Frittata Two Ways + New Zealand

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

78 Comments

  • 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!! :)
  • 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
  • Soooooouuuu happy for you guys!!! :))
  • 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
  • Hanna
    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 :-)
  • Congratulations! 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.
  • 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. www.globalspicedblog.tumblr.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aurelia
    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, Aurelia
    • Hi Aurelia, thank for letting us know. I have fixed the broken link now. Here is a direct link to it: http://www.greenkitchenmarket.com/green-kitchen-market/melbourne-cooking-event-2015 Hope to see you there! David & Luise
      • aurelia
        Whoohooo!! (happy-dancing around the loungeroom like a mad woman!!) Booking sorted. Many thanks :) Aurelia
  • 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.
  • These look great! We're planning a trip to NZ sometime soon, to visit family in Auckland. Any recommendations?
    • Katie
      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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jo
    Congratulations! Would you be willing to share where you got that beautiful ring?
  • Mmmm such a colourful breakfast. Love how packed with veggies it is!
  • Gina
    Congrats on the engagement! What was it that changed your mind on marriage?
  • You´r such a beautiful family, gosh!!! And beautiful fritatta muffins by the way.... :) Regards from Lisbon!
  • 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.
  • 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

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