Replying to myself (for the benefit of others who might find themselves in a similar predicament), I have discovered that if I go through a few clicks in the app as if I were trying to SET TIMER/TEMPERATURE/COOK (but in actuality just checking it and making NO changes), I can see the current status of my cook - both time remaining and current temperature. Tada !
You may call this "fixed" or "solved" or "of course, this is how it's suppose to be". But I will say it's counter-intuitive and kinda stupid. But hey, it's usable, so there's that