So I set the Star Chef to make us a lovely sausage casserole for when we got home last night. When I came through the front door at the end of the day... hm... no smell of yumminess. *confused* The thing was sitting there, still saying "06:00" and not cooking or counting down. And that should have been my clue... Not. Counting. Down. The 6 hour preset start time I'd put in was not, in fact, a 6 hour count down to the start of cooking but the time it would -finish- cooking. 6am today!
So. Having checked the actual manual, I re-set it to finish cooking at 10am today and keep warm (for up to 24 hours after finishing) so it should start just before I left the house this morning. And it did. Phew! So. Yummy casserole will happen tonight instead. (and we went to the local Italian for dinner last night instead - I had 1/2 a thin and crisp tomato/garlic bread, canneloni and a couple of small glasses of Prosecco)