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If you thaw your food in the fridge it is safe to add additional ingredients and re-freeze, but the quality will probably suffer. Don't thaw outside the fridge. You're better off freezing the new ingredients and combining them when you're ready to heat and serve them. Do your best to freeze as quickly as possible and with as little air in the containers as ...


Camouflage with tomatoes. Re the floral - could be the bay, or maybe store bought vegetable stock. If you have some that you did not use you could taste it and see. Sometimes store-bought stock has some weird off flavors. Re disguising it - I think tomato is a good flavor with ham / split pea or at least not a bad flavor. Try adding some tomato paste or ...


Hard to know what you're tasting, but most likely the bay leaf.

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