Chiswick is not a particularly famous corner of the world; a district of west London, and part of the London Borough of Hounslow it contains Hogarth’s House, the former residence of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth; Chiswick House, a neo-Palladian villa regarded as one of the finest in England; and Fuller’s Brewery, London’s largest and oldest brewery.
But now, it is more famous for Chiswick salmon en croute.
And this is the man that made it famous…
Historic figures who lived in Chiswick include the poet Alexander Pope, the Italian revolutionary Ugo Foscolo, the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and the novelist E. M. Forster; none of these can hold a candle to our family members, who in their own Gavi-fuelled way have contributed far more to the cultural fabric of the local community.
And here they are…
Chiswick occupies a meander of the River Thames which is heavily used for competitive and recreational rowing, and Chiswick itself is home to several clubs. The finishing post for the Boat Race is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge.
I don’t know if salmon swim in these waters, I suspect that is rather unlikely – we are not in the highlands of Scotland here, none the less, Waitrose down the road is stocked with our aquatic friends, and they can be purchased and wrapped in pastry to form the infamous national dish of W4; Chiswick Salmon en Croute.
And the kitchen environment is so important if you are serving up a masterpiece….
I hope you found these pictures and reflections on Chiswick to be of some comfort in getting you through a very long election day in the UK!