Base smoothie: Banana, butterfly pea flower powder, ginger, almond milk, coconut yoghurt, spirulina, spinach; On top: Coconut cream, activated coconut charcoal, mesquite powder, cacao & carob syrup, spirulina, turmeric
If you’re creative enough, art can be made anywhere. Over the past year, we’ve seen artists transform otherwise ordinary meals into spectacular works of food art. From cakes to lattes, these edible creations make a strong case for why you should play with your food. Malaysian maker Hazel Zakariya is one of the latest foodies to wow us with her unconventional visuals; rather than a canvas, she “paints” striking scenes across her smoothie bowls.
Using natural ingredients like turmeric, blue matcha, and activated charcoal, Zakariya forms detailed portraits of animals and characters from popular culture, such as the Night King from Game of Thrones. The amount of detail she's able to achieve—with just wooden skewers and a table knife—is awe-inspiring. Every bowl features subtle color changes and shading to give the painting a three-dimensional feel; you'd never expect that they were made with food stuffs. To add some extra pops of color, Zakariya garnishes each dish with small flowers.
With this level of skill and creativity, it seems like Zakariya must have a career in the arts—but surprisingly, that's not the case. A market analyst by day, she uses the art of food as her creative outlet. “I’ve rediscovered my love for painting and drawing.” she told Martha Stewart, “And it’s great to create art that is edible and tasty too. My husband and I share them as a treat.”
Hazel Zakariya celebrates the art of food with her amazing smoothie bowls that resemble traditional paintings.