Hi, new here, and I have a really kind of odd question, but I'm thinking if anyone can answer it, the folks here would be it. I have a rare disorder where I react allergically to things that aren't my allergens. It's made my diet very, very limited, and unfortunately, these abnormal allergic reaction can alter at any time. Sometimes I can gain foods, but any physical stressor can make me lose them. For example, I can get a virus and I suddenly have allergic reactions to, say, potatoes. And it may go away when the virus is gone, or it may be permanent. This has wreaked havoc on my ability to cook good tasting food, as you can imagine. From one month to the next, I never know what ingredients will suddenly be unavailable to me. Just as an example, 4 years ago I lost soy, all grains, corn and dairy. 3 years ago, I could no longer have any spices so I grow fresh herbs now. 2 years ago I couldn't have anything fermented. Last year I lost all alliums, so no more garlic and onion. And a few weeks ago I lost tomatoes, avocados, and all citrus. And I'm hoping someone here will be able to help me figure out this: what techniques or resources help you when you need to be able to come up with a recipe on the fly, when you may not be able to use it long enough to play around with it? I can cook with the ingredients I have, but the food is so often bland, or not tasty. I am hoping to find some resources or techniques that might help me figure out - more quickly - ways to add flavor. And to learn...I guess to learn more flexibility so I can mix and match the foods I still have left, if that makes sense? Because otherwise, it takes me a few weeks to figure out new recipes, and then by the time I do that, my 'safe to eat' list changes and I have to make up entirely new recipes. Anyone have any ideas? Some good books, or blogs, maybe? Ideas for what to do - look up spice flavors, or...anything? I've tried to simply play around with my cooking, but I just can't seem to keep up with the rapidity of my dietary changes (I do not think I am destined to be a good chef. It doesn't come naturally to me.). Appreciation in advance for any ideas you might have!