Connecting with new friends is as easy as this Creole Cod recipe. He was intimidated to come cook with us. The last time (and only time) he tried to cook was for a friend, and the meal was not good. Well, who is really good at anything on the first try? The secret is to not give up and consider each attempt practice. I’ve been cooking for many years (decades) and I still think I am just trying things out. With each recipe my confidence grows and so will yours!
These 2 jokesters had me laughing nonstop while we made this Creole Cod recipe. This dish was yummy! But the connections and new friendships we were building was the highlight of the day!
It’s easy to see how the kitchen brings people together, and like anything else, cooking takes some practice. Franz has become a Connecting Kitchen fan for sure with a new outlook on cooking, and fish as you can see in the video below.
While we are busy building confidence in the Connecting Kitchen, Coach Franz helps young men build their confidence in social situations. He reminds us that social skills are also something that we all need to learn. For some it is easier than others, but guidance from this coach, a man who has taken the journey from shy, introverted and angry to positive, confident, and outgoing, can turn it all around. This was so interesting. I never thought of looking at social skills like something you had to practice.
We made this Creole Cod which is typical of the Caribbean Island style of cooking. Fresh fish topped with lots of fresh and flavorful ingredients — tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, fresh thyme and a splash of lime. Since Franz is half Haitian (the other half San Salvadoran) I thought this was a nice way to honor his heritage and his family. He was nervous about cooking again after his first try was a flop. He was further intimidated by the fish recipe I chose because he didn’t really like fish. But he was up for the challenge and even surprised himself by how much he enjoyed making this meal.
Making delicious food doesn’t have to be difficult, it just takes practice. We are building confidence, relationships, and healthy bodies one recipe at a time. Everything in life is a practice, practice, practice!