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Maple & cognac marinated pork chops, served with a parsnip & potato mash, some latest awards & the pay it forward package!!

maple & cognac marinated pork chops + a potato & parsnip mash!
I love this lovely & delicious recipe. It is easy too. This is a true fall recipe. Parsnips are just coming in season. Parsnips are very underestimated vegetables in Belgium.
I posted this recipe on my friend’s Brittany’s blog/ Real sustenance: Event Seasonal Sunday’s!
Click onto the link to find out more about it!
Recipe: For 2 persons
2 thicker pork chops, cleaned, no bone & no fat
** For the marinade:
120 ml of cognac, I use Courvoisier cognac is gluten-free
60 ml of maple syrup
1 heaped tablespoon of Dijon mustard
3 fat garlic cloves, peeled & finely cut up
sea salt
grinned fresh black pepper
** For the parsnip & potato mash:
600 gr of potatoes, peeled , washed & cut into 4
400 gr of parsnips, peeled, washed & cut into smaller pieces, the hard wooden nerve on the inside, cut off
sea salt
grinned black pepper
freshly grated nutmeg
a splash of heated milk
a bit of soy baking margarine

1. Take a large Ziploc bag. Clean your pork chops & cut away the fat. Score your pork with 3 or 4 semi cuts/ don’t cut the pork through,…you just want the marinade to soak in your pork. Place the pork chops in the bottom of your Ziploc bag.
2. Make the marinade. Take all the ingredients for the marinade & place them into the bag. Add some sea salt & a few grinds of black pepper to taste. Mix well with a spoon. Close the zip from the bag & place into a fitted bowl for when there is leakage. Place into the fridge for at least 4 to 12 hours! I marinated for 7 hours.
3. When you want to make dinner, take the pork chops out of the fridge. Lift the pork out of the marinade & save the marinade. Boil the potatoes until al dente & cooked through. Drain well. Mash. In the meantime, boil the parsnip pieces until al dente in boiling acid water. That prevent the parsnips of becoming brown. This will take about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain well. Mash together with the potatoes & add some heated milk, baking margarine, sea salt, grinned black pepper, some freshly grated nutmeg. The mash has to taste fab!
5. Now, fry the pork chops in some baking margarine, until rosé on the inside. Adjust the heat if necessary because the meat will caramelise & can burn easily!! This will take about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Wrap the pork chops in aluminium foil to rest for 5 minutes or so & to keep them warm. So, that the meat will be juicy & tender. In the meantime, boil the marinade until it is a bit thicker. If it is not the right consistency, add 1 tablespoon of maïzena express. (this is cornstarch )Let the sauce boil for 1 minute to thicken & whisk well because you don’t want any lumps!
6. Plate up, with a medium cooking ring on the middle of the plate & fill up with mash. Level the top with a knife & remove carefully the ring. Slice the rested meat in thinker slices & place round the mash. Laddle the sauce around & on top of the meat & enjoy!!

Now, some latest awards!

Recently, I received 2 awards!

I got the friendship award from my friend, Rebecca @ Chow & Chatter. She has a cool food blog. She is a true Brit, lives in the USA & has a lovely Indian husband & a little girl.
She cooks, bakes mostly healthy but with an Indian twist from time to time,…Go check her out!

I will give this award to:
1. Kerstin@ Cake, batter& bowl, she cooks & bakes mostly healthy but with a twist!! MMM,…
2.Recipegirl @Recipe girl: absolutely never fail recipes!! I learn a lot!
3. Jessica & Lon &@ Foodmayem, from New York, New York! They inspire me all the time & they teach me a lot of new food products, techniques, etc.!!
4. Michelle @ Chocolate & marmalade tea. She has become a true friend in every way,..we completely understand each other & her food is great! She writes with enthusiasm!!
5. Sophie@ Les bonheurs de Sophie who lives in Luxembourg. She cooks & bakes healthy but so apart too! Every recipe is made without cow’s milk but with sheep’s milk or goat’s milk!

