Thursday, August 21, 2008

Notable & Unexpected: "Pressure Cooker" As a Kitchen Appliance Not a Metaphor

"I'm walking towards the kitchen and realize just how much I miss that old house. How much I miss coming home from school or work and taking in all of the aromas from my Mother's kitchen. Opening the front door to that familiar hisssssss of the pressure cooker competing with Telemundo full blast on the tv. Sitting there with Dad, watching the news, waiting in anticipation for that "ping" from the Hitachi, the Cuban Dinner Alarm." — Val Prieto, "Ropa Vieja and Steak Sandwiches," Babalú, August 21, 2008


"Pressure cooker" is mentioned by Val without reference to Cubans on the island.

Is it too optimistic to hope that the "rivers of blood" will dry up too?

Progress, anyway.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is a pressure cooker?

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

"Pressure cooker" is a metaphor for cutting off humanitarian assistance to Cubans because Castro doesn't put enough pressure on them. Supposedly this additional pressure will cause the "ball-less" Cubans to rise in arms without arms and drown their enemies in rivers of their (own) blood.

This mindset is based on the belief that Cubans on the island are Castro's collaborators and Cubans in Miami are his victims.

Anonymous said...

I just purchased a Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker.

This Swiss made wonder cooks black beans in a 1/2 hour with no soaking!

Anonymous said...

Unless you cook them on the stove for at least 3 hours, they are not real Cuban black beans.

Vana said...

So Val recognizes that a pressure cooker is for cooking..WOW!! will wonders ever cease!! thank God he didn't apply it this time to our brethen.

Vana said...

Anon 10:50

My momther has been cooking black beans in a pressure cooker since the 1950's in Cuba, Cuban women who practically lived in the kitchen back there realized how much a pressure cooker could cut their time in the kitchen.

Vana said...

lol...mother*..sorry

Fantomas said...

X

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

This is your most enlightening comment to date.

The brevity is exquisite and the thought has not been sacrificed to it.

Anonymous said...

Manuel said: This mindset is based on the belief that Cubans on the island are Castro's collaborators and Cubans in Miami are his victims



Val is just parroting the hard right wing line from the Cuban-American congressional delegation. Starving millions of Spanish speaking human beings is something that America's anglo right wing would enjoy doing throughout Latin America.

Fantomas said...

$%&)?"?

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

Now you are going too far. How dare you thus abuse my good-will! I may have to put you in The Madhouse for that last comment. Shame on you!

Fantomas said...

7

Fantomas said...

He is vacationing in one of them

Fantomas said...

My text message is almost ready

Ms Calabaza said...

"Manuel A.Tellechea said...
fantomas:

This is your most enlightening comment to date.

The brevity is exquisite and the thought has not been sacrificed to it."

MaT,
I'm sitting in a Panera and started laughing out loud at this comment of yours ... hard to explain to all the total strangers giving me looks at the moment!

Fantomas said...

What is Rich?

5 million

How many houses do you own?

7 and need one more

Poor Manuel , You only have One House

You Did not achieve the American Dream according to your boy John Mac

Consider yourself a loser

I'm Fantomas and I approve this message

Fantomas said...

Calabaza cuantas casas usted es dueña de?

Anonymous said...

Es Manuel un loser?

rick said...

How many houses does Val own?

Fantomas said...

I just got my text message

It is Bayh from Indiana

Ms Calabaza said...

Fantomas,

I was brought up to look up to people who work hard, take risks and are able to do with THEIR money as they wish. I was taught not to be envious but to strive for more and then; when I have my share I can do as I wish. I can be as philantropic as I want to be or as superficial or materialistic as I choose to be because I EARNED it. You know what, I honestly don't know how many I own because between my husband and I we own various rental properties ... and he is the businessman in the family. How 'bout them apples, my friend...?

Fantomas said...

Of course when millions of people are homeless or losing their primary home it is not a good thing to disclose how many houses you can have. This is one of the reasons why Americans are so hated around the world. That perception will not change with Cain in his eight house. We need someone more closely to the people. What does Mc Cain know about a bad economy. He doesnot have have that kind of a problem with 8 houses, millions in income and a rich wife. Poor people, homeless people WILL CONTINUE TO BUY BOOZE AND BEER from his wife

More power to john and cindy they work so hard , yeah right

Fantomas said...

Manuel take this

"##$$%$&/)=??&&&]**$%#%##$#"

Ms Calabaza said...

... sorry, I meant "philanthropic" ... class envy p^sses me off so!

Fantomas said...

Calabaza muchos dicen que en america la riqueza esta mal repartida.

Claro yo no soy quien para decir quien coge cuanto

Realmente pienso que el que mas trabaje debe ser recompensado

Pero tambien debe existir la compasion por los menos afortunados

Too many people losing their primary homes these days

Time to end the Iraq War, enough is enough, that money should remain here not in iraq, sorry I went overboard with this subject

I'm fantomas and I approve this message

lol

Fantomas said...

Class warfare is a crime

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for an olla de presion

Where can I get one

I pay top dollars

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

There once was a guy who said that you could own only one house though he himself came to "own" (actually, occupy) hundreds of them. In fact, it is rumored that he never slept in the same house twice.

Both Barack Obama and John McCain make under $200,000 a year as U.S. senators. It is their respective wives who account for the bulk of their income.

Perhaps you should consider an advantageous marriage yourself and I don't mean the dowager with 13 kids who gets $1600 a month in food stamps.

Fantomas said...

There once was a guy who said that you could own only one house though he himself came to "own" (actually, occupy) hundreds of them

Te equivocas fidel es el dueño de TODAS LAS CASAS DE CUBA , TODAS

Anonymous said...

Mansuelo you're a dope.

Obama made his money by selling books.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

The houses that Fidel claims for himself are the mansions. The hovels he is more than pleased to let the people inhabit.

Anonymous said...

As bad as those hovels are, they're to good for the monkeys that are lest on that miserable island.

Did you see that ape kick the ref?

The chinks should shoot the animal.

Angel Garzón said...

Anonymous 4:19 PM, you need serious help, I hope and pray that you are not in the slightest respect Cuban, you sound like a redneck from the Old South, do us all a favor, either get with the program, or shoot yourself.