On a mission to inspire people to cook at home for themselves and for the people around them, one Instagram story at a time, Jessica Nguyen is the queen of alllllllll our dinner party dreams.
The Melbourne-based home chef is best known for her colourful table settings, step by step dishes and Chilli Oil recipe that took the internet by storm. Now with a dedicated Instagram following of over 60,000 it's hard to believe she only started creating Instagram cooking content a few short months ago.
Following Jessica's easygoing approach to entertaining, we've put together 8 of our favourite, easy to make (but as equally show-stopping) recipes straight from her 'gram.
1. The Ultimate Cheese Platter
Because, who doesn't love a good grazing board?
2. Vegetarian Egg Fried Rice
A quick dish when you have dietary requirements to adhere to or need something in 15 minutes. The tip with fried rice is to finely chop everything up into small pieces so it can cook evenly and in under 5 minutes in the pan.
3. Prawn and Ginger Wontons
So impressive and a lot easier than you think. The secret is chopping up half of your prawns and blitzing the other half so you get a smooth but also chunky texture when you take a bite of one of each wonton. Glistening in heaps of chilli oil of course, always.
4. Roasted Tomato and Garlic Linguine
It looks simple and it really is, but flavour wise it’s one of those magical dishes where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and all the elements balance each other just perfectly. Perfect with a glass (or bottle) of Italian red wine.
5. Grilled Langoustines with Garlic, Butter and Parsley
So. much. yum. This recipe is simple and fresh and it’s a great way to learn how to start cooking seafood with few ingredients needed.
6. Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad
A super simple 5 minute salad and the perfect way to enjoy tomatoes in season.
7. Homemade pizzas
Do we even need to explain?
8. Focaccia to share
Bonus points if you colour coordinate it with your tablecloth