I have always been a 'creative' cook,mas opposed to always following recipes!! Even when I have used recipes,I've always changed them in some way. This has a great deal with how and why my son became a chef,I'm sure!! I live alone now ,and do not experiment as much now,but my meals are always that little bit different so I do enjoy both the cooking and the eating!!!
I love to cook and do enjoy experimenting. I have a good balance between making the same old and creating new things. It also depends on time and budget. I tend to do the same old things when money and/or time is tight, and enjoy experimenting when I've got a bit more flexibility with both.
I used to be very experimental in my cooking, years' ago, but not so much nowadays.
With the cold weather, I've a new fave recipe of 'Snag Casserole'!
For this, those pre-cut carrot, & cabbage packs are perfect!
Sometimes have as 'Devilled', or 'Curried'.
Total dish gives me two full meals, & a soup on third night, so pretty cheap, but filling meal!