Around midnight before an all day holiday function at a close friends house, I was talking to another guest that said she was making chocolate cake to bring. The next day we all go over to start with brunch and end with an early dinner. We sit down for brunch and I see the other guest Mary, has made my signature dish. One that I was so well known for I actually used to sell it, as it was a bit difficult to make and time consuming as well and when she asked for the recipe way before, I gladly gave it.
I was bothered by the deception involved but didn't say anything, nor did I say anything when I bit into it and found it really, really bland. Yes, her presentation was prettier than mine, I would have liked to have taken a picture, but when dish'es were being cleared I saw many others hadn't finished what was on their plate. Hours later, when several others were talking about how hungry they were, the leftovers still sat on the table uneaten. I had opened my mouth a couple times to say something like, "I thought you were making a chocolate cake" but then I would close my mouth, as their really wasn't anything to say. It was a fail and stood on it's own. Such karma.
Later when the ackwardness of realizing the host's were not putting the meat in the oven or getting anything ready for dinner and one other guest kept saying how tired the host's were from a previous nights hosting, we kinda figured out they had decided brunch was enough and dinner was cancelled, even though the host's had shown off the meat that was supposed to be cooked earlier. As we were leaving I asked if they would mind if I took one of the pies I had brought and was told it was my contribution. Since I was hungry, cranky from lack of food and confused over the whole mess, I left pie less.
I realize now that the dinner may have been cancelled because I got blamed for that fiasco. Mary had been the SO of one of my family members and then under deceit became the SO of the host's family member. Some recipes I don't share. For the one's I do, I am just as careful giving them out as I am counting out money, I make sure it's true and correct.
So yes, if you don't follow someone's recipe to a t, don't blame them if it doesn't turn out right!