Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade; meanderings

Similar to a Satay, this slightly spicy marinade goes well with pork or chicken.

For maximum flavor, poke the pork with a fork after adding the marinade to allow it to penetrate the meat.

We had thin chops for a change,and they cook quickly.

Try not to overcook pork as it can get quite dry.

The food police have concurred that slightly pink is now preferred for pork.

Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 – 4 pork chops, 12oz (360gr) total weight if boneless
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tbs sesame or walnut oil
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Sauce


  • Mix all ingredients for marinade and pour over chops.
  • Let marinate for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Cook on barbecue for 5 – 8 minutes a side or until done. Slightly pink is preferred – take a peak 
  • Or fry in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat the same amount of time.
  • Serve.

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Back to the dining room….

This is what it looked like once we got the boxes and furniture out of the way so we, er, I mean, mon mari could start.

It was the first time we had opened that cupboard…. There were old shoes and stockings and aprons and blouses in there. Since the last person living in the house was an old man I have no idea how long the stuff had been in there.


The fireplace had undergone an interesting modification at some point. Traditional fireplaces in this area are very shallow, with no hearth. Apparently it didn’t draw well.

As the chimney no longer went all the way to the top, and we weren’t planning on using it anyway, mon mari dismantled it.

As you can tell, it had been well-used at one point.


The easy stuff was done – wall paper stripped, walls patched and painted.

It was time to tackle the floor.

Note that on the right side of the photo the framing boards are resting on the old floor. Heading toward the left side they are resting on blocks of steadily increasing size.

We wanted a level floor…..

The good news was there was plenty of room for insulation around the outer walls..


Once the floor was done he built shelves inside the cupboard and refinished the doors.

Then it was time to make the fireplace pretty, if not usable.


It is now a decorative fireplace.


We moved the furniture in and invited some friends to celebrate.


And this is the view from the other corner on a normal day.


And that’s the dining room….

Where the dogs got trapped the other day.

Last update on August 17, 2015

4 thoughts on “Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade; meanderings”

  1. The floor-leveling is amazing work. Have been in a few houses where your husband’s talent would be much appreciated. We nearly rented a 15th C. house/barn in Germany once, beautiful half-timber building, but Lawdy walking across the living room upstairs made us feel like we’d had one too many Schnapps.

    • Dan,all of the rooms but the den (which was tiled concrete) were like that. We had to be careful with the Schnapps.Of course, there were the bits where the boards had just rotted away. Had to be careful of those too.Old houses…. Sigh….

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