The wasp and the sticky bun

I had an encounter with the local wildlife on the weekend: a wasp stung me on my lip. It was not a particularly nice experience. I blame the cinnamon bun.

I had gone to Bandit Bakery to get some bread. Bandit Bakery is the best artisan bakery on the planet and they make the best sourdough you can buy. The baker who runs it only just opened it earlier this year. He was previously the baker at Foodstory Café. I can remember times at Foodstory when they’d have no sourdough and it was always because the baker had gone away for a holiday and he didn’t want to share his secrets with anyone so there was no sourdough in his absence.

After several years baking for Foodstory he opened his own bakery this year and since day one it has been very popular. There’s always a queue outside and if there’s no queue it means they’ve sold out. He mills his own flour from spelt grown in Aberdeenshire. Who could possibly compete with that?

I went on Saturday just after midday and they’d sold out of everything except for four remaining cinnamon buns. I bought them all.

Bandit Bakery cinnamon buns are the best. They’re not too sweet, the bread is delicious, and they’re vegan. Everything at Bandit Bakery is vegan.

Being the impatient greedy guts that I am I couldn’t wait until home to eat my cinnamon bun and began devouring as I was waiting for Elizabeth to finish Highland Dance. I wasn’t paying much attention to the bun as I was looking towards the dance studio and so I didn’t notice the wasp when it joined my feast. On my next bite I felt a stabbing pain in my lip and only realised what it was when I saw something fly away from my mouth.

It was very painful and I was unsure how I’d react as I’ve never been stung by a wast before. My lip swelled up quite quickly and for once I was grateful for a face mask to hide my fat lip. Fortunately the swelling subsided and after about half an hour it had gone down considerably. Later that evening I took a photo. By then it was only a little swollen but still painful to drink from a glass.

The next day it was completely better. The lesson is never stuff your face with sticky bun outdoors in summer! Or at least, watch what you’re eating.

The allotment has started producing its bumper crop of courgettes. I seem to have more than ever this year and am having trouble eating them all so we’ve been giving them away. Last week I made chocolate courgette cake twice. We found a really nice oat cream you can whip. It was delicious with the cake.

I’ve also been making stuffed courgettes, courgette stew, and courgette soup. The kids hate courgettes so they’re not happy about it. I’m hoping I can make them change their minds eventually and come to appreciate this vegetable which I think is quite yummy.

Something the kids do like eating is a good bean chilli. I make it most weeks now and follow Dr Greger’s three-bean chill recipe which is very good. Daniel always makes the guacamole for it. Maybe I’ll sneak some courgette into that this week.

The council has written to me twice about the allotment this year telling me I’m not using enough of the land. Consequently I’ve been putting plants in every available spot I can find. I think part of the issue is they don’t understand that some of my plants are perennials and at the beginning of the season they had gone to seed. Probably they thought I needed to discard them but they’ve since started their new growth for the year. My peas have also never made it past ground level because something is eating them. A couple of weeks ago I bought some more fruiting plants and crammed them in too. Here they are on Penelope ready to make the ride to the allotment.

We’ve got a little pond at the allotment now. I’m hoping it will help the local frogs and toads.

13 thoughts on “The wasp and the sticky bun”

  1. Ugh, I hope your lip is much better now. I can’t stand wasps because they’re so greedy: I’ve had ones chase me while I was trying to drink a cup of lemonade outdoors; another time we almost had a picnic ruined because a swarm refused to leave our table alone. Someone finally left a sacrificial cup of Pepsi out on another distant table, which seemed to pacify them, but watching them clamber all over the cup gave me the creeps! (I know, they need to feed their larvae and get them to adulthood before the winter sets in, but they should stick to fallen fruit and discarded food in the trash bins, not try to steal our food while we’re eating!)

    The nonprofit that oversees my community garden is trying to redistribute our plots because, they claim, there’s a waiting list of people wanting to garden. Because of the drought out here however, my plots look like a weed patch, so they’re telling me I’m not tending to them properly. I hope it doesn’t turn into a fight: I don’t have the energy for it, but I don’t want to lose my garden either. It makes me want to buy my own property so I can garden in peace.

    1. My lip is fine now but I find I’m suddenly thinking twice before eating outside – I’d rather not do it. I must be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder 🙂 In general I quite like wasps. They’re meant to be good for the garden. I’d just rather not get stung. I’d definitely avoid drinking from a can of soft drink with wasps around. What if they fly inside the can and you swallow one?

      Our community gardens have a huge waiting list too so I understand why they hassle people. I think my issue was that they could see weeds so I’ve got a bit better at managing the weeds and am hoping to avoid a third letter. So far so good. Good luck with yours!

  2. Hope the wasp was ok. Just kidding – glad that your lip didn’t take too long get over the attack, even if the residual effects lasted a while.

    Funny you should mention courgettes (what we call zucchini), I bought a big bag of them recently, and have used them in a stir-fry, and plan to make fritters with them for dinner tonight. The soup idea sounds good, too,

    1. Mmm a stir fry sounds good. Maybe I’ll try that next. There’s got to be something I can convince the kids to like that contains courgettes. How do you make fritters?

      1. Here’s a YouTube link to the Cook:30 recipes by Jeremy Dixon of the Revive Cafe in Auckland. These are the zucchini fritters I make.

        Hope the link works, otherwise google YouTube Cook:30 – curried zucchini fritters.

      2. Daniel did but not Elizabeth. That’s a huge success though because Daniel is very firmly against courgettes but he ate two of them and seemed to enjoy it.

  3. I would definitely be the one eating the bun while waiting for the lesson to finish. There is a lot of waiting when you have children. I agree that wasps are good and I suspect it’s our human-centric viewpoint that predisposes us not to like them. I do try to keep out of their way though. In the south/near the coast it’s seagulls that put us off eating outside.

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