My beef with Canadian beef: It just keeps getting pricier

I miss beef.With all due respect to lamb, pork, bison, horse, chicken, elk, caribou, venison, ostrich or rabbit, beef is still my favourite meat. I wouldn’t argue with any chef who wants to claim the pig as the most versatile animal. Even before you start listing the multitude of cured pork products, bacon makes it the people’s champ.

But if you’re going to take a well-raised, fresh piece of meat, cook it in an uncomplicated way and season it only with salt, I don’t think you can beat beef for its complex, earthy depth of flavour.At least twice a week, when I step into the butcher shop to buy bacon, I miss beef like I miss Saturday-morning cartoons.Sadly, though, I just can’t afford beef any more.In the last few years, market forces have aided my ongoing effort to eat more vegetables …