When it comes to cooking, my mom is the original mother of invention. Like most Asian cooks, my mom doesn't work from written recipes.
She tastes and adjusts throughout the cooking process, allowing for sudden bursts of inspiration.
Don't be a slave to the recipe. Improvise with whatever's on hand. Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to make substitutions.
Create new flavor combinations and new recipe "classics" by using your imagination. Remember, mother knows best!