I've been veg for about two years, and I also had to deal with my mother looking over my shoulder to see what I was eating...though it seems your mum has good reason to! ha ha. Everyone's suggestions are good. There are tons of great cookbooks out there, Moosewood's of course being a classic. There are also a lot of them that are specifically aimed at teenagers (which I can assume you are?), with ideas and recipes for bag lunches, easy dinner recipes, etc. And there are obviously zillions of recipes online. Despite my many reservations about Peta's methods, their website does have a wide variety of recipes, all in one place. You might want to check that out. Now, I don't know why you decided to become a vegetarian, but yay! for you, as it really is very ecologically friendly. Which brings me to my next suggestion: Please, please, please read "Diet for a Small Planet"!!! This is an old-school book about the ethical benefits of eating from the bottom of the food chain instead of the top, as well as practical tips, and some good recipes. I promise that reading this book will change the way you look at food. One last tip: don't be afraid of ethnic foods! There are so many cultures out there which don't emphasise meat in thier diets, that there is a lot of room for you to explore and have fun with what you eat. Being a vegetarian in a family of meateaters means a little extra care and planning in your meals, and a willingness to experiment. Trust me, though, it's worth it. Good luck and happy eating!
Well, i'm not sure if this will work or help. But I know that this is what you do if a sauce or soup is too salty--- add potatoes. Cook a few potatoes in it, them remove them. I don't know if it works with spice, but it might be worth a try before you go out and buy more meat and start upsizing your recipe (though maybe you'll have to do that anyway.) Good luck. The worst case scenario is that you end up with gallons and gallons of chili, with lost chunks of potato in it, right?
I think the handwarmers really compliment the hobo vibe of the scarf. I got a little kit for a pair of similar handwarmers for Christmas, and I'm wondering - were they very difficult to make? I'm a freshman knitter; I'm pretty good on straight needles, but have never worked in the round. Yours are so cute, that I would like to ask for any tips for before i start. Thanks!