Many new words were added this year in the updated Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries. The word “Hangry” got my attention because people really do get angry when they are hungry! Hangry is an adjective, meaning bad-tempered or irritable due to hunger. Keeping with the food theme, another word that caught my attention was “Arancini”. This food word will definitely help Scrabble lovers because of its many vowels! Arancini are balls of cooked rice, said to have originated in 10th century Sicily, Italy. In Sicily, arancini are a traditional food for the feast of Santa Lucia on 13th December when bread and pasta are not eaten. Arancini is still a very popular finger food in modern Italian culture and is available all year round. Arancini is often made from using leftover rice from risotto. Traditional Arancini is stuffed with meat, tomato sauce, and cheese. Being a vegetarian and a dietitian nutritionist, I tried a vegetarian and healthier, baked version of this cool dish. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
Author: Shraddha Chaubey, MS,RDN,CD