Miles Davis – probably the greatest jazz musician ever to walk the Earth, the man who changed the course of popular music more than once, one of the best dressed men of the 20th Century and of course, the creator of the finest chili known to man.
Whilst others have written much about Davis, his music, his attitude, his clothes and his inclination to be very rude to Nancy Reagan (more on that later), fewer have written about his ability to create a storm in the kitchen. We’ve previously featured cookery advice from the stars with Vincent Price showing us how to pickle mushrooms.
Here at VoEA Heights we like to mess around with new recipes especially on a weekend so here’s a little something you may want to try if you’re stuck for ideas for dinner tonight.
Miles Davis’s South Side Chicago Chili Mack
¼ lb. suet (beef fat)
1 large onion
1 lb. ground beef
½ lb. ground veal
½ lb. ground pork
Salt and pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin seed
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can beef consommé
1 drop red wine vinegar
3 lb. spaghetti
Put on a Miles Davis album of your choice.
Melt suet in large heavy pot until liquid fat is about an inch high. Remove solid pieces of suet from pot and discard.
In same pot, sauté onion.
Combine the meats in a bowl; season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin.
In another bowl, season kidney beans with salt and pepper.
Add the meat to onions; sauté until brown.
Add kidney beans, consommé, and vinegar; simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
Add more seasonings to taste, if desired.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions, and then divide among six plates.
Spoon the meat mixture over each plate of spaghetti.
Top with Parmesan and serve oyster crackers on the side.
Open a Heineken.
Serves 6 people
Now, while you’re sat around the table enjoying your mighty fine chili you can impress your guests even more with this amusing (and possibly apocryphal) tale from when Miles Davis was invited to the White House for dinner in 1987 by the then president Ronald Reagan. A number of the guests seemed nonplussed as to whom Davis was – eventually Nancy Reagan turned to him to ask what it was he had done with his life to justify an exclusive invite to dinner at the White House. Davis replied: “Well, I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?”
Enjoy your dinner.