That paella combo sounds really great, Roy. I do a lot of free-form cooking like that too.
Tigger, I have had a similar experience of narrowing the diet over the years. For me, it's the opposite of yours, though. My system will only tolerate tiny amounts of carbohydrates. I haven't had a loaf of bread in the house for at least 6 months. If I get any more bread than one little bun on a big burger or hot dog in a day, I feel drugged. Fruit feels like getting a shot of opium or something. The exception is lactose. I can easily go through a couple liters a day of milk, no problem. I basically live on meat, dairy products, and vegetables.
Right NOW, however, I'm eating some vietnamese chaya (meat & veggie egg rolls). They are so amazingly good that I was literally sworn to secrecy for life for the recipe, seriously, which was only given to me to fulfill a debt of honor. It's one of those family secret things from someone's grandmother in Vietnam. For all I know, it could be rather obvious in some regions, posted all over the internet, but I've never seen or heard of its like in the west.
They taste so good it almost makes you go into a swoon by the fourth bite. It's one of those foods you have to fight not to gorge on until you pass out. Once cooked, they keep well if wrapped for backpack rations on long patrols and foraging excursions, so they're practical, too.
In case you didn't realize it, I DO have a sense of humor. How about you?
"I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer... I will face my fear. I will let it pass over and through me, and when it has gone, only I will remain." --The Bene Gesserit
"Time is a spiral. Space is a curve. I know you get dizzy, but try not to lose your nerve." -- Neil Peart
"I'm not in the ship. I am the ship." -- River Tam
"The truth is simple. It's the lies that get complicated." -- me
"No matter where you go, there you are." --Buckaroo Banzai