I’m flying home tonight after extensive training in Fort Lauderdale. Despite being extremely cautious for the entire trip, I crashed while skating twice in two days last weekend. You can say ouch alright! The casualties include scraped elbows, knees, right bum, right shin, right thigh, and two bruised & swollen knees. Ice packs and elevating my legs both help to control the swelling but there is only so much I can do. Bending my knees became a chore and at times I can hardly straighten out the joints due to excessive swelling. Such is the not-so-glamorous life of being a skater.
Despite of a couple of unintended meetings with the pavement, I had a good time last weekend training with my teammates at our annual team training camp. The strawberry jam, blood orange marmalade, oatmeal raisin cookies, and pecan brownies were heartily enjoyed by all. I tried a different brownie recipe from my trusty standard. Guess what? I think I have a new favourite! This David Lebovitz recipe originated from Robert Steinberg, the founder of Scharffen Berger. Of course I made it with Scharffen Berger 70% dark chocolate. Let me tell you, all the superlative and praise for this brownie recipe are well-deserved. Every bite of moist tender brownie burst with deep dark chocolate flavour and mellow sweetness of Georgia pecans. I cannot wait to make it again for friends back home.