The combination is finally here; the Star Chef along with a wide-mouthed Thermos and I'm sorted for hot lunches. Finally!
So, the idea is to set the Star Chef to cook or re-heat something overnight to put into the thermos in the morning so I can have hot food at work through the winter. I've got lots of stuff in the freezer ready to go and loads of ideas for soups, stews and small-bite casseroles. Salads? Pah! 6.45 this morning saw the decanting of the soup I put on last night (2x tins of Marrowfat peas, including the water, blended with a hand blender and a pack of sliced ham chopped into it with a bit more water to top it off - makes 2x good lunches) into the Thermos. It was a tiny bit messy and I think I'd be better off pouring than ladling next time. Come lunch time (after 1pm), the soup was very much warm enough to be good. Not piping hot or mouth burny, but plenty plenty warmth enough for a good lunch. We're not allowed a microwave at work, so this is pretty much the only way I'm happy with that I can get a hot lunch where I know what's in it (places like "pod" are good at giving an ingredients list that's clean, but...), plus I object to the prices you end up paying in The City for prepared food.
Hurrah for technology and simplicity both!