On June 30th and July1st the Sagra della Sbroscia was celebrated for the first time in Marta. It was held at the Borgo del Pescatori. This also gives me an opportunity to share with you some recent photos of the area after the changes it underwent earlier this year when the old trees were removed. In case you have not seen these in earlier posts the links are Fishermans-beach-spiaggia-del-pescatore. and Friday Photos - As It Was.
To get back to the Sagra, it was another typical Italian food event of which we have quite a few in this region. I have been unable to actually find a translation for Sbroscia but it is a local dish particular to the shores of the Lago di Bolsena. It is a kind of fish soup and according to tradition, the soup always used to be prepared with water from the lake itself. I have no idea if the tradition was upheld for this Sagra and I did not ask!
All I managed to find out was that the Marta recipe was is made from good fresh fish, tomatoes, mint, potatoes and bread.
I also found this recipe online at Info - Bolsena - it
- 1 Tench
- 4 Perch
- 1 Pike
- 1 Anguilla
- ½ Onion
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ Garlic
- 1 Pepper
- 2 kg of potatoes
- Twenty slices of stale bread
Provide the cleaning of fish, in an earthenware pot, fry mint, chopped garlic and onion before adding 2 tablespoons of oil.
Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes.
Chop the tomatoes and add them to the mixture with the fish.
Add about l, 5 l of water (preferably lake , as is traditional), salt and continue cooking in a covered container for 30 m.
Spread the slices of bread into the bowls and cover with the soup, add the remaining oil.
We had a great time, it was a well supported event as my photos show and I certainly hope it will go on to be another annual event in Marta.
It was certainly a pleasant way to spend a summer evening and we got bring these bowls home!