Before I start posting I just thought I'd tell you how I tend to cook. I believe cooking should be fun. I don't strictly stick to recipes. If I think it needs more oil or more garlic, I add it. When baking, yes you have to be precise, but cooking is open to interpretation. Thats probablly why I prefer cooking.
So, if you wanna try a recipe and don't have one of the spices it calls for, try it any way don't let it stop you. Try substituting a similar flavor.
Just have fun! You'll enjoy it more. =)