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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Science Blog: Open the black box

As a third-year student in science, I often think back to what it means to be a scientist. The definition that I like to live by, is that a scientist is someone who gives a voice to the material world, in analyzing and explaining the phenomena that both surround us and comprise us. If we truly consider these words to define us in science, then I believe that we as scientists are not projecting our voices very well. The analogy of the “black box” is often used in science and technology to describe a system or object that can be understood in terms of what goes in and comes out.  There is no actual knowledge pertaining to what is inside […]

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Opinion: Save the bees, save the crops

In our attempts to satisfy the ever-growing demand for food, humans have developed methods that maximize yields on commercial farms. We’ve determined efficient solutions to common agricultural problems and have modernized the way we plant, maintain, and grow crops. However, with all of these new developments, it appears that one essential aspect of agriculture has been overlooked: bees. Wild and managed bees provide pollination services to a variety of crops worldwide. In fact, when the leading crops on the world market were studied, it was found that pollinator-dependent crops make up 35 per cent of the total global crop production, with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and stimulant crops—like coffee and cocoa—relying the most on pollinators. However, global bee populations have been […]

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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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Finance Blog: Top 3 basics for personal finance

If there is one thing that all university students have in common, it’s a love/hate relationship with procrastination. Putting off working on an assignment that’s due in two weeks may not be a big deal, but putting off learning how to properly manage your finances could be far more damaging. There is a lot to learn on this subject, some things more important and some less. Below is a list of the three crucial topics that are worth learning about. Know and improve your credit scores The first step to take is to find out what your credit score is. This can be done quite easily using services like Credit Karma or MOGO. At this point you’ll likely be surprised […]

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