziki.

By Nina Timm 5 Feb 2016

Easy, peasy pie

My mum will do anything and no effort is spared to bring her family and, yes, sometimes complete strangers, together around her table. She taught me that nothing is too much effort, if you can do, bake or be something for someone, just do it!

By Nina Timm 1 Jul 2014

Easy, yet flavourful Bangers and Mash

Sausage and Mash (or Bangers and Mash) is a meal that features quite often in our household, but I try to give it a different twist every time.

By Nina Timm 17 Jun 2014

Combating the cold

This is the time of year when it seems that everybody has the sniffles and certainly in my family we have all had a turn with a cold or, even worse, the flu.

By Nina Timm 27 May 2014

The big pan theory

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

By Nina Timm 20 May 2014

Winter warmers

Yup, winter is definitely here and I can feel Jack Frost nibbling at my nose at night and early mornings when I get up to get everything ready for school. It's the time of year when we start eating more stews and soups.

By Nina Timm 13 May 2014

Easy Cooking mussels

Mussels are often referred to as the poor man's shellfish because they are relatively cheap and plentiful. Prepared properly, they can be a meal for royalty, let alone a poor man!

By Nina Timm 11 Apr 2014

Oink oink - I'd love some pork!

I know I might shock the socks off some of you, but I love pork in any form, shape or size! I often say that my last meal before I depart to "higher grounds" will be a crisp pork belly with all the trimmings.

By Nina Timm 25 Mar 2014

This little piggy went to market

There are such amazing markets in and around Cape Town, and every market has its own unique flavour and atmosphere.

By Nina Timm 21 Feb 2014

Spice it up on Valentines's Day!

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and although I have made two delicious desserts, my better half will enjoy "man food", especially if it has a subtle hint of spice and heat.

By Nina Timm 13 Feb 2014

Easy Cooking in the month of love

February is indeed the month of love and since we have so much love to share, why limit it to Valentine's Day only?

By Nina Timm 3 Feb 2014

Easy Cooking with Nina Timm - back to school lunchboxes

It's a new year with 365 days full of promise and exciting possibilities. Here in my kitchen it is definitely going to be a year filled with much excitement. My first cookbook, 'Easy Cooking from Nina's Kitchen', will be on the shelves late February 2014.

By Nina Timm 28 Jan 2014

Iconic foodie brands

Everybody has an icon or hero; we have just survived the Justin Bieber tsunami and, for we old rockers, Bon Jovi brought new life to our nine-to-five exsistence. Middle-aged people stood in queues remembering days when life was carefree and wild. Burger King just landed in South Africa and everyone rushed off to sink their teeth into a giant Whoopie Burger.

By Nina Timm 14 May 2013

Easy cheesy cooking

This Friday is the beginning of the annual SA Cheese Festival at Sandringham Farm. I have been cooking up a storm at this festival for the last couple of years and it really is a feast not to miss. This year, the Friday programme has been extended to 10pm to accommodate people who work till late and also due to popular demand. So please drop by and cook or eat along.

By Nina Timm 22 Apr 2013

My sweet Easter indulgence

Chocolate and Easter go hand-in-hand and magazines, food blogs and websites are bursting out of their seams with recipes containing the four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

By Nina Timm 27 Mar 2013

Home-made easy cooking

Home-made yoghurt - why would anyone want to make it if the shelves are filled with all sorts of yoghurt? Low-fat, full cream, low sugar, real fruit, flavoured - phew, the choices are endless.

By Nina Timm 12 Mar 2013

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