I also received this One lovely blog award from my friend, Kristen @ Passion4eating
She mostly cooks & bakes healthy food. I learn a lot of her.


I will give this award to:
1. Ellie @ Almost Bourdain. Her food is international. Cool food!
2. Christie @ Christie’s corner. I just love her excellent recipes! Her pictures are excellent too!
3. Esme @ Chocolate & croissants. She makes lovely food!
4. Gloria @ Canela’s kitchen recipes. She makes fab food & real foodies desserts!
5. Angel in the kitchen. She cooks & bakes with enthusiasm & I love her food!

Now, for something completely different!

A while ago, I received a pay it forward package from Lorraine aka Not Quite Nigella from Sydney, Australia.
I will have to do the same to 3 other persons. They will have to do the same,etc.
You, my foodies friends, told me in that post if you would like to do the same to 3 other persons.

I chose these 3 persons:
1. Jamie @ Life’s a feast, who lives in France.
2. Kat @ Food good to eat who lives in Tallinn, Estonia.
3. Christine @ Christine cooks who lives in Trinidad, California, USA

Could you 3 leave me a message @
That is my email, with your full names & addresses, please.
Thanks!! I love to hear from you 3 soon!!

Bye bye for now & enjoy your awards!



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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

90 thoughts on “Maple & cognac marinated pork chops, served with a parsnip & potato mash, some latest awards & the pay it forward package!!

  1. Sophie! What fun and I can't wait for my pay-it-forward package from Brussels! Thank you very much. Already thinking of what I can send forward.And when I saw this recipe I immediately clicked on Print me! Fabulous flavors! Will try it with veal chops and maybe a sweet potato side! Perfect!

  2. Congrats on all the well deserved awards. Please remember us humble fellow bloggers when you are off on your cookbook tours =) This dish looks like the perfect winter meal. Alas the weather does not agree right now, but I know it will soon so I am going to have it on my list

  3. Dear Sophie a lot of thanks by the Award and congrats by yours, thanks, you are so sweet! and I really love the pork chops look delicious! thanks again, gloria

  4. It sounds great, Sophie! I only discovered parsnips last year, but I agree, it's underrated! Congrats on your award!And regarding your comment on my blog, yes, I agree, we should meet next time I'm in Brussels! I'll keep you informed!

  5. Sophie, this dinner looks so tempting & delicious ~ just the perfect meal for our fall nights here in the southeast part of the states. Congratulation on your much deserved awards and for your thoughtful 'paying them forward'. I love all of your creative post and always look forward to seeing what you are stirring up in your kitchen.

  6. What a grand fall feast – love the sauce. Would like it now – early in the morning in the USA. You just made me ravenous.

  7. Awww, thanks so much Sophie, your award made my day :)Love this meal! I agree parsnips are underrated, but your recipe sounds like the perfect way to enjoy them! And the pork chops sound perfect – yum!

  8. Gosh, this looks really excellent, Sophie! I have never done parsnips and potatoes either. Must try it!Wonderful marinade for the pork chops too! I don't cook nearly enough pork.

  9. Sophie, that is the epitome of winter comfort food! What I would give to have that for dinner tonight..or lunch for that matter! I usually only eat pork chops that are stuffed, but I'd scarf that plate down in a milli-second!

  10. These pork chops sound amazing Sophie! Love the mash too! Congrats on your awards! I love the Pay it Forward idea – I did the same thing but it was Paw it Forward for pets!

  11. Oh my gosh, Sophie!! Thank you so much! I just woke up from a nap. I stayed home with a terrible migraine all day (started last night) but now I am better and even better to see the beautiful words you've said about me (and you). You are just the sweetest friend!! I will post this on my next post! I love your recipes and your blog!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Thank you again and again!!xoxoMichelle and her kitties 🙂

  12. Thanks for the award. I am going to need to come over and spend some time reading these latest recipes.

  13. First of all, the combination of maple and cognac is brilliant!Thank you so much for the Pay it Forward award. I'm looking forward to receiving my package of goodies and then paying it forward to three others. You are such a dear, Sophie!

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