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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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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Food and Drink Blog: Veganism – it’s not as hard as you think

Like many people, watching What the Health had me suddenly eyeing the food in my fridge with suspicion. Released in March 2017, the pro-vegan documentary directed and produced by Kip Anderson aims to persuade viewers to take up a solely plant-based diet by presenting them with scary statements about the havoc animal products can purportedly wreak on the human body. Among its shocking claims, the documentary states that eating one egg is as bad for your health as smoking five cigarettes per day and that consuming dairy can increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Growing up, my family had largely avoided eating pre-packaged foods in favour of home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients, but we had always eaten animal […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Fairtrade food on campus and across Ottawa

At first glance, Carleton doesn’t seem like a hub for local and ethical food options . McGill University actually got rid of all Tim Hortons on campus in favour of local coffee shops, and students at the University of Toronto created an ethical clothing brand that now is sold  at the university. For incoming students, it might seem like Carleton is lacking in that department—fortunately, that’s not true at all. In February 2017, Carleton became a Fair Trade Campus. This is a huge step for the university, and it represents a concerted effort by passionate students, Dining Services and university administrators. But what does it mean? The Fair Trade Campus program comes was started by Fairtrade International, an international organization […]

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Food and drink blog: Easter eats

Ah, early April. The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and Easter is just around the corner. Unfortunately, most of us will be spending the holiday holed up in fire-safety-ambiguous apartments dragging ourselves through the last weeks of the semester. (Well, not me—I’m in journalism, so I’ll be done long before then, but I’ll extend my sympathy.) Easter seems to be one of the holidays students forget about. It gets overshadowed by St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re usually too busy to care. Some of us might buy a bunch of discount Easter bunnies the day after, but that’s kind of sad, right? In my first year at university, I remember eating dinner on Easter Sunday at McDonalds. I forgot […]

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