Asian Spring Rolls

So we are now at another food post! I find them much easier than fashion posts but I like them the same!

The recipe I did today was the first time I tried it. I have already eaten them but never made them so it was a risky choice but turned out super nice! And the great thing about this food is that the process is very repetitive so you get to practice as you make them!

So let’s begin!

Here is a picture of all the ingredients, I made Asian Spring Rolls with Rice paper and shrimp

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So I defrosted my shrimp and took the tail shells off. Feel free to buy other types of shrimp i.e raw or frozen, different sizes too. Just remember, if the shrimp are raw, they need to be cooked, and de-shelled/de-veined.

While I let the shrimp soak in warm water, I started to julienne my veggies. This process is when you cut your vegetables in very slim slices like in the picture. You can choose whichever vegetables you think would taste good in the wraps. I chose carrots for color and cucumber as well as bean sprouts (those don’t need to be cut).

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I used Vermicelli in my spring rolls so I brought some water to a boil in the kettle and combined the two for a few minutes until the “noodles” were soft and manageable.

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The rice paper is super easy to use and not as delicate as you might think. This is the brand I used for mine and I followed the instructions on the back which indicates to soak the rice paper, one at a time, in lukewarm water then set aside for 30 seconds. I found that it works best to soak for about 5 seconds, take out and start assembling your ingredients on the rice paper while it loosens.

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Once all your ingredients are set in the middle of the sheet, fold the two ends towards the middle and start rolling, tucking the ingredients tightly to make a nice roll.

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As I mentioned earlier, the process is very repetitive so each time you will improve and the rolls will look better and better, obviously they will all taste the same ๐Ÿ˜‰

I chose to place my ingredients in a certain order but it really doesn’t matter, but I think you should keep the shrimp for the top. I also added some fresh mint leaves for that bright, summery flavor but you can also replace the mint with lettuce and/or cilantro and/or fresh basil. All up to you! Stay creative and try different approaches!

The fresh mint doesn’t look so fresh but that’s what happens when you ask your dad to buy things hehe ๐Ÿ˜› Tastes fine just looks a little older which doesn’t even matter because you won’t see it, as it will be rolled inside the wrap.

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Here is a look at the final product! I ended up making about 11 rolls to use up my ingredients but I still have a ton of rice paper left so I wrapped it in saran wrap to keep it fresh and use it another time.

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I looked for some sauces on Pinterest and was looking for more of a peanut dipping sauce but you can also use a more vinegary type sauce or chili pepper sauce. There are a million options so go for it and try different ones. I even saw a spicy mayonnaise sauce!

Now comes the worst part…..

Clean Up!

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Good luck and Enjoy!

Braid Tutorial

Today’s post is my first “Fashion” related blog post, hopefully not the last ๐Ÿ˜‰

I decided to do a tutorial video about braids because I often get complimented on my braids and asked who does them for me. I do them for myself and now you can too by watching my video!

Are you excited?? (I hope you said yes because) So am I!!

This braid tutorial will be composed of 4 different fringe “braids”. I put the word braids in brackets because only the last two are technically braids. The first two are more like twists.

So let’s begin! Click on this link to watch the video and/or keep reading for a description of each braid with photos ๐Ÿ™‚
www.youtube.com/laubou22

The first look is super fast and super easy and I’m going to call it a twist. All you do is literally twist your hair and add hair to the twist as you make you way along you head stopping wherever you like. It should look something like this:
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The second look starts to look more like a braid but still not technically a braid, well you could call it a two strand braid if you like.
You start with two strands and twist them together but add hair to each strand as you go. This look is a little more complex than the first however it is still very simple and after trying and practicing a few times it will become your new go-to fake braid ๐Ÿ˜‰
Might look something like this:
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The third look is our first legit braid! Yay! Super pretty but also slightly more time consuming. This look requires 3 strands and works just like a normal braid but you add hair to the strands as you braid, making it a French Braid. Again, still along the fringe and you can braid as far down as you want. You can also make it tighter and more put together or messier by braiding it looser. Here is a more messy type French braid along the fringe.
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Finally, the fourth and final braid, my personal favorite, the dutch french braid in the fringe. For those of you unfamiliar with a dutch braid. Click here. It is a French braid when the strands cross under instead of over each other. I enjoy the look of this braid because it stands out and looks different than a regular braid.
Here is mine
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This is the end of my first tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it I will try to make another video soon. Feel free to comment video ideas for me and I will see what I can do.

Until next time, until then,

Keep practicing and Never Give Up!

Oats and Stuff

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Once again, it’s cold here and the perfect comfort food that always warms me up and gets me ready to start the day off right is oatmeal!

