Vanilla flavoured Ice Kenkey
Ice Kenkey reminds me of Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards. Ruthless pragmatism, power and sheer ambition to transform the ordinary into something special. Kenkey, I have written about before is a mere staple. By their very nature staples are easily accessible, plentiful enough to keep prices reasonable for the very poor, but versatile enough to transform into a rather sophisticated and satisfying meal.
In the House of Cards, one of my all time favourite American TV political dramas, I watched as a US Congressman, with his equally ambitious wife on his side, manipulate his way from Congressman Frank J Underwood to Vice President of the U.S.A. Of course that was not enough. Just a heart beat away from the Presidency, he used every piece of guile and “politricks” available to him to craftly engineer a vote for impeachment of his boss, the President. He then as Vice President took over the reins of his country after his boss resigns.
I found myself disliking President Frank Underwood, but secretly admired his “win at all cost” attitude and his political talent. Often, just when I begin to think he’s been cornered by his political foes he does a Harry Houdini and wrangles himself out of whatever straitjacket they put him in. In the series, he had 18 months after he becomes President Underwood to then make his mark in the White House before Presidential elections. For a man like Underwood you can bet every minute, hour, day and month of those 18 months is simply time and opportunity to consolidate his power and grip on the White House to win the next elections.
An ordinary man indeed with an extra ordinary ability to extend himself to becoming a lot more than what he really is, a mere staple. Ice Kenkey is fancy. Why? Add evaporated milk and sugar and you take it out of Congress to the White House. Add vanilla flavouring and it punches above its weight beyond the stratosphere. Like power, this refreshing drink corrupts and could become borderline addictive. Not that, that bothers me particularly. Addiction never bothered Frank Underwood. It seemed to propel him to high places instead.