I have posted a bit on CH, and am known among my friends and co-workers as a pretty decent cook/hostess. Last weekend we spent the day at an out of town friends' home through dinner. We had agreed ahead of time to have dinner at home, this couple has been married a very long time, doesn't have children, doesn't cook too often. I volunteered to make latkes (potato pancakes), butter cookies and chopped liver for the dinner, as this would be a Chanukah celebration. All they had to prepare was some kind of main dish.
So, we arrive at their home about 11:30 a.m. expecting to go out for some lunch, a little shopping or visiting, etc. The friend's husband shoves a 5 lb. RAW brisket at me and says, please make this for dinner. I was a little taken aback. These people may have a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with state of the art appliances, but they are not cooks and I lacked quite a few major ingredients and tools. Anyone who has ever made a brisket knows you need to make it the day before, so you can de-fat the meat and de-grease the juices. We were planning dinner at 6:30 p.m. I knew I had to quickly get that brisket into the oven, and tried to make do with bouillon cubes (yech!), no celery, no chile sauce, less than perfect ingredients. Then the friend's husband stood over her to ensure she was taking notes (and pictures!) so she can replicate the recipe. AND complained that we didn't get out to lunch till 1:30 (by the time I browned the onions and the brisket, made the sauce, etc).
Truthfully, I felt like a schmuck. I should have put my foot down and had them get a flank steak or something way easier. Anyone been in a similar situation? This is your time to vent!