I never make it the same way, it depends what’s in my pantry and fridge… For this time, I added a bunch of nuts and seeds and some strawberries. But I think I made a little too much because I had a hard time finishing the bowl hehe.

Here is a picture of all the ingredients I used and I also added some chia seeds.

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I like to chop everything up as small as possible because I’m kind of weird and like every bite to taste the same. I need a little bit of everything in every spoonful. So I chopped the strawberries into very small pieces and did the same for the walnuts

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When that was all done and ready to go, I threw everything together in a big bowl and enjoyed!

What I love about oatmeal is that you can add whatever kind of ingredients and it’s hard to mess up. It always tastes good and keeps you full for a long time!

Here is my official list of ingredients but don’t be shy to try different combinations
Strawberry, Nut Oatmeal

Gluten Free Oats
Water
Fresh cut strawberries
Finely chopped Walnuts
Spoonful of Sunflower Seeds
Brown Sugar to taste
Tbsp Chia seeds soaked in Lactose Free milk overnight

Bon Appรฉtit! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Petit Dรฉjeuner Franรงais

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Bon matin mes amis!

For today’s blog, I shall begin with my breakfast this morning which consisted of French toast and bacon with some fruit on the side as you can see in the photo.

What you cannot see in the photo is that the entire meal is gluten free and Dairy free. I use Glutino white sandwich bread and mix 1 egg with a splash of lactose free milk. I like the brand: Natrel. Once on the griddle, I’ll sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on the French toast.

My brother cooked the bacon, in the over on broil, keeping a close eye because it is easy to forget and we have a very sensitive smoke detector. This makes my dog, Finn, very nervous and want to go outside. hihi

For the fruit, I’ve been really enjoying honeydew melon recently and I have always loved pineapple and since these are both considered low FODMAP, it’s a safe and delicious option.

Now go out and enjoy the rest of your day! Today is another snowstorm here in Montreal so stay warm or go enjoy the snow!

For those of you who want the full recipe to my breakfast this morning here it is:

Gluten free/Lactose Free French Toast

2 Slices of Glutino-White sandwich Bread
1/4 Cup Natrel-Lactose Free Milk1 Egg
Pinch of cinnamon
Maple Syrup as desired

Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Salmon Surprise

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For my first Food post, I have posted a picture of my dinner tonight. Just missing a picture of the side salad, a simple Arugula mixed salad with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper.

The salmon is seasoned with a brand of spice seasonings called LaGrille Salmon Spices. This brand also carries steak spices and chicken spices and other fish spices. Very flavourful and you can sprinkle as much or as little as you like. The salmon was broiled in the oven this time, but tastes just as good, if not better on the BBQ. It’s currently winter here in Montreal so it’s not so fun to BBQ outside.

Alongside the salmon are some sugar snap peas, steamed and basmati rice.

You won’t see me write about different kinds of wine or other alcoholic drinks because I don’t drink alcohol because of my digestion problems so I usually stick to a nice cool glass of water… Boring, I know but you gotta stay hydrated ๐Ÿ˜‰

This complete dinner was gluten and dairy free. My mom added some goat cheese to her salad so that is another option with dried cranberries and brown sugar/ maple syrup roasted walnuts, YUM!

I hope you’re not drooling too much hehe

thats all for now, see you tomorrow with my breakfast ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

Welcome

Hello readers and welcome to my first post as a fashion and food blogger.

This is the first time I write seriously, other than for school so I’m kind of new to all this. I will try to post as often as I can and keep things interesting.

The topic of this blog is mainly about fashion and food and there are 2 reasons for that:
1) I am a Montreal based model trying to make it big in the fashion industry and love talking about clothes and hair and makeup.
2) I have digestion problems and am currently going through many steps and tests to try and figure out exactly what’s wrong so I can fix it for good. But for now, I have removed Gluten and Dairy from my diet as well as a few other things, sort of on the Low FODMAP diet.

That being said, this will be the end of my first post and I would like to end each of my posts with a: Never Give Up! Because I know I need to be reminded constantly to stay positive and focused and driven in order to stay calm when it comes to my stomach issues, because some days feel so overwhelming and I don’t think I’m ever going to figure out what’s wrong so by continuously seeing that little motivational quote, it keeps my spirits lifted and helps me get through a bad day. My boyfriend has that tattooed on his inner arm and he is the physical/emotional motivation I get every day.

Not sure what my next post will look like, but I want to eventually post videos, or links to videos, for hair tutorials and of course some selfies here and there and updates on my modeling. For more modeling pics now, go check out my instagram: @laurenbougie.

Until next time readers, I hope you enjoyed my first post. Much more to come ๐Ÿ™‚

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