In Cornwall, a pastie is often called an “Oggie”, and while it is unclear as to where the word originated, some suggest it is derived from hoggan, a kind of bag in which the miners carried their croust. The Cornish miners’ wives developed a simple pastry-cladded envelope, which kept the food warm and free of dust while their husbands worked in the mines. The term became particularly popular in Devonport and Plymouth, where sailers called them “tiddly oggies” (also referred to as Tiddy Oggies or a Tiddy Oggy). Tiddly in naval slang means ‘proper’, a common adjective and adverb used by Cornish people, and so “tiddly oggie” meant proper pastie. Cornish rugby supporters later adopted the chant “Oggie, oggie, oggie, oi, oi, oi!” when cheering on their team. Many people believe this is the origin of the great Aussie chant “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!”
The root crops and vegetables in the Tiddly Oggie (and the baked apple that was commonly included) remained warm and free of dust because of the envelope of pastry that encased them. Deep underground in the mines, there were all kinds of sounds, and the miners sensed the presence of “the little men”. Legend has it that after the contents of the oggie had been eaten, the pastry would be left on the floor of the mine for these “Knockers” or ‘Knackers’ as they were called. The miners had little enough to give, and this offering was considered enough to satisfy the mischievous imps who were renowned for taking offence if slighted, but could be helpful if placated.
Eighteenth century accounts from up-county travellers to Cornwall tell of labourers bringing up their families on a diet of vegetables baked in a barley dough. In 1867 a West Briton report told of the subsistence level and revealed their great dependence on flour. Many of these early writers expressed surprise that both children and adults looked reasonably well nourished on what they considered a very poor diet. It was, of course, what we now know as a low-fat diet. This was of particular interest to Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses.
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses have been baking award-winning Tiddly Oggies for over 107 years! Of course they are not fat-free but their wholesome meat & vegetable filling make an excellent alternative to the classic meat pie. We are proud to have the Tiddly Oggie as one of our most popular products and invite you to come and try our signature Original Tiddly Oggies .
WINNER OF THE GREAT AUSSIE PASTIE COMPETITION!
We are very proud to announce that we are the winners of the 2008 National Great Aussie Pastie Competition. Our pasties were ranked the best in Australia against quality competitors from all over Australia in both the coveted Meat & Vegetable category (for our Original Tiddly Oggie) as well as the Vegetarian category (for our Wholemeal Tiddly Oggie). Australia's best pasties are only available at Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses.