One of Errol's favorite meals!

14 May

Errol used to adore a very special meal! He would drop anything and everything when invited to this special meal!
This is a three part question.

1. What did this meal consisted of? 

2, Who cooked it?
3. Where did he go to eat it?

Have fun!

— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Beatrice Campbell
    Loch Lomond

  2. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Hi Robert;
    Now there is a dish I like Haggis!
    At my yacht club we have every year in January around his birthday on the 25th a Robby Burns Night and I wouldn't miss it for the world. The dancers and the bagpipes really are in my bones. I must have been Scottish in one of my former lives! I love Scottish entertainment – great exhilarating fun!
    Furthermore, you perfectly well know the answers to these three question! You are just a teaser like Errol! Who knows – you even might have the dates!
    Be serious and humor us or do us a favor and answer the questions, please!
    Take care,

  3. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 1:58 am

    And sully my reputation? I think not!

  4. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I don't think anything can stain your reputation!

  5. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Red wine has been known to.

  6. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 4:35 am

    You are bloody funny – you should be a comedian!

  7. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Tina, again, could you be more precise, at least as for the period? One reads about so many dishes and meals Errol enjoyed… I was in for oysters or for the famous chutney, he also enjoyed roast chicken or so many other things… maybe it'd help if you gave us the decade in which we are to look for this information. Thanks!

  8. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hi Tina,
    I was up in Ayrshire for a week at the back-end of last year, in and around the area where Burns lived. I visited the little cottage where he was born and for some reason all I could think about was Flynn… Burns was a drinker and a legendary womaniser too and there seemed to be many parallels between the two men – including Jamaica.
    best wishes,

  9. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Here are the correct anwsers to this week's quiz.
    1) Spaghetti Bolonese (like Mama used to make it)
    2) The chef
    3) “Pasta a la Bruno” (Rome, near the Fontana di Trevi)
    1) Steak and kidney pie
    2)”The Duchess” (Ida Lupina's mother)
    3) At her house

  10. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Brian;
    How wonderful to roam in Robby Burns footsteps, you are very lucky to do that. I always want to go to Scotland and see some of those places.
    Robby Burns was quite a character too, you are right and there is a resemblance in their style of drinking and woman. Robby Burns sure likes his whiskey old, but the woman young – I don't know?
    He most certainly was a fascinating man!
    Thanks for sharing your impressions and the fine trip you must have had!
    Take care,

  11. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Inga;
    All I know he lived in Mullholland and the place was not too far away from Mulholland. I have no dates, I just read this information in one of the books. I even would need to cram through my books to find where I have read it. It is something that stuck to my mind. It is just out of memory – I am sorry!
    I am trying to think what other hint I could give you! Yes, hear is a hint – it was not a fancy meal!
    Take care and good guessing!

  12. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Jan;
    You are close – but not quite correct.
    Keep thinking a little more!
    Take care,

  13. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Ok, I will keep browsing my books and you keep searching where you got it from :-)) Take special care!

  14. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Blood would flow

  15. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Personally connecting Flynn to all of this, I used to frequent The Cock & Bull in Hollywood in the early '80s, my favorite hangout and the very haunt where Flynn, Walsh, and others gathered to mourn Barrymore when the Great Profile died. I would often knock back porters with a pre-007 Timothy Dalton, and our mutual friend, the writer, John Hannah. It never failed that, after a few pints, Hannah–a Scot and Burns expert–and Dalton would begin challenging each other to recite from memory lines from the works of Burns. It was, to say the least, always a treat for me to sit back and take in the flow of colorful verse delivered dramatically and in full Scottish accent. Sadly, like its earlier renowned patrons, The Cock & Bull no longer exists. Thems were the days, fellow Flynnians, thems were the days.

  16. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Robert;
    Great story! It is funny how one word finds so many others and a commonalty is established! Now you see how great the “Haggis” is!
    Yes, most certainly: “Them were the days!” Or as I always like to quote a song I love, when reminiscing: “Those were the days my friend we thought they never end…”
    The best to you!

  17. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Inga;
    I have full confidence in you that will find it!
    The best to you!

  18. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm


  19. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The audience's–from the bloody bad humor

  20. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Your humor is dry but ever so witty, I love your humor and so would the audience!

  21. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

    At least YOU have, Tina… I don't! Again, I feel like I read it somewhere… but don't know where. It cannot be kippers either since he had them for breakfast… I'm quite at a loss here. As I said, there are so many things he liked eating…

  22. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Hi Inga!
    I know you know the answer – you have read it – just think!
    Take care,

  23. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Perhaps in my MWWWs? I recall him discussing a favorite meal there. Tina let me know if my hint is wrong as I don't want to mislead. Now where is that book of mine????

  24. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Patti;
    No it is not in the MWWW! Maybe I shouldn't have placed this quiz question as it is only in my memory and now I am trying very hard to pinpoint in which book or where I read it. I want do that again for sure!
    Have a great day!

  25. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Covered in all that ivy?

  26. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    For sure. You can't imagine the things I am finding there! No treasure though!

  27. Anonymous

    May 17, 2011 at 5:37 am

    1) Boiled Chicken 2)Connie Emerald 3)Connies' home I hope this is correct

  28. Anonymous

    May 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The answer to the quiz!
    Thank you to all who participated and it is great to have some fun here on the blog!
    1. Chicken and dumplings
    2. Connie Emerald (the Duchess as Errol nicknamed her)
    3. At Ida Lupino's house not far from Mulholland.
    As Larry was the closest 2 1/2 points
    and Jan 2 points – the dish was wrong
    Congratulations to the winners – well done!
    Larry as you are the top winner it is your turn to pop the next Quiz Question! We are looking forward to it.
    All the best to everyone,

  29. Anonymous

    May 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I followed this week's quiz with great interest and wonder who claimed that this was Errol's favorite meal? Any source?? It seems very odd…

  30. Anonymous

    May 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

    If you, Tina, do not have the time to post the answer to my question, I'd be very greatful if one of the two gentlemen told me where they have read this. I'm curious because I never heard about it and would like to read a book that gives such details. Thank you!

  31. Anonymous

    May 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I think, THINK, I read this awhile back in Earl Conrad's book. I remember his writing about Errol's and food there. Perhaps one of the people who read it recently can answer this question better.

  32. Anonymous

    May 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Terry;
    Very good question! I must admit that at the time being asked to place the next quiz question, I was just starting my kitchen renovation and did not think to rationally. Hurriedly I placed the quiz question just fast out of my memory, without double checking where I read it and I apologize to everybody for that.
    My quiz question was so clear in my memory, which was due to the fact, when reading it at the time I thought “how funny – my mother always cooked a very good chicken and dumpling dish” and it stuck in my memory.
    After placing the quiz question I realized I better find the book in which it is quoted and now I can't find it. It is written somewhere 100% I know that, but where? Not for a minute I thought that I want be able to find it. I also come to think of it, that it may have been an article only and not a book.
    I will keep searching as it bugs me too. I really feel very embarrassed and I apologize deeply for my hastiness. Next time I am asked to place a Quiz question I will make sure I have the source in the balm of my hand. Lesson well learned! I am sure that some of our members must have read it somewhere too and maybe they can help you and me to pinpoint the source. Let's hope!
    Best wishes and I remain sorrily,

  33. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Now I am thinking about it and so many comments are written on the blog, I am certain I read it in Higham's trash book many years ago, but as a matter of fact my answer was a wild guess to Tina's interesting 3-part question. I never intended to get close to the right answer at all, but there you have it. What a difference a day makes??

  34. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I found it somewhat strange to award points in spite of not being sure about the answer. And I hope that another, more reliabel source might be found apart from the notorious Higham book, which Mr Vandervliet indicated here. If, however, this book remains the only source, then you should think about cancelling the score or the entire question. Sorry about sounding off here, but I think it would be fair to those of us who have never touched this awful piece of claptrap. I am prepared to an outburst like, it's only a game, but I understand that some members take it quite seriously.

  35. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    True Flynn admirers SHOULD read the Higham book, right or wrong, it is part of Errol Flynn's life and it is for the whole world to read, to enjoy fully or partly, or even dismiss entirely after reading this biography. Nevertheless, I would guess that millions of people have read it over the years since it came out, them being a Flynn fan or not, so they can't all be wrong. It is up to the individual reader to reject the literary effort of Mr Higham or accept. Personally it is a MUST to read the book and judge for oneself.
    Taking note of what Mr Pratch wrote, I like to comment on this but wish to avoid futile discussions with my fellow blogger.
    In any case, I don't really care what they say about me, but I do like a little bit more accuracy when my name is used and wish to have my name spelled correctly. Not too much to ask is it??

  36. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Sorry I have to disagree. Reading this books means that you have to buy it at first, which in turn means that this disgusting author would get even more money for the worst thing he has ever done. And millions of people CAN be wrong, there are many examples in history. It has been proved again and again that this book IS rubbish, and I wonder what source Mr Higham gave for his claim about Flynn's favorite meal – I suppose none at all! It was probably made up by him or is based on falsifications just like his other claims. Or can you, Mr Jan, give me a RELIABEL source for the meal? I don't wish to attack you personally, I am just interested in this fact because I like to eat myself, so…

