This was a fun trip for the kids because we had the run of the bus to play in. We left the seats in the bus and had 3 beds on top of the seats. Boxes were stuck into the nooks and crannies under the seats. But this left little tunnels that made for great adventure under the seats.
I’m sure the trip was more grueling for my parents! So they were relieved to have finally arrived in Alaska.
No — it was actually my mother’s idea. One evening while my dad was at work, she saw a program on TV showcasing the beauty of the Matanuska Valley. When my dad got home, she told him, “Let’s move to Alaska! I don’t want my kids to grow up not seeing snow.” Two months later, we were on the road. And about 6 weeks later, we rolled into Palmer, looking for watermelon!
She had the amazing foresight to include an apartment “for the gardener” in the house. As it turns out, I moved into the apartment in 1995 when she began having symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. So I was able to care for her until she moved into the next world in 2011.
But there is a problem with rhubarb. It’s so sour you can’t really eat it without sweetening it. I used to make rhubarb pie,rhubarb jam, rhubarb sauce, and rhubarb crisp — all with TONS of sugar to make it tangy rather than downright sour.
However, as I’ve improved my diet over the years, I’ve become more and more reluctant to consume the empty calories of processed sugar.
But hold on — it's not hopeless! We just need to use a naturally sweet, whole-food sweetener to avoid the empty calories of processed sugar.
So once again — dates to the rescue!
It has taken a bit of experimenting, but I’ve come up with some pretty tasty recipes. The easiest of all is rhubarb “jam” with only 2 ingredients, or 3 if you count the water.
(Yield: about 2 cups)
I’ll include some other recipes for rhubarb in my upcoming cookbook, which we hope to have out in the fall.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve discovered some other healthy ways to eat rhubarb — without using processed sugar. (Click the "Comments" text below to leave a comment.)
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.