Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

This post is about bacon.

Canadian bacon, American bacon, and Scottish back bacon each come from different parts of the pig and are prepared in distinct ways that affect their taste and texture.

Canadian bacon is made from the lean eye of the loin, in the back of the pig. It is a much leaner cut than what the United States1 consider 'regular' bacon and resembles ham more than the streaky fatty salty sugary bacon consumed in the United States1. Canadian bacon is usually smoked after being cured and is often sold in rounded slices. It has a milder flavour and lower fat content compared to United States (US) bacon.

US bacon is often referred to as streaky bacon due to its high-fat content. It is made from the pork belly. It has a rich, smoky salty sweet flavour and crispy texture when cooked. US bacon is typically cured and then smoked, resulting in a fattier and more calorie-dense product compared to Canadian bacon.

Scottish back bacon is similar to Canadian bacon in that it comes from the loin of the pig. However, Scottish back bacon may include a small portion of the belly attached, which adds a little more fat and flavour compared to Canadian bacon. Scottish back bacon is also cured and can be smoked or unsmoked, depending on the traditional recipes and regional preferences.

The main differences between these types of bacon lie in their cut of pork, fat content, and the preparation process. Canadian and Scottish back bacon are leaner with a more ham-like texture, while American bacon is fattier with a crispier texture when cooked. I do not like US bacon. It’s disgusting.

During the pandemic, I found the Scottish Gourmet, an online where I ordered various Scottish foods to make my full Scottish breakfast, including black pudding and packaged slices of back bacon. I loved the back bacon so much that I had been placing regular orders of back bacon. I freeze the packages and thaw them as needed. I cook a slice for breakfast each morning.

27 February 2024 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

On my first visit to the Brick Farm Tavern’s mini market, I discovered they sold Canadian bacon. It’s not quite the same as Scottish back bacon but it's quite tasty. The mini market is just a 15-minute drive from home making their bacon more accessible than the Scottish Gourmet.

While walking back to the car from the mini market, I noticed these birds walking across the lawn near the Dog Run Bar. Fortunately, the X-T3 and the XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR were in the back of the car.

The bird is the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), identifiable by its black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and brown body. Canada Geese are native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, but their range has expanded with the help of humans to parts of northern Europe, New Zealand, and other areas. They are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, including lakes, rivers, ponds, and sometimes even urban parks. Canada Geese are known for their V-shaped migration patterns and their loud, honking call.

  1. I am making an effort to stop referring to citizens of the USA as Americans. South Americans and Central Americans are Americans too!!