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    I love my Bellini. I went to a tmx demo and was so impressed but just couldn't justify the price tag. I don't often do full meals in it but there are a few that I do. It is also great for when you want to eat really clean - I've made my own ricotta - who would have thought that would be possible?!

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    Most of the things I make are whole meals and I've been very happy with most of them. Some I would say are better than normal cooked versions, for example beef stew, bolognaise sauce etc. the reason I like it is the simplicity and time saving. Once my toddler is in bed I just want to make something easy and with the thermomix you press a few buttons and sit back while its cooking.
    As mine is in a cupboard I don't get it out for small things much and often think I can just make things by hand, for example pizza dough is so easy to make I don't see the point getting the machine out to do it. For other things such as bechamel sauce though, I've never had much success making it so being able to have a proper homemade version from the thermomix is great.
    Big warning though, it can make things too easy so you make food you shouldn't too often! I've made salted caramel fudge about 3 times in a month!

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    The big taste difference comes down to the lack of browning or caramelisation in the thermi/ bellini. The temperature doesn't really get high enough to cause the 'maillard reaction' which converts sugars and makes things yummy! The other factor is that you lack some control over the size of pieces of veg/ meat etc so the finesse isn't there as much as with hand-cut produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallpotatoes View Post
    I have had mine a year next week (happy birthday Thermione!) and I also use I pretty much daily, sometimes multiple times. I nearly bought a Bellini or thermochef but decided to save up a bit longer and go Thermomix because I had heard of a few people with problems with the Bellini.

    I make more food from scratch and make things like desserts, bread, baked goods, dinners, sides (rice, mashed potatoes, steamed veg), staples (veg stock, butter), condiments (jam, pizza sauce). I love it. I love deciding what to make for dinner and it's so easy to use.
    Sorry to butt in, but Thermione??

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    I love my thermomix and I believe it is totally worth the money. I paid it off interest free and because I did that and direct debited, in my mind I feel that I got it for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    How do the meals taste out if the Thermomix and the Bellini?
    I read something the other day that said the thermy was more about food production than cooking and a friend said the Bellini dinners just aren't as tasty as when you do it from scratch the normal way.

    BettyW, that's what I'm afraid of, it just sitting and gathering dust as I have my little ways and routines that I find I fall back on all the time. I'm not sure this old dog can be taught new tricks
    I really think it depends on what your cooking. I never looked at my thermo as a replacement for all other kitchen appliances. I still use my wok, slow cooker, grill, oven etc. I use the thermo for making things I couldn't do (or couldn't do with ease) before, and for those things it just does better and faster. I couldn't list them all but some off top of my head are:
    Curry pastes
    All-in-one dishes (where you cook the meat, veg, rice etc and sauce from scratch, all at same time)
    Cakes
    Biscuits
    Slices
    Healthy treats ie bliss balls etc
    Desserts (custard is amazing)
    Raw vegan desserts (blends nuts really well)
    Porridge (I don't do microwave porridge)
    Dips
    Soups
    Risotto
    Pizza dough/bread dough
    Pastry
    Smoothies
    Rice & quinoa
    Stock
    Frozen fruit 'ice cream'
    Chopped salads
    Yoghurt

    I also use it to chop Veges for certain things where I don't need nice neat slices etc. great for hiding veg for kids meals etc. or for San choi bow, etc. Accurate chopping takes a little practice in the thermo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumnut babies View Post
    I made lasagne in my thermo - tasted different to the stove top version but hubby declared it restaurant quality nonetheless!
    How??? My brain does not compute.
    Did you put it in the steamer dish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I love my thermomix and I believe it is totally worth the money. I paid it off interest free and because I did that and direct debited, in my mind I feel that I got it for free.
    I wondered if the company did this. Excellent!

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    Default Thermomix or Bellini... tell me about yours

    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    How??? My brain does not compute.
    Did you put it in the steamer dish?
    You do the filling in the thermie (including cooking it I believe) and the cheese/bechamel sauce and then assemble and pop it in the oven to cook. A lot of TMX recipes might do part of the prep in the TMX and then finish off on the stove or oven.
    Last edited by smallpotatoes; 12-08-2015 at 08:08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    Sorry to butt in, but Thermione??

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    Hehe I figured my TMX is clever so.. thermione it is! πŸ˜‚

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallpotatoes View Post
    You do the filling in the thermie (including cooking it I believe) and the cheese/bechamel sauce and then assemble and pop it in the oven to cook. A lot of TMX recipes might do part of the prep in the TMX and then finish off on the stove or oven.
    Thanks Smallpotatoes! That's exactly what I did. Next time I think I'll just do the mince on the stove and béchamel in the thermie - feels unproductive not to do both at once 😏

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