The line between food and art has been blurred for some time now, and Instagram doesn’t make things any easier. Take, for instance, Hazel Zakariya’s Instagram page. Portraying food art at its finest, the New Zealand-based creative takes her inspiration from a surprising source: smoothies.
“It all started with a happy accident,” admitted Zakariya in an interview with Vogue. “I was trying to garnish my soup with coconut cream swirls, but it didn’t turn out as planned, so I added some pesto and created a tree.”
As a base, she uses breakfast smoothies made from cream, milk, fruits, and berries, while the paintings themselves require coconut cream, almond milk, spices, herbs, and vegetable powders. “I love getting into creative projects in my spare time,” she went on to say. “It’s a great mindfulness practice and a way of expressing myself, challenging my skills, and creating something that is unique.”
And boy are her creations unique. Portraying anything from cartoon characters to iconic movie scenes, her smoothies are both remarkable and appetizing. But they might just be too pretty to eat!