Last year, on August 20th, one of the lawyers decided to make fun of my calendar obsession and filled in a few of his own such as "Stockwell Day", "Doris Day", and "Nothing Day".
Not to be outdone by a smartass in a suit, I decided to take the first one, Stockwell Day (member of the Conservative party) and celebrate to the best of my non-conservative abilities. This meant two things:
1) we wear blue
2) we have cupcakes
I could hardly believe it when, a year later, my Outlook calendar blipped up a little message in its remind-y way and told me that Stockwell Day was "due in 15 hours". Not one to miss an occasion, I e-mailed the crew to let them know to wear blue, and planned on what cupcakes I would make this year.
I used this recipe from the Food Network to make basic chocolate cupcakes. My only substitutions:
- homemade buttermilk (regular milk with lemon juice, 1 tbsp for every cup of milk. Can also be done with soy milk)
- melted margarine in lieu of oil
- I have a TON of hot chocolate powder so I used a 2.5 cups of that rather than 2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa
- whole wheat all-purpose flour instead of white. I don't think this changed the taste (I haven't actually had one yet), no one said anything about it. They do look a bit branier when they come out of the oven though.
I always have a few candies lying around that are perfect for decorating.
|dream on Conservatives|
Compared to my cupcakes from last year...
The best part of Stockwell Day is that is more-or-less the complete opposite of what a Conservative would do (namely, have any fun at all).
So happy Stockwell Day!
PS - I really don't have a hate-on for Conservatives. I swear.