Monday, 28 September 2009

domestic sensualist



Months ago I was nattering on about something and I described myself as a domestic sensualist.  Several readers commented that it sounded like a good blog name . . . and so I filed it away in one of the dustier recesses of my brain.  Seeing that the world of blog is an ever-expanding universe, you just never know when you are going to need another blog, right?

Over the past year, I've gotten to know Julochka at Moments of Perfect Clarity -- and discovered someone who is a kindred spirit.  Well, she is a much more creative and prolific kindred spirit; so let's call her an inspiration, really.  We love lots of the same things -- especially food and books -- and then she loves even more things.   We are both rather greedy, really.

Like me, Julochka is a displaced American who has been exploring the world long before blogging made travel so easy.  Although she makes her home in Denmark, the place is too small to contain her.  Truly.  This summer, Julochka pioneered the concept of Blog Camp and I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend with her.  Not only did the experience totally DISPROVE my husband's belief that blog friends are not real friends (because they are), but it created this big bubbling energy that continues to impact my life in interesting ways.

Although Julochka speaks fluent Danish now, and has acquired a sense of irony and Scandinavian cool, she still retains that American zest -- and the openness to embrace new people and new ideas.  The woman is an absolute whirlwind of collaboration.  One evening, her fertile brain was spitting out ideas and she struck on the notion of the two of us starting a foodie blog . . . not just recipes, but also stories, and book reviews, and food politics, and, well, inspiration.

And so, we launch domestic sensualist today.  We will be posting every day this week, so Please come and visit us!

27 comments:

julochka said...

your intro much better than mine...so let the inspiration begin!!!! yay!!!

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Bee
Thank-You for sharing this information with your readers. I wish you and Julochka much luck on your new blog! I hope you will share some food history on your new blog and British cooking. :)
Tracy

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Fantastic idea! I will be stopping by. :)

ArtSparker said...

Congratulations on the new enterprise.

The Bug said...

I have two of the cookbooks you show - the Better Homes & Gardens (a MUST for the young bride in the south) & the New Basics. Problem is that I don't cook, really. That's my hubby's realm. I can reheat a mean pizza though.

I'll check out your new blog anyway - I might get inspired!

Dana

rxBambi said...

Wonderful idea! I'm heading there now and can't wait to see what you two come up with!

Anne said...

Well! This certainly turns my frown upside down. Heading over now!

marja-leena said...

What a fantastic name for a food blog, and what a wonderful story behind the collaboration! Congratulations, it looks great and is now on my list.

Agnieszkas Shoes said...

I love all things foodie, and with you writing about it, I can only imagine what a treat we're in for. Off to follow now. Very best with it. I'll send lots of friends along.

Any chance of an article about Tokaji?

Bee said...

Julochka - Too bad that we can't just spend all day writing . . .

Tracy - Good idea. I've been in England so long that I've adopted a lot of the native cuisine. I'm sure it would be interesting to American readers.

Alyson - I'm determined to make a foodie of you, my friend!

ArtSparker - Thanks. I would LOVE to know if you extend your prodigious creative talents to food.

The Bug - I can PROMISE that I only do simple recipes. Fall is a great time to start cooking!

rxBambi - Yea!

Anne - Continuing our always ongoing foodie conversation. But can I get some tips from you on how to photograph food?

marja-leena - Thanks so much.

Tabitha@ichoosebliss.net said...

Congrats!

Sarah Laurence said...

Sounds like a good meme for you. We have some of the same cookbooks.

Of course you can make friends through blogs - even if my son worried you might be an axe-murderer. No, no, not domestic serial killer but domestic sensualist - much better fit.

Christina said...

i adore you both. you are both truly, real friends, to me. and the new blog, looks wonderful!
xoxo

Merisi said...

Good luck to both of you! :-)


Love those Silver Spoon cookbooks - they grace my bookshelves too!

Dumdad said...

Bonne chance with your inspirational new venture!

Tessa said...

.............whoosh.

Bee said...

Thanks for all of the good wishes!

Kelly H-Y said...

How cool!!!

A Cuban In London said...

And I will be attending the launch. Is it a tux, or dress-down party? Or just casual? You know, chinos, loafers and jumper thrown over the shoulders in a Sean-Conneryesque style :-).

Greetings from London.

A Cuban In London said...

Hi, Bee, I just tried to leave a comment on your other blog, domestic sensualist but my keyboard froze and was not allowing me to leave any feedback. I went back but my internet server crashed. It might be something to do with my laptop so I will leave my comment here and you can copy it and paste it if you want to.

You've gone Alec Baldwin on me with that post about mushrooms. You know Alec's monologue in 'Glengarry Glen Ros' when he mentions AIDA. Well, you got my Attention, because I am very Interested in mushrooms, love them, really, and my Decision tonight will be to pass by my local market to purchase some so that I can bring them into Action :-).

I'll keep popping by and probably will try to leave a comment from my PC at home.

Greetings from London.

♥ Braja said...

YOu're the third person this week to mention this topic of friends on blogs, and I am reposting something I wrote on that almost a year ago.....and you earn a link from it :) I'll put it up on the weekend sometime...and now I'm heading to the Sensualist's. LOVE that name...:)

Polly said...

I love that name too. I've been lurking, but can't lurk too much because it's making me hungry... I love mushrooms...

Brilliant idea. Inspired by so many joint ventures in the blogosphere B and Polly will be starting a shared project too. We won't talk about food because neither of us knows much about cooking, unfortunately.

And speaking of B, we've been discussing a possibility of mini blog camp in Oxford on 28th November, what do you think?

Looking forward to catching up soon!

Px

Fantastic Forrest said...

Bee! This is wonderful. But I am very jealous about your BFF julochka getting to collaborate with you. You'd better not be toying with me about doing Blog Camp here in PDX next summer, or my heart will break.

And when I went over to the ds blog, I could feel my butt getting bigger just reading it. What's going to happen when I'm inspired to actually cook and eat? I'll probably swell up like the girl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Bee said...

Kelly - I hope you will be joining us.

A Cuban in London - The launch will be very casual. I, for one, will be wearing a flannel nightgown. And weren't J's mushroom pictures absolutely swoon-worthy? I had to go to the grocery store and get some . . . as I wasn't sure where to hunt for them!

Braja - Your post about the realness of blog friends really stands out in my mind. I know that "outsiders" think we are a bit nuts, but I'm sure that most bloggers have experienced what you are talking about.

Polly - I think: yes to Blog Camp in Oxford and joint projects! (I'll be in touch.)

FF - Just wait until we get to gingerbread. I made my third loaf today and the girls and I ate half of it before it was even cool. I am clearly going to be the one expanding in the name of research.
Mwah!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Wonderful!! Oh my gosh, so much to catch up on now. I'm so excited about your new blog :-)

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for starting this fabulous blog. Just love to read stories with food as the subject. Hope you will continue this for years to come. Can't wait for to read some more. See you soon.

julia said...

I like your cookbook pic - I have one too! I love seeing other people's books.