Lately we've been experimenting in our kitchen quite a bit. The best way to do that, is to simply get your hands (and kitchen counter) dirty. Remember the ingredients and the steps. If it works, write it down, if it doesn't, figure out why and try again. This makes cooking scientific (and now that science is involved, more fun for my husband).
I started out wanting to make something involving smoked salmon on cucumber slices. I've had cucumber and smoked salmon with some sort of white base variant (cream cheese, greek yogurt, sour cream) in-between on several occasions. And while I like the idea, I wanted to do something differently.