  37. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I disagree on a few points here. One does not need to make Mr Higham richer, there are many sources where one can purchase this book second-hand, for very little money actually. EBAY is one source for example. Perhaps even for the price of a simple hamburger, just assuming here this could be one of Mr Pratch's favourte meals, not knowing much about him and don't particularly want to either, but anyway………… Right or wrong, our Tina and bless her cotton socks, found it good enough to be last week's quiz question and why not? I thought it was a grand question. What Tina wants, Tina does and gets!!
    By the way, all other blog members can call me Jan with pleasure and that includes my international legion of loyal friends, others should call me Mr Jan R. van der Vliet.
    Once again to make it perfectly clear to the honourable Mr Pratch, Jan is only for the priviliged few………just like I made it perfectly clear a while ago about another subject! And about attacking on the blog, anyone may have a stab at that for that matter. But I am quite sure this excellent blog should be streamlined and full of quality writing, not stooping that low of attacking (which is really the wrong choice of words if one thinks about it, but maybe his vocabulary is limited somewhat) but it simply means that this blog is designed to attract the correct choice and quality of contributors who actually contribute positively and not pollute it. Just a mere opinion here. I don't mind actually having a “ding dong” with Mr Pratch out in the open but “mud slinging” write-ups should not be done here. Let's keep it clean. Mr Pratch can reach me on my private e-mail address for such purposes, but I have a feeling he likes me to take the bait all the time on this blog but for why I wonder? Perhaps there is an underlying current somewhere, I noticed it in earlier comments. Shame. But then in this world as we know it there are all sorts of people that make this planet go round and round and round etc.!

  38. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    An international legion of good friends – amazing, if someone gets every word that is said to him wrong! Mr JAN R. VAN DER VLIET is absolutely right – for once I agree with him – that this blog should be full of quality writing. Then why does he contribute to it with his insubstantial comments? Countless times has he quoted this infamous book, and once a decent person tries to comment on it, and mildly, there is the reply! I bet he only ever had two books about Flynn: the two he sold plus the Higham book.
    But I have learned my lesson: I will not comment on anything here ever again – as we say, the cleverer give in, and that's what I'm doing here.

  39. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Terry;
    I apologize again and I am very sorry that I made this mistake!
    I did it in a hurry and I know I shouldn't have done that, I stand corrected and there is no excuse for it!
    My quiz question is not out of the Higham book as I threw this in the garbage years and years ago. I don't think I remember one iota about it and I don't want to either.
    I never thought to look for the info before posting the question because I was sure I can find it readily if needed. I was wrong!
    Although the information is correct I just can't proof it as present, I hope you can forgive me and for that matter everyone on this blog!
    Best regards,

  40. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! At last, he writes my name correctly, he gets a standing ovation from me. There is an old English saying: “Never blow your own trumpet” and perhaps it applies to Mr Pratch and I even got him as far as agreeing with me which is more than I asked for to be totally truthful. Hurrah!! If he would put money on it, on the bet I mean, that I ONLY have two books about Errol Flynn, well, he is terribly mistaken here and I would gladly take his money and donate the full amount to a good cause, like animal charity, they really need it, believe me! He does have a marvelous memory though as quoting that I sold 2 books, maybe he is still seething about this situation, remember? Yes indeed, and to a very nice person who so richly deserves them. Mr Pratch couldn't possibly afford them but that is only a mere assumption! Suggesting, if he was a fly on one of my walls in my substantial villa which is west facing, meaning glorious sunshine all afternoon and to top it all situated very nicely on top of the hill in a high profile, secluded and well sought after area in Spain, then he would be able to witness my various bookshelves in my library which are dedicated to most Hollywood A-list actors and actresses from the Golden Era. He would then be able to count that there are at least 150 biographies of a selective group of very talented entertainment people very well looked after by yours truly. At least 12 books dedicated to Errol Flynn among them and still searching for a few more out there, plus the much talked about book produced by Mr Higham.
    Further, he likes the world to know that he is a decent person, I am sure he is but have no proof of that andnever will. As a minor fact, I didn't say that I had an international legion of good friends, if he cared to read it properly in his fury and perhaps blood curdling rage, he would have read “loyal” instead of “good”. There is a huge difference here but never mind! Anyone would agree on that.
    I am glad also that at last he has taken the huge step forward in deciding that he will not comment on anything here ever again. Perhaps some bloggers would even be happy to read his pityful scribbling and rejoice. It is doubtful that he is cleverer but that is only an opinion. I met people like Mr Pratch a 1000 times in my life time. He also mentions that I countless times quoted the infamous book, perhaps he has severe problems with arithmatics but that is not the point. I can recall mentioning this book perhaps no more than 3 times. Once again, his comments are quite without any clout or substance.
    But he also has the satisfaction that I will not EVER comment like this again on this superb website. I think I take it a step further and be wise take a step back and de-register, and only become a reader so now and then I can still have a giggle and snigger what he writes on the blog. Perhaps there is no enough room for the both of us on this website. At least he knows I am still out there. So, dear people, perhaps this is my last comment on the blog. I enjoyed it tremendously while it lasted. At least I came forward with my profile, which is more than he ever did!!
    I still think he will comment on my comment.

