Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Quiet Morning


First, I want to let you all know that Miss Kylee loved her birthday wishes and thanks all of you for making her 10th birthday a special one!

The past several days have been stressful ones at my house, sometime when I'm not trying to dig my way out of all I have to do, I'll share with you how difficult it can be to settle an estate.  Thankfully my sister "M" and I see eye to eye on what needs to be done in order to sell my parent's house, and we work together to get those things done, but we aren't the ones in control, so it's a lot like driving from the back of a bus which is barreling headlong toward a very large cliff!




On Saturday evening, Mr. Tide and I found ourselves alone, since our son Bugs had gone to visit his sister Angelfish for the weekend.

After photographing a group of therapy dogs, plus a pot belly pig, and their handlers for a magazine story in the early afternoon, I asked Mr. Tide if he wanted to go on a date.  It had been awhile since we had been on a date that didn't involve a trip to Target followed by dinner at Panera, so he agreed that we were long overdue for a nice quiet dinner with just the two of us.




I knew right away where we should try and go, and phoned up the restaurant to make reservations for 7:15.  It's actually a small tea room located in a local antiques center, and it's called Cahil's Cafe.  The tea room itself has had several owners over the years, some good, some not so good, so when my daughter and I visited the restaurant for lunch a few months ago I wasn't really expecting that much, besides a good pot of tea.

It turns out that in between the last time I had visited nearly 8 months before and my lunch in late November, a new owner had taken over and it happened to be a woman I know.  Her name is Tammy, and she is not only a sweet person, but also a wonderful cook and caterer!  I ordered the chicken pot pie and it was to die for!  Everything about this chicken pot pie, from the delicate cream sauce, to the large chunks of white meat chicken all topped with a delectable buttery crust had me licking my lips and savoring every bite.





So last night, when the opportunity arose to go out to eat on one of the coldest evenings we've had all winter, I had pot pie on the brain, and not just any pot pie, but one from Cahil's Cafe!   Now in case you are wondering if this is a hugely biased review, please know that I only know Tammy because she used to work at several local stores that I've frequented for years, so we have no other connection except for the fact that she has me addicted to her chicken pot pie!

There are lots of yummy things on the menu at Cahil's, but last night I convinced Mr. Tide to trust me on this one and to order the pot pie as well, since it was his first time visiting the restaurant.  He did and was instantly hooked as well.  We both enjoyed a fresh green salad with homemade dressing, homemade rolls, and that delicious pot pie, which was perfect for such a cold evening.  Our server was originally from the UK, and as I sipped my hot tea and listened to her wonderful accent, for a moment I felt as though I had been transported back to York, England for a lovely evening in a quaint tea room...sigh!

When it came time for dessert, we looked at one another and said that we were both way too full and satisfied to push ourselves from bliss to gluttony, so we took a pass.  We did however ask if they had any fresh made scones that we could take home and save for Sunday morning's breakfast.




So this morning, after such a stressful couple of days, I woke up to this yumminess!  I made myself a cup of tea while Mr. Tide warmed the scones, then I dolloped a generous amount of cream and lemon curd onto a plate and the two of us sat down to enjoy a quiet breakfast filled with idle chit chat and lots of mumbled M'm, M'm, good because these were truly delicioso!  

Mr. Tide has never been big on scones, lemon curd, or the whole tea thing, but I think I've made him a believer after this morning!  And I know it won't take any arm twisting to get him to go back to Cahil's Cafe for another yummy pot pie, I just hope it doesn't take us 2 months before we go again!

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods today!

23 comments:

  1. So glad you took time to go on a date. Couples need that time to just chill together. That is too funny you taking pics of a pot bellied pig!

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  2. Sounds wonderful. The pot pie, the new (old) restaurant, and a real date. I wonder what that would be like.

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  3. Goodness on all counts. Those scones look so delish!
    xo Cathy

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  4. That looks good - I would go out for a cream tea in a quaint shop in Bath if any were open now!

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  5. I love chicken pot pie too - and you have almost given me a full-scale craving. What a lovely date and sounds like just what you needed.

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  6. So cold today... a pot pie would be one of those foods that just warms you to your toes from the inside out. Instead we will be having burritos... ole!

    Sure do like that little Jersey creamer! Just nothing but cute!

    Di

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  7. Love chicken pot pie!!! Now, I'm hungry! So nice that you and your hubby were able to have a nice evening together!

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  8. Hi Kat - I know that "driving from the back of the bus" feeling only too well. Lucky you have your sister on side. Hope you manage to find the detour before you get to the cliff! Cahil's Cafe looks like a gem of a restaurant and the menu - to die for. We often get "takeaway" scones when we visit our favourite breakfast spot on the lake. I can never make scones that taste as delicious. Love also the "script" and "postcard" textures you used - more for my ever growing textures file! Can't wait to try them out. ;)Sharyne

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  9. I'd pencil in --no, make that in ink--on the calendar for next Sat., 7:15, Cahil's Restaurant. Sounds like you had a lovely time with WONDERFUL food. Your posted pictures would make anyone's mouth water. I think it's time to head toward the kitchen and "bake" something. :) Mickie

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  10. That sounded like a wonderful evening an morning Kat. I am so glad that you got a chance to get out and just be together. I hope that things go well this week for you and move forward.

    Pot belly pig huh? How adorable!!! :)

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  11. When a body is needing comfort...nothing beats a well made pot pie...and a cute guy to share it with!
    Debbie

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  12. Scones! oh be still my heart (not literally) I love them.. and occasionally allow myself to make a batch, problem is I will eat the majority of them....and regret it....I am so glad that you had a wonderful time!....smiles.

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  13. What a clever idea to have the dessert the next morning - turns a date nto a getaway!

    More and more I love staying put, but I would travel a long way to have something as personal, delicious and comforting as that pot pie.

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  14. Kat,
    The scones, cream and lemon curd are beautiful!
    I've been kind of away....belated Happy Birthday to Miss Kylee!

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  15. Love that you had a fun date night with Mr. Tide, and the yummy morning scone sounds perfect too! I just love those darling little sugar cubes, I never think to pick some of them up when I'm out. They look like the raw sugar ones, love that! At least you know how to recharge beautifully after enduring a few stressful (and I'm sure aggravating)days. Hang in there Kat! Hugs ~Lili

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  16. "Date Night" is very important, no matter how long we've been married. That chicken pot pie looks soooo yummy!

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  17. I make one that my kids love but I have been dying to go there. Get through this week with ease and grace.

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  18. Sounds sooo delicious! I'm so glad you two got a date night together. You deserve it!
    Brenda

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  19. Well Kat you hit on two of my favorites, chicken potpie and scones. Sounds like you and Mr. Tide had a wonderful stress reliever evening and breakfast. Enjoy.

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  20. Sounds like you and Mr. Tide had an absolutely wonderful date!! I love the pictures!

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  21. hi
    I have just come to your blog and I have only one word to describe it FABULOUS.....
    I am adding you to my side bar...
    hope it ok with you

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  22. I so want to live your life.

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  23. I love it when you find a great place to eat. we have a restaurant called Lil Bit's that is delicious.

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