Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, but did you know it is also the most economical?
Take this dip, for example. I whipped it up after falling in love with something similar but financially ruinous to buy. All it took was a quick squizz at the ingredients on the bottom of the tub it came in, a bit of experimenting with quantities and before you knew it I had something just as good. Better, even. If only I could manage the same trick with shoes...
Blue cheese and walnut dip
This is barely a recipe - there are three ingredients and about 30 seconds worth of method - but I urge you to down tools and make it.
150g cream cheese, at room temperature
50g blue cheese (a fairly tangy, crumbly one is best)
50g walnut halves, broken up with your fingers
Put everything in a small bowl and mash together with a fork until it is a homogenous mass. Good with celery sticks or robust crackers. Alternatively, spread it on some toasted wholegrain bread, top with slices of pear and stick it until the grill until bubbly. Keep anything you don't use at once in the fridge, covered, for up to a week.
What's your favourite copycat trick at the moment?