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Frittata Two Ways + New Zealand

After a month of winding roads, lush mountains, unbelievably turquoise lakes and sheep covered hills we are now in Melbourne. Our little campervan adventure on New Zealand sure was pretty unreal. We had the most beautiful and magical nature experiences combined with all the crazy shit that happens when you cram two adults, a 4-year old and a baby inside a minivan (why didn’t anyone warn us that there is no storage space in those vans…). But it was all fun! And right there, in between two car seats, a bag of dirty laundry, a floor covered in spilled out chia seeds and a fire larm that constantly was playing tricks on us, this happened! (PS. forget everything I might have said previously about getting married.)

We also had two breakfast events at Little Bird Organics in Auckland. We had so much fun, thank you to everyone that came!



One of our favourite things with the trip was to stop at the small farm shops with honesty boxes along the road and pick up homegrown boysenberries, vegetables, manuka honey and eggs. It was really fun and challenging to cook in our mini campervan kitchen. We basically only had one frying pan, one pot, one mixing bowl and a knife.

Most mornings and evenings on the south island were pretty cold so we started the day with warm oat porridge and ended it with warm turmeric milk and star watching. On our dinner repertoire was improvised curries, farmer’s frittatas, bean & quinoa salads and simple rye bread sandwiches.

This is a little video we did on the road. We cooked a frittata only using produce that we got from the local farmers. Even the sheep’s feta cheese was handmade by one of the farmers. Click here to read the full recipe on our youtube channel.

We are in such a good mood today that we wanted to give you two recipes for the price of one! So we are also sharing our Root & Spinach Frittata Muffins here below.



These frittata muffins are pretty useful and really uncomplicated to make. You just fill up muffin cups with whatever vegetables and cheese you prefer, top them with beaten eggs and bake. Here we have made them using roasted roots, goat’s cheese and spinach. Sure, it’s an extra step to roast the roots but it is definitely worth it, as they add a delicately sweet flavour and nice texture. The proportions in these frittatas are heavy on the vegetables because that is how we roll. If you are in a rush you can also just add some raw tomatoes, spinach and broccoli instead of the roots.

Root & Spinach Frittata Muffins
makes 12 muffins
We usually don’t measure any exact amounts when we roast roots. Just fill two baking sheets with diced roots and if you are lucky to get any leftovers, use them in a salad or on top of a sandwich. Next time I might also try adding a spoonful of mustard to the egg mixture, as it usually goes really well with roots.

1 small/medium sweet potato
4 small parsnips (350 g)
1/2 small butternut pumpkin
1-2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil or coconut oil
10 free-range eggs
3 sage leaves, finely chopped (+ more for garnish)
100 g goats cheese, crumbled
6 large spinach leaves, torn in pieces
sea salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Wash and peel all the vegetables, cut into cubes and place on a baking tray. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to cover. Roast in the the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, prepare the egg mixture. Remove the vegetables from the oven when done and leave the oven on.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease the pan with olive oil or coconut oil. Divide the roasted roots, spinach and cheese into each of the muffin tins. Pour over the egg mixture, let it sit for a minute to let the egg work its way into the tin. Brush a few sage leaves with a little oil and garnish each muffins with one leave. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until the egg mixture is just set. Ready to serve.
PS. We are having a few events in Melbourne and we’d love to see you there.
1. We will be selling and signing books at Pressed Juices in South Yarra (286 Toorak Rd) on 14 Feb between 10am-12 pm (UPDATE: Note that we have changed to an earlier time to avoid the heatwave on Saturday). This is a free event so you can just show up, have a cold-pressed juice and a chat with us.
2. We are also doing a live cooking event (similar to what we did in Auckland) at the the awesome cafe Combi in Elwood on 23 & 24 Feb between 6.30-8.30 pm (same event on both days). We will talk about our approach to food and demonstrate six new and exclusive (and delicious!) breakfast recipes. There will be lots of tasting, handouts, Q&A time and information about the ingredients, as well as a delicious goodie bag filled with some of the finished recipes for you to enjoy at home.  Click here to get your tickets!


