Fidget Pie (bacon/ham & fruit)
Fidget Pie is a traditional English recipe for a pie served in the fields to the workers busy bringing in the harvest. I can see why. It seems to contain meat, two veg and dessert all in one. A variation on a pastie perhaps? There is some confusion about how Fidget Pie got its name. Some say that it is a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon for five-sided or five-cornered (fif-ecgede) the shape in which the pie was originally baked. Others say it is derived from the word “fitch”, an old word for polecat. This apparently is because of the aroma that emanates from the pie whilst it is being cooked! I have only seen a polecat from a distance and cannot vouch for its smell, although I imagine it’s rather like a ferret’s aroma. I can confirm that there were no nasty odours emanating from this pie whilst it was cooking. I should also like to assure my readers that no polecats were harmed in the making of this pie.