Pork chops with mashed potatoes and mushrooms

Today’s lunch is a bit different because it has its roots back home. Looks like a very usual Romanian Sunday lunch.

My family was asking for mashed potatoes so I was thinking to make something that reminds us our childhood, our mother’s or grandmother’s dishes.

I always cook Sunday more because I love to have some leftovers for Monday’s lunch, that’s why I have made 6 portions.

Ingredients ( 6 servings )

1 piece of boneless pork chop, cut in 12 slices

8 large white potatoes

20 large white mushrooms ( or 2 casseroles of  200 gr )

3 tbsp barbecue sauce

2 tbsp tomato sauce

100 ml white wine ( sauvignion blanc )

salt, black pepper, garlic powder

3 tbsp sour cream for the potatoes

extra virgin olive oil

canola oil

Oil a glass tray with canola oil and place the pork chops. Season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add 100 ml of wine and 100 ml of water.

Let them cool for 15 minutes while preheating the oven to 350 F. Bake them for about 40 minutes. After 20-30 minutes add the barbecue sauce mixed with a bit of water and bake for 10 more minutes.

Peel the potatoes and cut them in thin round pieces. Add them to a skillet and cover them with water. Add a bit of salt.  Boil them until soft.

Meantime, peel the mushroom and place them in a small tray. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper and 2 tbsp tomato sauce. Toss lightly and bake them for 20 minutes.

When potatoes are soft, drain the water and mash them. Add the sour cream ( or butter if preferred ) a bit of salt if still needed and keep them coverd in the stove to keep them warm until the table is set up.

And if you have kids who hate mushrooms 🙂 you can enjoy the meal without them …

Bon Appetite !!!


Three types of beans with English Sausages

My best recipe ever. Do you want to know why ? Because haven’t cooked it myself … but together with my daughter. Actually I just gave her the instructions and stayed with her in the kitchen and I enjoying her cooking and a glass of white wine. I didn’t even photographed the food myself … She did all : food, the pictures, setting up the table … What an indulgence …

However, I do believe this is one of  the best comfort dinner for a cold and rainy fall day, when all you want is to feel cozy and  close to your dear ones while watching a good movie…

Ingredients ( 4 servings )

500 g English Sausages ( 8 small pieces )

1 can Fave Beans

1 can White Kidney Beans

1 can Red Kidney Beans

( all the cans are 450 ml big )

1/2 can (820 ml ) tomato sauce

3 tbsp Barbecue Sauce

Salt, black pepper, garlic powder

1 bay leaf

Canola oil

Fresh basil to garnish

First, heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a grill tray with canola oil and place the sausages.

Bake them for about 30-40 minutes. After approximately 20 minutes turn them on the other side.

Heat a skillet over the medium heat. Add 3 tbsp canola oil. When hot add the beans.

When the beans are hot add the tomato sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and the bay leaf.

Give them a light stir and cook for 2 more minutes reducing the heat to low.

Add the barbecue sauce and turn off the heat …

Set up the table and enjoy your special comfort meal.

It can be served with Sauerkraut or Sweet dill pickles and garnish with fresh basil …


Bon Appetite !!!