What do you put on your toast in the morning? From butter or cream cheese to an assortment of jams and jellies, smothering bread with your favorite condiment is a simple task for most, but for Japanese designer Manami Sasaki, making toast is a time to slow down and get creative. Every morning since she’s been in lockdown, she’s been using slices of bread as her canvas to create incredible breakfasts that look too pretty to eat.
Taking inspiration from Japanese traditions, Sasaki created a zen garden-inspired piece of toast art, featuring sour cream for the base that was “raked” with a fork to mimic patterned sand. Matcha powder was used to represent moss, while macadamia nuts and walnuts were artfully placed to look like rocks. Sasaki also created toast inspired by Kintsugi—the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. The thoughtful food artist filled the “cracks” of the bread with edible gold leaf.
Sasaki often posts before and after photos, revealing how the toast art changes after it’s been grilled. For one flower-inspired design, the artist used margarine for the petals, which subtly melted away after being toasted. No matter the theme or ingredients, Sasaki’s culinary creativity knows no bounds.
Scroll down to see some of Sasaki’s toast art and follow her on Instagram for more. When she’s not making toast, Sasaki creates watercolor illustrations. You can buy her paintings printed on t-shirts and tote bags here.