14 Days On Clear Fluids – and Build-A-Broth – Day Eleven – Recipe


Some times you just have to go for it.

276 hours (11.5 days) without solid food.

This is another of those learning experiences in life.  What came out of it is a pretty good broth, but perhaps an even better start of a soup for the future.  Along the bumpy road to those conclusions came a dishwasher full of dirty things, a counter top of spilled stuff, a very painful bout of self-control, and, oh, yes, a 3/4 full reused quart pickle jar of broth.

First lesson learned, coffee filters are good for filtering coffee. Small chunks of vegetables clog  up coffee filters really fast.  Second lesson learned, coffee filters are good for filtering coffee.  Even after removing the small chunks of vegetables, the really little bits of this and that from cooking clog up coffee filters really fast.  Third lesson learned, salvaging the liquid from a clogged coffee filter is really messy.  Fourth lesson learned, don’t do this.  The temptation to taste and nibble on the broth with its little chunks of onion, garlic and carrots before all the filtering happens is almost beyond human control.  Ninety percent of the really good stuff was filtered out.  Remember, the diet says “clear broth”.


2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 medium onion, minced

1 small carrot, diced finely

3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro, stems (or leaves)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 – 8 ounce can tomato sauce

2 – 15 ounce cans chicken broth, substitute vegetable broth for non-meat eaters

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste, or a lesser amount of ground cayenne


Over low heat, cook the onion, garlic, cilantro and carrots in the olive oil until soft.  When the vegetables are almost soft, add the oregano, basil, parsley and cook for two more minutes.  Stir in the chicken broth and tomato sauce.  Bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.  Stir in the cumin and red curry paste.  Simmer for another two minutes.

Strain the broth through a sieve or colander to remove the large pieces of vegetables.  Then filter the remaining liquid through paper towels or cloth to remove the finer pieces.

Things I’m missing day eleven,   ALDI’s Simms – “original smoked snack stick”.  They’re just about as good as their brand name competitor.  I’ve already hidden one next to the bread in the kitchen.

Three days to go.

Wishful thinking in the choice of a broth glass.


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