Hello everyone! I am Manu from Manu’s Menu and have been a member of the Daring Kitchen since 2011. I love this community and when Shelley and Ruth asked me if I could step in with a challenge for January, I did not even have to think about it. It’s been an emotional roller coaster these last few weeks and it still feels surreal to be writing a challenge for the Daring Cooks' without Lis. It feels surreal and hard, but at the same time right, as I know Lis would have wanted this community to keep going. I know many of you understand what I mean. I would like to dedicate this challenge to Lis: you are and will always be terribly missed!
Even though I have been living in Australia for 7 years, I was born and brought up in Milan (Italy) by Sicilian parents and my blog is all about authentic Italian home cooking. I cook a lot of Sicilian food at home, I would actually say that I cook mostly Sicilian food, as that’s what I have grown up eating. I love it: it is hearty and tasty! So, today, I would like to challenge all of you to cook a Sicilian street food classic: Arancine (also known as Arancini in the Eastern area of Sicily). The recipes I will share with you are my family’s recipes. This is the way my father’s grandmother used to make arancine for the whole family. My dad learnt from her and I from him… and today I am honored to pass these recipes onto all of you! I think they are amongst the “oldest family recipes” I have! So, ready to start?