  1. Posted 8 Feb ’15 at 23:38 | #

    Congratulations on the engagement!! Exciting times! :)
    Your NZ road trip looked like a blast! You’ve probably been to more places in NZ than I have been now and I’ve lived here my whole life haha. I’m moving to Melbourne in May and cannot freaking wait! x

  2. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 00:01 | #

    I love how easy these are. Totally doable for weekday breakfasts. And I LOVE the addition of sage for this. I will definitely be trying this one ASAP.

  3. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 00:11 | #

    You´r such a beautiful family, gosh!!!
    And beautiful fritatta muffins by the way…. :)
    Regards from Lisbon!

  4. Gina
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 00:11 | #

    Congrats on the engagement! What was it that changed your mind on marriage?

  5. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 00:48 | #

    Mmmm such a colourful breakfast. Love how packed with veggies it is!

  6. Jo
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 01:10 | #

    Congratulations! Would you be willing to share where you got that beautiful ring?

  7. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 01:20 | #

    Congratulations Luise and David. I am thrilled for you. I myself didn’t care if I was married or not but you are right, the wedding party is so much fun. I would love to do it again. I have been following your trip to the Southern Hemisphere and I feel incredibly inspired by every single detail. Thank you for sharing and happy travels.

  8. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 01:24 | #

    Glad you had a great time on your minivan roadtrip. My partner and I didn’t the same thing last August, the nature is absolutely stunning isn’t it! I also really enjoyed the challenge of cooking on the tiny stove, the best meals were when we were able to have a small fire. Love your work guys!

  9. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 01:55 | #

    These look great! We’re planning a trip to NZ sometime soon, to visit family in Auckland. Any recommendations?

    • Katie
      Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 05:48 | #

      I am also planning a trip around NZ and would love to know the places you went to and loved, what you would do differently next time etc.

  10. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 02:01 | #

    What a beautiful video of my homeland, I am so glad you made it down here. I know exactly what you mean about getting adventurous in the small space of a minivan with 2 children. We did the same several years ago to travel to bottom of the south island where we had never been before.

  11. Aurelia
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 03:04 | #

    Hi @gkstories & @luisegreenkitchenstories,
    Stoked to know there are events already set up for feb 23rd & 24th here in Melbourne. The link to get tickets however is broken, coming up with a “we couldn’t find the page you were looking for” message. Can we call Combi direct to secure a booking? Don’t want to miss out.
    Thank you kindly,

  12. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 04:23 | #

    Hi David & Luise,

    Loved the video, super cute – your campervan was definitely one of the smaller ones, you did well with 4 of you in there! So lovely to meet you both in person and chat, thanks for all your tips Luise too, only a few more days and hopefully I’ll be able to utilise them all!

    Take care and talk soon.PS enjoy melbourne it’s a foodie mecca!

    x Buffy

  13. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 07:10 | #

    You guys! This video! Warming my heart with my morning coffee. Your family is so inspiring, so many people would think that you are crazy for going away with a small baby, I think it’s wonderful. I can’t even imagine the wonderful moments you have shared as a family, it’s really something beautiful. Oh and, congratulations! x

  14. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 07:31 | #

    Your fritatas look delicious and I would imagen they would be the perfect little dish to take with you for a little family trip into the country side.


  15. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 08:47 | #

    Your pictures look amazing. One day I will go to New Zealand too. I bought your new cookbook last summer, too bad I gave it to friend :) I will have to get a new one ASAP.

  16. Hanna
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 09:13 | #

    Hi lovely family, what a wonderful post with funny words, stunning pictures and a heart warming video. Thank you for sharing your (real life) moments with us :-)

  17. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 09:36 | #

    Huge congrats on the engagement!
    We absolutely love the video you made. Watching it makes us want go travel even more. Luckily we’re going to Japan in just 3 months :-)

    x Camilla and Mikkel

  18. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 09:48 | #

    Soooooouuuu happy for you guys!!! :))

  19. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 09:56 | #

    What a great experience you are doing! And watching at your video, I only hope to be a part of a family like yours in the future <3

  20. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 10:06 | #

    The recipe looks amazing and congratulations on the engagement! I absolutely adore the video, it reminds me so much of my childhood. My parents would take me and my siblings on roadtrips in a camper van, all the while preparing simple but delicious meals for us on the road. Good times, I´m sure your children will cherish those memories! Greetings from Germany!! :)

  21. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 10:14 | #

    Oh how I loved your video! It made want to go camping right away. These kinds of simple frittatas are my favorites to make for weekend breakfast but I haven’t tried to make them in muffin cups. So that’s my next thing to try. Also congrats on the engagement, and it’s a gorgeous ring!

