... a blog to make sense of the world through writing and acts of creativity, to reflect on and respond to the crazy world in which we live. Can beauty, creativity, compassion, and activism emerge from this tension?
I do count cooking as a creative activity. You made something! Some cooks follow a recipe to a T and therefore don't think of themselves as creative. That could be so, because I think where the creative aspect comes in is putting in your own personal touch.
For example. I love beets and just threw them into my basket while shopping for something else. I don't have a go-to recipe for beets, so I went recipe hunting. I found this one, which was great because I also had apples and oranges in the refrigerator. I didn't have sunflower seeds, and thought I would use the walnuts I knew I had. When I couldn't find the walnuts, I settled on peanuts. I also got creative with the dressing. I didn't have raspberry vinegar, so I used apple cider vinegar. I wanted to use my vitamix, but the portions were too small to mix, so I threw in the other half of the orange, and a little water. It came out surprisingly well. I love the colors especially.
But still, even if you followed a recipe to a T, I believe you are having a creative experience. It wasn't there before and now it is. If it is something that expresses who you are, then I count that as creative. Since my goal with this blog is to celebrate the creative spirit, I want all you cooks out there to own it.
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.