I do the same thing. On the rare occasions when I use a recipe, even when it's one I invented, I can't resist making changes anyway. I just write down the various ingredients and only give the most general idea of the proportions unless it's something that actually involves an exact amount needed for a chemical reaction. I don't even have a set of measuring spoons... yet we cook every night. My "recipe book" is currently a bunch of notepad files in a folder on my computer.
I also like to create as I go along, not always with the best results, but sometimes I think I improve the recipe. Especially if the recipe doesn't have enough "colour" I throw in a handful of herbs for green or red/yellow pepper for red. The beetroot in the pasta didn't work too well, though...
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