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Q + A with smoothie artist Sabine Timm

When did you start making cute stuff with food?

It began in my childhood. I wasn’t a “good eater” and preferred playing with the things on my plate instead of eating them. Professionally I started creating art with food in 2008, when my son was little.

What attracted you to making art this way?

Food should not only satisfy but also be a feast for the eye! A dinner is a sensual thing – we have to smell, taste, look at and touch it. Why aren’t we allowed to play with all these wonderful things before eating them?

What inspired your smoothie people? Do you have names?

Special characteristics led the way to the complete little smoothie guy. The squirrel was born because I bought these funny baby bananas and they made me think of a squirrel’s bushy tail. I constantly imagine little faces on everything. I think there is a little soul in many objects – we just have to tickle it until it wakes. But I don’t give names. That would make it impossible to eat them.

What inspires you?

Kids inspire me! They are the best teachers on how to look at the wonderful world around us. I love making drawings and collages as much as creating cardboard characters. My huge collection of finds and inspiring stuff is also an endless source for my ideas.

Are you a foodie or do you just like to create art with food?

I love delicious food and I love creating! Nothing better than to combine both passions.

What does your family think of your work?

They are my best clients! My son, my husband and also our dog Lucy are big fans of my creations.




Makes 1 cup

• 1 Fuyu persimmon, chopped

• 3/4 cup frozen blackberries

• 1/2 cup almond milk

• 2 ice cubes

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• pinch of cinnamon

1. Pop all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.



Makes 1 cup

• 1/2 cup pineapple, including the core*

• 1/2 cup ripe banana

• 1 tbsp avocado

• 1/4 cup coconut cream or coconut yoghurt

• 1/4 tsp vanilla

1. Pop all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy.



Makes 1 cup

• 1 cup pear

• 1 kiwifruit, peeled

• 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• 2 mint leaves

• 1/2 cup water

• ice, for serving

1. Pop all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Serve over ice.


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