What might happen if you try your hardest, but that is still not good enough? Can you accomplish something great even if you make a mistake? Do you need to be perfect to leave a great impression?
The Brazilian bobsled team in the Sochi Olympics showed that it is possible to not win but still win over hearts and inspiration. Impressive fundraising helped them get there. While in Russia, the teams continued to work hard and inspire fellow athletes. Finally, the women survived a horrific crash. Obviously, they accomplished much although they did not place first.
In honor of them, I cooked a Brazilian recipe: Coconut Beans or Feijão de Coco. This soup-like recipe blends sweet and salty. Although it did not end up perfect, I learned from my cooking and gave my family an unique supper.
There were several mistakes – or alterations – that I made during this recipe. However, these helped me to learn how to be a better cook instead of making me feel like a loser.
First, the beans should be soaked overnight according to the recipe. Instead, I took the quicker option of boiling and soaking them for an hour. Although still time-consuming, it is not more than 24 hours of work.
Secondly, my timing still was wrong. I forgot that you needed to boil the beans with spices for another hour. Thus, we ended up eating around 7:30.
Finally, I followed the recipe and added 2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp of salt. My mother remarked at that large amount. Turns out, the dish was good but a bit too salty. Next time, I will reduce that ingredient.
Overall, my family and I enjoyed this recipe. Making coconut beans also helped me to let got of being perfect and instead focus on leaving a great impression like the Brazilian bobsledding team.