fidget pie

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An ancient English pie containing bacon, onions and apples. Its name has nothing to do with restless movement. Fidget is a variant of fitchet, a now obsolete dialect name for the polecat. This in turn was a diminutive form of fitch, ‘polecat’, which was a borrowing of Middle Dutch visse or fisse. The application of the polecat to the pie hopefully had nothing to do with the pie's smell. It was probably more a matter of colour. Fitchet-coloured used to be applied to things the colour of a polecat, and a fitchet cat had brown and black fur—perhaps the colour of an overcooked pie.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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