The great Aussie meat pie has been an icon alongside kangaroos, boomerangs and Bondi lifeguards. To find the perfect one can be quite an odyssey, however. As with all good things in life, quality matters.
The best pies come from small, family-run bakeries that produce them hot from the oven. They will still vary greatly between shops but it is possible to find that perfect pie.
Now that’s great if you come across them when you’re feeling hungry but what if you finish work after the shops have closed? Frozen, of course. OK if they’re a good product but how to get it like the bakers?
Now for some earth-shattering news! The heating instructions on the packet only tell half the story!
They will typically say place the pie in a preheated 180 degree oven for about one hour. Great. It’s cooked. But why is the crust so damned hard?
The poor old pie. Having been par-cooked then frozen, the moisture releases into the oven before it has time to re-absorb into the crust. No problem with the cooking process but the result is a hard crust.
Eh voila! There is a remedy.
Follow the cooking instructions. Then take the pie and wrap it in foil and rest at room temp for half an hour. Then put back in oven, still in foil, at 130 for 20 minutes.
This is as close as you can get, just make sure the pie is top quality.
You won’t find this secret anywhere else so guard it closely. So what does this have to do with personal development anyway? Lots.
It all comes down to blueprints. We have blueprints of how to live, work and play, instructions for a better life(?). We follow instructions everywhere, on the road, at work and even at play.
Sometimes we’re only given half the instructions. Just like the frozen meat pie, the results don’t quite turn out as expected. What do you do when your GPS no longer navigates correctly because it doesn’t have the latest update?
That’s it. Put the thinking cap on. Stimulate the neural pathways with glucose and oxygen to think creatively, to solve problems.
Creative thinking is hard work not in a mechanical sense but in a way that capitalises resources that otherwise would be consumed. It costs.
We wouldn’t be living the lives we do now with all our creature comforts and technologies were it not for our creative thinkers.