I am not a neat person. My home is neat because I mean it to be.
I am not one to be tidy all the time, but by focusing and putting effort into it, I get results.
I am not an artsy person. I do not draw, paint, or create very much from within myself. I have always thought of myself as an analytic. I do tend to think through problems in my head and make “pro-con” lists naturally.
But did I believe there was a creative bone in my body?
Not so much.
It has become more and more evident to me, though, that my creativity does not lie in things that I can look at, nor is it really harnessed in the things I write (such as this blog), but it is found in the things I can taste.
Several weeks ago I made a batch of butternut squash soup that my husband loved. He asked what I did differently with that particular batch, but I couldn’t tell him. I muttered something about experimenting and testing new things out, but I truly couldn’t tell him what exactly went into that pot to make the flavors I made.
When I cook I am in my zone, so to speak. I start with some aromatics, I smell my herbs and spices to find what suits my palette at the moment and what would go best with the ingredients I have on hand. I saute, I deglaze, I roast, and I sear. All of these bring out different nuances of flavor that I know can be harnessed in different ways.
Today at a local MOPS meeting I brought some mini-quiche. I didn’t really have a recipe in mind, but I knew I had some vegetables and plenty of different kinds of cheese on hand. I ended up with pepper, onion, and mushroom quiches with romano cheese “crusts”.
When a friend asked for the recipe I gave her the same goofy look that I gave my husband several weeks ago. I had no recipe. Could I probably tell her what was in those mini-quiches? Yes. Was I positive of the exact amounts of everything? Not a bit.
I share this bit of insight into my life to have to take a look at your own. You may not be artistically creative, but we are all created in His image. We are all creative. How are you creative?