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.