  41. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm


  42. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm


  43. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Sorry Robert, don't know that word. Perhaps double Dutch? I know we both like red wine, am I right??

  44. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    “Tot ziens” or “hasta luego”! Means: “see you later” in both languages!

  45. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Not really. I'm an ale, porter, and stout man.

  46. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    The farewell word was for Terry

  47. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    The word “afscheid” means farewell, good bye, cheerio and all that. Not knowing Mr Pratch nationality, I thought it was meant for me actually and I treated it as a sincere final good bye from you as a, can I say, high valued contributor and spokesman for the blog. I like that you like a certain variety of alcoholic beverages, like myself. I just saw a previous comment of yours on last weeks' quiz question where “it is known that red wine does” meaning staining a reputation tat either Tina or Inga was talking about! Please have a look at it, it is on the same page as this! I thought I have a fellow blog-drinker here who appeciates a nice glass of wine it either being Spanish or Californian etc. and respectss every drop of it while sipping or gulping it!! (ha!)
    Still the word “beannacht” I never heard of, so that makes me think what the nationality is of Mr Pratch, so please make me wiser about that “beannacht”, Robert, and it means of course that every day is a lesson of learning at what life is all about. My favourite motto for a very long time: “The secret in life is to be able to understand it”, and perhaps when we “pop our clogs” we will……… and not before.

  48. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    It was for you; and “Beannacht” was for him.
    I rarely drink wine. It's pub fare for me. Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale and Taddy Porter are my favorites. And I can never pass up a pint of Guinness.

  49. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Terry;
    Please don't do that! There are so many of us who appreciate you and your comments on this blog. It is a wonderful Blog with so much great interactions and they are all good. Sometimes one can find something not quite to ones liking but we just have to be a little wise. We are all different people as the thumbprint dictate already and we all have to take the good with the bad, please think about it as there is such thing just to look the other way.
    Please reconsider your decision of leaving the blog – I for one would miss you very much! Please stay!
    Best wishes,

  50. Anonymous

    May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    We are all adults here so we should have some room for disagreements about things from time to time, and as long as those disagreements do not include personal attacks they have been allowed to reach a conclusion because free speech is involved to a degree.
    I say “to a degree” because free speech might include the kind of language or promotion of ideas that are generally not considered welcome here and on most blogs (see Comment Guidelines).
    When disagreements become contentious in the sense that they involve the motives of the poster, slyly attack the reputation of another person or invoke a return attack on the part of someone else we are getting into an atmosphere that is not welcome here on the blog.
    I fully understand that if someone “pushes your buttons” you are going to react in kind and this is only human nature. Here on the blog we strive to maintain a friendly, open, and relaxed environment where we can discover, discuss and enjoy the various postings and comments of all our posters and readers who have commenting privileges.
    I don't feel that anyone needs to announce that they are leaving, will never post a comment again, or feel that they cannot come here without facing an opponent.
    Some people will rub other people the wrong way in life and they may never get along until they begin to understand each other, and the way to do that is to communicate privately when there is a dust up between them. In this case, Jan and Terry are involved in a bit of friction and it is best that as Jan suggested they email each other privately and try to settle their differences.
    We can see how fast things get out of hand following their comments to one another. We have some great “swordsmanship” in evidence! But this kind of argumentative commenting makes many people uncomfortable and so it must stop. I do not blame either of them for being human and for reacting to each other in self-defense. Is is easy to fall into such a dialogue, and yet, we strive to maintain a tone here that is friendly and non-argumentative on a personal level.
    I think that both Jan and Terry and good people who just apparently rub each other the wrong way. There should be a private dialogue between them before any rush to stop posting or make further comments on the blog. That both of you suggested leaving or ending your comments tells me that you both sense these kinds of interchanges are not what people come here to read. Good for both of you, but you are also valued members whose presence is welcome and not to have either of you here lessens the quality of the blog.
    So I will email you both privately and ask that you begin to talk to each other off the blog in hopes of finding common ground and settling your differences.
    I think you owe each other the opportunity to understand each other in a form where you can speak more freely. We do not need to have these communications reported here. They should remain private. Hopefully, the dust will have a chance to settle and a fresh wind will fill our sails again…

  51. Anonymous

    May 24, 2011 at 4:20 am


  52. Anonymous

    May 24, 2011 at 4:24 am

    That's a great Cock & Bull story Robert. (sorry, couldn't resist)

  53. Anonymous

    June 16, 2011 at 4:52 am

    That made me giggle.

  54. Anonymous

    June 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Tori;
    Can you elaborate on this giggle of yours – love to know!