Food and Drink Blog: A crack-a-lackin’ Croque-Madame

People often have an impression of French cuisine as being overly sophisticated, employing obscure, expensive ingredients with techniques requiring a culinary school degree. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While high-profile French chefs have historically been at the forefront of culinary innovation, many classic dishes are born from the humble and modest countryside. Bistros are to France what diners are to North America: good, comforting meals where the wait staff won’t mind if you show up hungover for brunch. The Croque-Madame is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, perfect for the next stress-filled weeks and doubles as a great hangover remedy. For a slightly less decadent Croque-Monsieur, skip the fried egg on top.   Ingredients (for two sandwiches) Sliced bread […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Warm vegetable goodness

With November just around the corner, Halloween will soon make way for more wintery decorations as the days get shorter and getting out of bed becomes even more difficult. Carleton’s tunnel traffic will soon reflect the depressing weather outside, and we’ll be taking out those bulky Sorels from under the bed once more. It’s easy to let the cold get the best of you, but nothing beats coming home and preparing a warm meal that’ll make you ignore the weather forecast. These two dishes are sure to comfort you, no matter how much snow is on the ground. They store well too, so, you can enjoy them both at home and on campus. Green Pea and Mint Soup My mom […]

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CUPE 2424 votes to support strike action

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2424 (CUPE 2424) voted 93 per cent in support of the union’s negotiating team up to and including strike action, on Oct. 16.  According to its website, CUPE 2424 represents more than 850 administrative, technical and library workers at Carleton. An Oct. 20 message on the website said more than 63 per cent of members cast their votes. “The message is clear. We will not stand for major concessions,” the post stated. The vote is the most recent event in a series of bargaining processes sparked by the expiration of the collective agreement between the union and the university. According to Pam Griffin-Hody, CUPE 2424’s president, the strike mandate vote was held […]

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CUSA talks CFS defederation at first town hall

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives gathered in the University Centre Atrium to answer students’ questions on potential decertification from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) on Oct. 19. Students milled in and out of the Atrium to hear from the executives. According to CUSA president Zameer Masjedee, the town hall was the first of many to be held throughout the academic year, with CUSA planning to hold one per month, each focusing on a different student issue. The event focused around raising awareness for the CFS decertification process, as well as the advantages and potential drawbacks related to the process. The executive team cited the fees paid to the CFS as being one of the main reasons for considering […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Fall in love with squash pasta

While September was a real scorcher in the capital, that hasn’t prevented stores across Ottawa from proudly displaying cheesy Halloween decorations in every shade of orange imaginable, and pumpkin spice lattes are back for better or for worse.   But fall doesn’t have to be just overused Instagram photos of fallen leaves with too much saturation applied.  Fall produce—pumpkin, squash and the like—is known for being both incredibly tasty and easy on the wallet.  As an added bonus, feel free to stock up on as much squash as you can this season, since it’ll keep for ages in your pantry. With that being said, here’s an easy recipe that I can guarantee is far more than the sum of its […]

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