  22. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 10:22 | #

    Beautiful! Those frittatas are like little mini veggie floral bouquets :)

  23. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 12:32 | #

    Oh my lord, this looks so tasty! I love how you inspirer with your great green recipes! Thank you for that!



  24. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 12:44 | #

    OMG this is all too beautiful!! New Zeland looks like a lovely place <3
    LOVE your videos and your blogs!! You have such a beautiful little family.


  25. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 13:13 | #

    How exciting, congratulations you guys! I’m also curious to know what changed your mind about marriage. ;-) And your video is amazing, I’m impressed how you manage your trip with two little ones with such ease. Enjoy Australia!

  26. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 13:23 | #

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family. <3

  27. Cristina Gallego
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 14:31 | #

    Dear Luise and David,
    Just to let you know, how amazing you both are, I could be writting here for long, explaining you my eating disorder and my stomach problems due to ISB, but is important for me just to let you know how grateful I feel to you two, reading your blogs, recipes and adventures, has helped me a lot, change my way of thinking on how to live and enjoy life, although at the moment I live in Copenhagen,(I am from Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands), therefore feel free to come and visit us any time to the island, I am sure you will also like it there, Nature comes to meet us, and make us part of its environment…

    lots of love,

  28. Kate
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 14:59 | #

    Lovely!! Enjoy your stay over there! And congratulations on the proposal. My husband and I have been together for 22 years and married for 11 (we both turned 40 last year). I can tell you that we don’t regret having taken that step. But I need not tell you that the crown on our relationship wasn’t the wedding (party), it’s our 2 lovely sons of 10 and 7 years old. It’s for those 3 wonderful men in my life that I’ve been cooking fresh & healthy food for the last 10 years (and because it makes me happy too – thanks for your help by the way; I own both your cookbooks and they’re not only gorgeous, they also deliver (the quantities mentioned in your recipes have always been accurate; I own over 100 cookbooks so I know it can be a problem, especially when you want to bake…)).
    I wish the 4 of you all the happiness in the world. And a safe trip home.:-)

  29. leni
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 15:49 | #

    this has been the most inspiring video i have seen for a long time – seriously.

    i just want to thank you guys so much for keeping me inspired and hopeful. because of you i often get the feeling that everything is possible.

    besides your recipes always bring a delightful new taste into my kitchen. furthermore i have inspired my whole family with your recipes and even my little sister, who absolutely hates veggies, likes them. thanks a lot!
    and last but not least: CONGRATULATIONS!

  30. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 17:29 | #

    Your pictures are so inspiringly beautiful!! I also agree with the commenter above that the frittatas look like mini veggie floral bouquets :)

  31. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 17:41 | #

    Biggest congratulations for the engagement! But were you sure she’s going to say yes?;))) With two kids it’s the perfect time to get married;) (I got engaged before we had kids, now we have two, the younger one just a little older than Isac, but we’re still not married … )

  32. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 18:31 | #

    Frittata in a family van, in New Zealand, fun and wholly dreamy, thank you for sharing and enjoy the rest of your trip.

  33. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 19:29 | #

    What an awesome video! Very, very cool and the landscape in New Zealand looks to die for. I’ve been enjoying your pics on instagram so to see it all in a little youtube clip is extra special. Thanks for sharing your adventures and beautiful food with us.

  34. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 19:50 | #

    You guys are such an inspiration with every recipe, project, video or photograph! I love the mini frittatas, they include all my favorite ingredients!

  35. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 19:50 | #

    Wow, this sky looks unreal. So beautiful. New Zealand was in my plans but when I see your pics and video It’s going on top of the list! Thanks for the recipes, beautiful and so special that always send me right in the kitchen! sending out warm thoughts!

  36. The Occidental Vegan
    Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 21:56 | #

    They look delicious. Will have to find a egg substitute; however, the simplicity is wonderful.

  37. Posted 9 Feb ’15 at 22:06 | #

    That picture of the stars is awesome!!! I want it framed!!! And congratulations!!!!

