I cooked steaks tonight (at $26 a kilo!). What I really, really wanted was some A1 sauce.
So I Googled it. I found two recipes. One was insanely complex with 30 ingredients, including some I'd never heard of, and the other was pretty simple. Obviously I tried the simple one, and obviously it didn't work at all.
What I wound up with was a brown sauce that tasted like oranges. I honestly have no idea why I thought it would produce anything vaguely like the real thing, but it was a cheap and easy hope for a while. I guess we can all fool ourselves when something important is on the line.
Meanwhile, it's back to convincing myself to spring for that $30 bottle from the USA store.