I have a wonderful friend named Ana, and she is the type of person who you could chat with about anything. She’s cheerful and fun and curious about all of the things I love to talk about. She is perfect for a chatty girl like myself. She is the sort of person who makes you feel like you’re best friends with her, but….you’re pretty sure she makes everyone feel like that- 😅
Thanks to instagram, I discovered Ana’s secret weapon/talent/love of cooking, and I am here to broadcast it to the world📢. Below, Ana shares about her love affair with food and a pound cake recipe. I hope you love it! and feel free to add your name to her list of best friends here.
I love food. I’ve always been a fan of food. I was the sort of food-obsessed kid that would journal about exceptional meals and kept a mental catalogue of all of my “life changing” food experiences.
When it comes to where my ardent devotion for food comes from, there is the question of nature vs nurture I guess. My dad is originally from Greece and his mother, my YiaYia is one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. A colleague of my husband said of Greeks the most important factors to being Greek are: family, food and laughing loudly. That feels right to me. Add to that the fact that I grew up in the south with a healthy dose of southern cooking and hospitality and my love of food seems inevitable.
One of my favorite people as a child was my great grandmother. Her name was Emily Sloan but everyone called her Sloan. Growing up I can remember watching Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right or Little House on the Prairie with her and drinking Tang which she would proudly declare the astronauts even drank.
She was hilarious and had many choice sayings like “Well I’ll swan!” or “I wish I had a swing like that in my backyard!” or “It beats the hen ‘a pecking.” Or “As nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers.” Too many more to name. One of my early memories is of her oohing and aahing to my impromptu choreography and dancing around her small apartment. She was lively and warm with an infectious spirit with an enormous heart.
One of my grannie’s signature dishes was her pound cake. She made it in a bundt pan and would make it a little underdone so it was extra soft. It is a pretty simple recipe but you definitely wanna grease it generously or be prepared for it to stick. Though it does taste quite good even if it sticks.
I paired it with some fresh sliced peaches bathed in diluted apricot jam and crème fraîche sweetened with powdered sugar and a dash of pink sea salt.
While my family and I were visiting my parents in Texas having what my dad likes to refer to as “an eating vacation” we made and ate at least one every day! As Grannie would say, “I could eat my weight in that!” We surely did try to.
Sloan’s Pound Cake
2 C. Sugar
1 C. Butter-Softened
2 C. Flour
2 tsp Vanilla extract
Generously grease & flour Bundt Pan.
Cream Butter & Sugar; Add Eggs 1 at a time beating constantly. Add Vanilla & then add flour gradually. Pour batter into pan. It will be thick so you can spoon it in if you want.
Bake @ 325 for 45 minutes or until top starts getting brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
Thank you for sharing Emily Sloan and her recipe, Ana! Please invite us over for lunch soon. ☺️