When nutritionists say you need to have a balanced breakfast, I don’t think this is what they had in mind.
It’s called ‘Symmetry Breakfast’ and it’s a project by Michael Zee, wherein he creates extravagant breakfast dishes for his boyfriend Mark van Beek and arranges them in such a way that they mirror one another for an aesthetic feast that’s as delicious on the eyes as it is on their taste buds.
Michael says he’s not sure of the exact day the project was started. What he does know is that it began when him and Mark noticed that when set next to one another, their breakfasts were arranged symmetrically.
Like many self-proclaimed foodies, Michael snapped a photo and shared it on Instagram. One like turned into a dozen and as time went on, everyone started asking for more photos of their mouth-watering meals.
So much attention was drawn to the project that Michael decided to create a dedicated Instagram account. As of writing this the ‘symmetrybreakfast’ account has over 445,000 followers and almost 750 posts.
Michael says he now wakes up early to create his cuisines, oftentimes starting the prep work the night before. While traveling the world, he makes sure to arrange the meals in such a way that resembles his own cooking.
In speaking with The Guardian, Michael said, ‘People wonder if I’m crazy or obsessive […] but it is a declaration of love, really. I’m dedicated – both to breakfast and to Mark.’
Below are just a handful of beautiful dishes prepared by Michael.
Thursday: Smoothie Pancakes with banana, blueberries and raspberries garnished with some grapefruit zest, date molasses, yoghurt and pretty little blue cornflowers ? and a cup of Speedy Breakfast Tea From @jamieoliver’s book #everydaysuperfood this one was a doddle, all the ingredients in a blender and boom! Pancakes! #SymmetryBreakfast #symmetryjamieoliver
Wednesday: Berry Pocket Eggy Bread with yoghurt and pistachio and a caffe latte. Day three cooking from @jamieoliver’s book #everydaysuperfood Today’s recipe is definitely a keeper! Shame there isn’t a raspberry emoji ???#SymmetryBreakfast A photo posted by SymmetryBreakfast (@symmetrybreakfast) on
Wednesday: Börek, burek, böregi. All delicious!! —————————————— My börek are filled with spinach, kale, feta and lemon with some Aivar @pelagonia and some lassi Ayran. —————————————— Börek, popular across the former Ottoman Empire and a classic breakfast in the countries that once made up Yugoslavia. #SymmetryBreakfast A photo posted by SymmetryBreakfast (@symmetrybreakfast) on
Monday: A Turkish treat! Eggs with sucuk and Turkish bread and tea fit for a Sultan ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ So I recently told you all that I’m writing a book of breakfasts ? from all over the world. ??? I’m looking people to contribute what for them is the best recipe. From Mandaazi, to your favourite Nasi Lemak and those waffles that had something special during that road trip across the US. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Sadly we’re unable to pay you for your submissions, but if we love it, we will put it in the book and give you a full credit in return, with our thanks. The book will be published around the world so please only submit if you’re happy with this! Email is in my bio
Tuesday: Crispy Polenta, mushroom ragu, fried egg (homage to my friends at @eggbreak_ldn) with a kiwi, mango and spinach smoothie and a lovely cup of Speedy Breakfast tea @rareteacompany ——————————— Also in other news, I’ve FINALLY got round to putting some bits on my website www.symmetrybreakfast.com (link in bio!) please take a look, it’s a massive work in progress but we all have to start somewhere! ??? A photo posted by SymmetryBreakfast (@symmetrybreakfast) on
Tuesday: Turkey ?, sage and onion stuffing, bacon ?and rocket filled croissant with a side of plum and cranberry chutney from my friend @newtonandpott (who is celebrating being the new Guardian Cook resident! ??) ——————————— Served on new marble slabs picked up from Amsterdam @klevering_amsterdam #symmetrybreakfast A photo posted by SymmetryBreakfast (@symmetrybreakfast) on
Wednesday: A trio of homemade Pumpkin Spice doughnuts made with roasted Delicia pumpkin! Powdered sugar, hagelslag (Dutch sprinkles) and freeze dried strawbs, raspbs and cherries finished artfully with a matcha latte! ? ———————————- It’s Day Four of our @rareteacompany TakeOver, today’s theme is BLACK! #symmetrybreakfast A photo posted by SymmetryBreakfast (@symmetrybreakfast) on
Sunday: Eggs Arnold Bennett with sustainably sourced smoked haddock from my @abelandcole box, cute bread rolls (with extra butter) and English Breakfast Tea served on new custom boards from @hampsonwoods ——————————— Today is also very special as we are taking over @rareteacompany for 9 days. Rare Tea produce some of our favourite teas, please go on over, follow them and be absolutely bowled over by beauty!! ??@rareteacompany A photo posted by SymmetryBreakfast (@symmetrybreakfast) on
Thursday: Bubur Pulut Hitam or a riff on Black Rice Porridge. I made this with a mix of coconut and cows milk, mango, pomegranate, raspberry, blueberries and blackberries and finished with a beautiful Gyokuro green tea. Gyokuro @rareteacompany is slightly different from matcha and sencha. It’s grown in partial shade and is a nice way to greet the sun. Served in wonderful @reikokanekoltd bowls #symmetrybreakfast
You can head on over to the symmetrybreakfast Instagram account and keep up with the couple’s latest mirrored morning meals.
[via Lost at E Minor]