The Food Matters Project: Halibut in spicy rhubarb sauce

This post is my first for the Food Matters Project, each week participating bloggers will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating.

Mark Bittman is one of my favorite bloggers and cookbook authors so I was really excited to jump into this project.  It’s also given me the opportunity to find some fellow bloggers that are focusing on cooking with whole foods and real ingredients.

This week’s recipe was chosen by Camilla and you can see the full recipe here at her site Culinary Adventures with Camilla.  Also be sure to check out the other versions at the Food Matters Project

I have to admit when I saw the first recipe that I was going to cook I was less than thrilled. Especially since the original title is fish nuggets in rhubarb sauce.  Yuck!  I love Mark Bittman but I think he really needs to rethink the name on this one.  When I think of fish nuggets I am immediately bombarded with visions of fish sticks and processed chicken nuggets.  Not to appetizing is it?  I must also admit that I’ve never had any interest in cooking with rhubarb either but I’m willing to try anything once.

I have to say that this recipe really took me out of my comfort zone and for that I am really excited that I have decided to participate in this project.  I decided to follow the recipe pretty faithfully since I wasn’t used to working with the ingredients.  The one change I made was that I used about 2 cups of rhubarb for the sauce not the pound and a half, I think it would have been way too tart for my tastebuds.  The sauce starts with a simple caramel that you add onions, rhubarb and chilis to and then the fish is poached in the sauce.  I found the sauce to be tart, spicy and utterly unique.  It also made me realize that poaching the fish is a great way to keep it moist and flaky.  I think that this will definitely be a recipe that I will be making again!

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    Self-taught cook, photographer.  You can usually find me at a farmers market dreaming up alternative recipes for my allergy prone family.

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