  38. Posted 10 Feb ’15 at 01:04 | #

    Everything you touch is so beautiful and inspiring! Thank you guys for another gorgeous post. I am an adventurer at heart too and have just loved following this trip of yours! And YAY MARRIAGE! Ah I could not be happier for you both!

  39. Megan
    Posted 10 Feb ’15 at 05:19 | #

    I love Elsa’s strawberry stained cheeks! My little boys are the same way, I need to hide fruit if I want to have any!!

  40. Posted 10 Feb ’15 at 05:53 | #

    I have so been enjoying your instagram feed. It looks like you are having the time of your lives in New Zealand and Australia. Keep it up, guys! you are so inspiring. And love the recipes!

  41. Posted 10 Feb ’15 at 06:01 | #

    congratulations! such a beautiful video too. so lovely to see a little slice of nz through someone else’s eyes.

  42. Julia
    Posted 10 Feb ’15 at 12:01 | #

    Hey David and Luise, the NZ pics look gorgeous and unreal. Would you please share where you rented the campervan? Would you make another choice this time? I’m planning to travel NZ with my boyfriend and baby soon…
    Thanks a lot!

    Greetings from Germany!

  43. Alyssa
    Posted 11 Feb ’15 at 01:33 | #

    Love the video and the recipes. Making the frittata tonight. Would you be willing to share your recipe for warm turmeric milk. I am just starting to learn about the health benefits of turmeric. Thanks!

  44. Liz B
    Posted 11 Feb ’15 at 14:09 | #

    Looks great guys!! I love Luisa’s grin and goofing around in the van ;)!! Looks like you’re having a blast! Love and happy times for you! xx Liz

  45. Posted 11 Feb ’15 at 20:21 | #

    This recipe looks great, will be making it asap. Just wanted to say how inspired I am by your latest book! I am a photographer and training to be a naturopathic nutritionist and you guys have it all wrapped up right here. And.. Huge congratulations on your engagement!!

  46. Anna
    Posted 12 Feb ’15 at 10:24 | #

    Have found amazing inspiration on your beautiful blog and you have inspired me to start a healthier life together with my family. Thank you so much! Was wondering if you could provide more specific information about the vitamins and minerals as well as other supplements that Louise posted that she takes regularly (brand name and product name). I understand that every person is different and requires different amounts and varieties of supplements but it would provide a very useful direction of what to check out more carefully :-). Would be greatly appreciated as this market is such a jungle… Keep enjoying your trip! All the best, Anna

  47. Posted 12 Feb ’15 at 15:05 | #

    Super amazing photos!! Specially the one of the sky, looks so unreal! Awesome frittata muffins recipe too :) Definitely worth trying!

  48. Posted 13 Feb ’15 at 15:41 | #

    Beautiful post and blog guys! Please check your email for the message I just sent you. Looking forward to speaking with you!

  49. Posted 14 Feb ’15 at 13:39 | #

    Geez! Reading this makes me wanna jump to the kitchen already! I’d love to have your kinda adventure one of these days! Thanks for the recipe link!

  50. Posted 14 Feb ’15 at 19:40 | #

    I loved the video and the frittata looks delicious!

  51. Posted 15 Feb ’15 at 11:30 | #

    I love the video. It’s beautiful. I miss traveling with van :)

  52. Posted 15 Feb ’15 at 16:08 | #

    A road trip looks like so much fun with you two (or should I say four). AsI sit at home with a blizzard going on outside, this video helped warm things up just a bit. Thank you for that.

  53. Esther
    Posted 15 Feb ’15 at 22:27 | #

    Hi dear gkstories, you mentioned drinking warm turmeric milk in the evenings… can you please post a recipe you use for this? I would love to know what kind of milk you are using for this. Does it help for better sleep? Thanks so much for your wonderful inpiring book/blog- the pictures, the stories, the information… and congrats to the engagement;)

  54. laura
    Posted 16 Feb ’15 at 12:55 | #

    I made this in the weekend and its really good! I love your blog, I am allready 16 years vegetarian and its nice to see all these good recipies! I also bought your book and I can’t wait to make everything!

  55. Dina
    Posted 16 Feb ’15 at 16:57 | #

    Made the Frittata muffins last night. They were Delicious!!!! Thank you for the recipe!!! We are going to make them as part of a Birthday brunch for our daughter, she will be 3 next month. She Loved them (we put her favorite veggies in). Thank you Very much for the inspiration that you add to our meals!!!

