Pea soup recipe:
Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
Add the frozen peas and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for ten minutes.
Add the cream and use a hand blender to liquidise the soup.
Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve in a warm bowl, garnished with a mint leaf.
Oooh I love all the conspiricy theory's and I think at least one of you was actually correct!
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Twilight is not mine, evil plan to steal it is not in progress. Of course not.
I hear a happy squeal, it's clearly that traitorous Alice, who's supposed to be my friend. Several murderous thoughts enter my mind as I imagine her throwing back cocktails with some blonde bombshell that Edward's bought home with him. Disgusting of him to do such a thing, I narrow my eyes at the back of his head. I don't own him, but he just said those things that had me hoping.
Was this the surprise? It must be some cruel joke. Edward is still kneeling infront of me, after talking about us catching up. I look away as he turns to meet my eyes, I can't even look at him right now, I just want to scream and cry. The happiness and hope that had swelled inside of me has now deflated like a balloon.
"Can I let her in? Esme wouldn't be too pleased if she were to have an accident." Carlisle widens his eyes at the thought of it.
Confusion clouds my thoughts as I try to process what Carlisle has just said. A million questions swirl around my brain until it feels like it's turned to mashed potato.
A movement catches my eye and I turn in time to see Edward nod his head.
"I picked up a stray." He smiles and his teeth wink and sparkle like his eyes, yet underneath it all he looks nervous.
"Come on Tanya." Carlisle shouts back out through the door and opens it wider.
I was right and wrong because Tanya is blonde and beautiful, however Tanya is also a dog, a Labrador to be precise. I'm stunned and speechless and I'm so glad that I didn't open my stupid mouth too soon. I laugh uncontrollably to the bemusement of both men.
Tanya bounds in and nuzzles at Edward's legs, she then turns to me and sniffs my shoes, her tail wagging happily.
"One of my neighbours' abandoned her, I couldn't look after her with my hours."
"I'm not sure how you're expecting me to take care of her with my work Edward." Carlisle looks annoyed as he interjects over Edward.
"I'll look after her for you." It just comes out of my mouth and they both turn to look at me.
"Are you sure?" Edward's forehead creases as he looks at me.
"Yes. Of course." I nod to confirm.
"I'm going to leave you guys to it."
My eyes are still locked onto Edward's as I hear Carlisle leave through the squeaky door.
"Bella, I'm staying for the week and then I'm going to go back until your due date. I'll visit as often as I can and I'll file for my transfer when I go back. I'm just not sure how long it'll take to go through."
Tanya lays her head on my legs and I stroke her gently as I feel a tear run down my cheek.
"Hey, why are you crying?" Edward looks concerned and shocked.
"You shouldn't do that. Your career is important." I hiccup around a sob.
"And so is this." His hand hovers over my tummy. I glance at his face when he just leaves it there, he's asking permission to touch me.
I place my hand over his and push it gently onto my bump. I marvel at how much bigger his hand is than mine. His warm skin is nice under my palm.
"I'm not saying that this is going to be easy and I'm not expecting anything from you but I want to be here for you if you need me. I'd like to give this a try, if that's alright with you."
I nod, the warmth of his hand still against mine. It's comforting and sweet and each word is heavily laden with sincerity.
His eyes suddenly widen as I feel the baby move and kick. He pulls his hand away in surprise before he smiles and laughs, his eyes twinkling.
I laugh too as I realise that he felt it. That's the first time I've shared the babies movements, I didn't even realise that others could feel it yet. It feels special and almost perfect that he is the first.
Esme shouts out that it's time to eat and Edward puts his hand out to help me up. Tanya runs ahead of us as we make our way to the kitchen.
He stops immediately and looks back at me.
"Are you okay?"
I nod as I rifle through my bag. I find my iPad and flip the case open, just inside the little pocket are the scan photos. I pass them to Edward and he takes them carefully and looks at them. As I watch him I feel something stir inside of me, it's a mixture of emotions. I'm happy at how he's staring at the grainy image, it's like the baby is everything and I suddenly wish someone would look at me like that.
I sit next to Edward and we eat in comfortable silence. Esme looks like the cat that got the cream as she watches us. Carlisle doesn't even seem to notice anything, I wonder if Edward has told him. I make a mental note to ask him later.
I try to ignore Alice's piercing and questioning looks aimed at my head as we finish up and I help clear away. It's not long before she corners me.
"What?" I feel really cranky as she stares at me with her big eyes.
"I want to know everything." She draws out the last word dramatically.
"Not now. Everything is fine."
Alice narrows her eyes and I suddenly remember.
"Oh and we're going to have a dog staying with us next week." I turn away from her, using her surprise as my escape plan. It won't last long so I waddle as quickly as I can back to the others.
We all say goodnight as my yawning becomes a serious problem, Edward offers to make sure we get home but we both refuse politely before leaving. I don't miss Carlisle's expression as his eyes flit between me and Edward, as though he's only just seeing something.
I'm so glad we bought the car as I turn up the heat and snuggle into my seat, all thought of Carlisle's reaction disappear from my brain.
"You're dribbling on the upholstery Bella."
My eyes snap open to Alice's annoying face and I grumble at her before getting out and slouching inside. I get straight into bed after a quick brush of my teeth, the make up will have to wait.
That night I dream of Edward holding my hand as we skip through meadows with bare feet.