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.