Ever start cooking something with no real idea where you're going with it?
Pic related. Bacon and green beans and garlic, cooked in olive oil and butter. I added some pasta because why not. I think I ended up creating a side dish instead of a main course though.
>ever start cooking something with no real idea where you're going with it
Not really. I usually spend my free time daydreaming about what I'm going to make for my next meal and putting together a plan in my head, which isn't to say I don't ever change things in the middle of cooking.
When I was first learning to cook I did this until I got tired of eating food that sucked.
Now when I cook it's usually not just one dish, but a few different dishes that compliment each other as a complete meal. And I work that shit out well before I pick up a knife.
Kind of. If I'm just trying to have fun and its something I could make blindfolded (stir fries, stew, tuna/chicken/ham salad, ECT) I'll play around with it and just throw in random things to see how it is.
Its not always as great as I imagine but i found a few good combos like roasted Brussels sprouts with craisins, apple, and walnuts glazed with balsamic and covered in parmesan.