  56. Posted 17 Feb ’15 at 19:37 | #

    this is a beautiful looking recipe and i am definately going to have to try this out as soon as possible.it looks so yummy thanks for sharing

  57. Posted 17 Feb ’15 at 20:13 | #

    Delicious fritatta and beautiful photos.

  58. Ana Sanchez
    Posted 19 Feb ’15 at 12:11 | #

    Hello, I am new to your blog, and I’ve really impressed with your work! Great site, photography and the recipes look absolutely amazing! I was wondering how do u come up with these recipes? what’s the process? Any have books or site that inspire you the most? I am interested in creating my own recipes – healthy and simple.

    Any tips of advice will be greatly appreciated.

  59. Posted 19 Feb ’15 at 23:06 | #

    The video is just unreal!Love you guys :)

  60. Posted 22 Feb ’15 at 12:14 | #

    Wow! It looks like you had such a wonderful little adventure Such memories your little ones will have from these times. I’m also admiring your ability to cook such wonderful food in the back of a camper. Amazing!

  61. Clare
    Posted 24 Feb ’15 at 22:27 | #

    Tonight I made root vegetable frittatas for dinner, purchased Green Kitchen Travels on Amazon and am now drinking turmeric milk. Thank you for your endless inspiration.

  62. Suzanne
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 19:58 | #

    Just made these…so easy and delicious! Next time I would use parchment paper or muffin liners, these buggers were a little hard to get out at the bottom even using oil. Delicious nonetheless!!

  63. DKennedy
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 20:41 | #

    Just made these and they were outstanding. It prompted me to buy the kindle version of your newest book, Green Kitchen Travels. Can’t wait to spend the day with it.

  64. Katy
    Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 20:05 | #

    The link for the Quinoa Pancakes seems to be going to the Frittata two ways recipe. Am I doing something wrong?

  65. Posted 2 Mar ’15 at 09:59 | #

    Congrats on the engagement!! I’ve been dying over all the photos of your trip on Instagram – definitely putting NZ on the top of my “places to visit soon” list. Also, the frittatas were super delicious and easy to make! Except mine got all shriveled at the bottom when I cooked them in a muffin pan, any tips on how to avoid that?

  66. Posted 9 Mar ’15 at 16:38 | #

    This is such a simple and easy idea. I love it! I might try a pea, feta and mint version.

  67. Posted 15 Mar ’15 at 17:22 | #

    A very simple recipe. Good for my son. He loves egg but hates vegetables. Hope by combining the two, this would make him eat vegetables.

  68. Dorte
    Posted 30 Mar ’15 at 15:45 | #

    Congrats! If the great occasion inspires a book called Green Kitchen Weddings, sign me up for a copy right now!

    x Dorte

  69. Tim
    Posted 3 Jul ’15 at 15:22 | #

    You guys have talked about in the past using all of your savings for your great vacations. I’m trying to do the same, but am having a hard time getting over the fears of doing such. How do you guys reconcile those fears and just go for it? Your trips always look wonderful!

  70. Posted 12 Nov ’15 at 15:54 | #

    Beautiful, fast, easy recipe! I’m writing a post about cooking with whole foods on my blog, and I’d like to share this with full credit. Please let me know if that’s alright with you! Thanks!

  71. Sarah T
    Posted 25 Nov ’15 at 20:26 | #

    How old was your baby when you did this trip? My husband and I are considering a similar trip with a small baby next year.



  72. Posted 6 Jan ’16 at 08:27 | #

    What a beautiful location and yummy food!
    I would really love to book my next holidays on to that side of the world. It would be great to try the local food

  73. molla
    Posted 11 Feb ’16 at 04:43 | #

    I just read about your amazing adventure and I really envy you guys:) David, you’ve mentioned that you have barely used your DSLR camera, but I’m just curious to know what have you used to take these gorgeous pictures above?

    • Posted 11 Feb ’16 at 12:42 | #

      Hi Molla, I have taken the food photos with my DSLR (and the photo of the stars) but the smaller photos from New Zealand were all taken with my iPhone.

  74. Posted 12 May ’16 at 14:28 | #

    Love these colourful pictures. All these have a live&taste feeling. Good luck!

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