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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sesame Ball - More Snacks To Watch The Ball Goes By....


Sesame Ball 2

Sesame Ball 3

Watching the World Cup Matches on TV in Singapore has become ridiculously expensive this year. The only one smiling is FIFA. For the information of those who do not reside in Singapore, until 2 months ago, the 2 main cable TV providers in Singapore were still tussling over the screening rights of the World Cup 2010. I am not sure if the competitive tussle had resulted in the higher subscription fee viewers have to pay but in the end, both cable providers got to screen the matches and the poor viewers like us, have to fork out between S$70 -$94(USD54 - USD 67)  to watch the games at home. Call it duo monopoly, extortion whatever but avid football fans will still have to either pay or find other ways to watch the games. Some friends have come up with a list of places to watch free screenings but apart from the community center, most other options like pubs and restaurants will still have you digging into your pocket and I believe that this year, we will have less public venues screening the games due to,again, the higher screening license fee they will need to pay this year. One pub chain, I remember reading, has to spend S$2million this month just to screen the matches on their wide screen TVs. I hope they make enough money to cover the cost. Football fans who had gritted their teeth and forked out $70-$94 to get the games at home will most likely be less inclined to go out and spend extra at a pub. What amazes me is that FIFA's revenue from the TV rights alone is more than US$2 billion.

The National TV station dished out the opening match freebie to us last Friday and even though it was a somewhat bland game (for me, at least) , most of us were willing to sit in front of the TV with Snacks and Drinks in hand to partake in the free extravaganza ....

With the Tofu Puff Snack, I had some minced meat stuffing left over. Reluctant to make another deep fried dish, I decided to coat it with sesame and bake it. What you get is a  juicy and equally tasty snack... but with less guilt.

Sesame Ball (100)

Recipe Please Refer to Tofu Puff Snack.

Method :
1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Shape the mince into small balls and roll it in sesame seeds.
3. Bake for 10mins.



 

13 comments:

3 hungry tummies said...

At first I thought they were sweets but even better when I found out they are savoury!
Great beer snacks, so are the tofu puffs!

Angie's Recipes said...

These are a great snack to go with some tea while watching the World Cup!

Trissa said...

Hey Shirley - it's a pity that it is prohibitively expensive to watch the football matches. I think the same is true in Australia... I love sesame anything - the balls look like a great snack.

zurin said...

we were surprised to hear that you had to pay anything at all to watch the football games!

those looks absolutely yummy..esp with minced meat inside. definitely a good snack for the games.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

At first I tot it's those soft sweet glutinous sesame balls with fillings, but then hahaha, no!!!
Great idea to bake them.

Gosh, the cable TV here is not charging any extra for world cup.
And they are using this World cup to entice people to subscribe to HD.

baking.serendipity said...

Wow, I think some games in the U.S. are broadcasting on channels you can get in just a basic cable package. And I'm sure we have fewer World Cup followers! At least the games are a great opportunity for snacks and get-togethers! These look great :) I hope you'll check out my blog as well... www.bakingserendipity.blogspot.com

tigerfish said...

You can kick these to me too! Hahhaha! At first I thought you were making dessert :)

baking.serendipity said...

ps, thanks so much for the nice comment :) it made my day!

Jo said...

Great snack for watching football. I love that you have loaded each ball with sesame seeds. And yes, it sucks that we have to pay to watch the World Cup.

Von said...

Ngaww...that sucks! I'm not a huge fan of soccer- I just read the news to find out who won...tehehe. This is a really smart idea! And it sounds delicious too!

M. said...

wow, I can't believe how much you have to pay to watch the game!!!! Is this something like "on demand" service???

but set that a side....tofu puff snacks look delicious, perfect accompaniment for World cup's emotions :)

DocChuck said...
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M. said...

I just realized I mixed up two posts together, sorry Shirley :)

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