Halloween-Inspired Dishes to Serve During Your Party

There are numerous stores that offer affordable kitchen appliances in the Philippines. This comes in handy if you are planning on throwing a Halloween party this month, especially since food is undoubtedly one of the essentials of a successful gathering. In this regard, prepare your kitchen tools, stove, oven, as well as steamers and make the following food! 

Stuffed Bell Peppers Jack-o-Lantern Style

Ingredients:

  • 6 any colored bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1 chopped small onion
  • 1 diced small tomato
  • 2 minced gloves garlic
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

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Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C (or 350 degrees F). Grease a baking dish that is 8×8 inches in size.
  • In a bowl, carefully combine pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili sauce, garlic, tomato, onion, bread cubes, egg, and ground beef altogether. You will be stuffing this inside the bell peppers later on.
  • Wash all 6 bell peppers before cutting faces into them to make them look like Jack-O-Lantern. Then, remove the top part of the peppers using a sharp knife and scoop out all the cores and seeds inside. Place the beef stuffing that you made earlier inside the pepper. Put all of them all into the baking dish; arrange them so that they are leaning on one another.
  • Bake for about 1 hour or until the peppers are all tender and the stuffing is juicy and cooked through. 

Pork Dumplings with Chili-Sesame Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • ½ lb. shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 large scallions
  • ¾ lb. baby bok choy
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 4 large clove(s) of garlic
  • 10 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 ¼ c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 tsp. mirin or sweet sherry, divided
  • 5 tsp. Asian chili-garlic sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 containers of wonton wrappers
  • 2 tbsp. of cornstarch mixed with 1 cup of water
  • ¼ c. Chinese black bean sauce
  • ¼ c. toasted sesame oil

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Directions:

  • Place a skillet on the stove and heat the oil. Once it is hot enough, put the shiitake, scallions, bok choy, and carrots.
  • Fry the mentioned ingredients over high heat for at least 5 minutes. Then, add garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Cook them until the sauce evaporates.
  • Add some salt. Afterwards, transfer them into a bowl before refrigerating them for 15 minutes.
  • Place wax papers in a big baking sheet.
  • Get the filling and mix it with your ground pork.
  • Brush cornstarch solution (cornstarch and water) to 3 of your wonton wrappers then put some filling on their centers. Fold each wrapper in order to form triangles; make sure that all edges are sealed properly.
  • Cut around the centers but make sure to leave a 1/4 –inch rim around the fillings.
  • Put the dumplings into the baking sheet with the seams placed upwards.
  • Cover them with a damp paper towel.
  • Repeat the process and create as many dumplings as you want.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl to create the sauce.
  • Boil water on your stove top.
  • Put the dumplings in a bamboo steamer that’s lined with oiled wax paper. Then, place the steamer over the pot. Cover them for 6 minutes or until the fillings become firm. You can also use a rice cooker that is equipped with a steamer for this step.
  • Submerge the dumplings in 1 cup of the sauce before transferring them in a platter. Serve the remaining sauce along with the dumplings. 

Witch’s Brew (Pea & Bacon Chowder)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Chopped onion
  • Crushed garlic clove
  • 650 g frozen petit pois
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)

Directions:

  • Grab a saucepan and heat the olive oil.
  • Cook onion over medium heat until it turns soft.
  • Add garlic and stir. Then, add some petit pois as well as the vegetable stock.
  • Let them boil and simmer for at least 10 to 12 minutes. Afterwards, let the mixture cool for a while before putting it in a food processor.
  • Start grilling the bacon. Once they become crispy, take them out.
  • Use the food processor to smoothen the mixture. Then, pour it back on the pan.
  • Put the remaining petit pois. Let the soup boil until the peas turn softer.
  • Add some seasoning and butter if you want.
  • Cut the bacon into small pieces and use them as toppings for the soup. 

Try preparing these foods and see which should would be perfect for your Halloween party. If you want, you can just prepare them all! Surely, your guests will enjoy all of them. Happy Halloween!

How Does an IP Camera System Work?

Numerous stores offer affordable home appliances in the Philippines. In this regard, it is quite easy to purchase various household products that would make your life more convenient. However, in your haste to buy the best devices in the market right now, you should not forget to secure your home. After all, what’s the use of filling your home up with outstanding appliances if an intruder can easily enter your home undetected and steal all of your belongings?

To deter thieves from breaking into your house, you should install IP cameras. This is one of the most popular security features worldwide. Before purchasing one, learn how an IP camera system works first.

What is an IP Camera?

IP camera means “internet protocol” camera. This is also sometimes called as “internet camera” or “webcam” and it is mostly used for surveillance purposes. You can view videos in your laptop through this camera as long as there’s internet connection. Most of the time, IP cameras are like small computers because they have their own software. You just need to configure it to a network before using it.

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Think of an IP camera as a digital camera, because they pretty much work the same way. The only difference is that IP cameras are capable of compressing files as well as transmitting them through the internet. If you want to use numerous cameras, you should use a centralized network camera. This requires a network video recorder (NVR) which is a program that will allow you to view videos from multiple cameras all at once. However, if you wish to use one or two IP cameras only, you may use a decentralized network camera instead. 

What are the Types of Networks?

There are 3 types of networks that you can use:

  • Cellular Network – This is probably the most secure network out of the three. The use of cellular transmitters in the cameras means that you don’t have to use LAN at all. Unfortunately, this is pretty expensive and slow.
  • Wireless Networks – This makes use of WiFi routers when transmitting videos. Although this is faster than using a cellular network, it is definitely slower than wired networks. You can easily set up and customize a wireless network; unfortunately, they can also be easily accessed without your consent by other individuals.

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  • Wired networks – This requires you to connect to a broadband modem or router through Ethernet cables. This is not only the fastest out of the three, it is also probably the most secure since it eliminates the possibility of signal interception. 

What Else Do I Need?

Aside from an IP camera, internet, and router, you will also need a computer (for configuring the camera), as well as an NVR – especially if you plan to store videos. Lastly, you’ll have to get a video device that can be connected to the internet.

Installing an IP camera will help ensure you and your family’s safety. This would not only help you sleep better at night, it is also quite advantageous if you are going to leave your house unattended for a long period of time. Monitor your surroundings and keep burglars away by installing an IP camera system now!

Suggested Halloween Movies to Watch

Halloween is fast approaching, which means that anything that is scary will start trending once again. Be prepared to see and hear horror stories in television and movies everywhere. With plenty of affordable TVs in the Philippines, Halloween fanatics will have no trouble watching shows that will induce a lot of screaming and ducking under the blankets during the night. Complete the horrorfest with your friends; just prepare some good food and queue the following movies in your player:

  1. Pet Sematary (1989)

Who wouldn’t remember one of Stephen King’s classics? This book turned to film is a must-watch (or re-watch) for every horror movie fan. This movie starts out sweet and innocent with a family of four moving into a quiet rural area. Things take a turn when an accident kills a beloved family member and the next-door neighbor introduces an ancient method of bringing the dead back to life. 

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  1. The Amityville Horror (1979)

Inspired by a real-life murder story, The Amityville Horror (another book that was turned to film) shows a family moving into a house that looked ordinary at first. As time passes by, the family realizes that their home is not as peaceful as it seems. As revelations about the house’s true nature and its former occupants unfold, you and your friends will definitely find yourselves peeking behind your pillows just to know more of the story. If you are interested, the movie also has a 2005 remake, which features the same story but with more terrifying elements. 

  1. Shutter (2004)

There is no doubt that Asian countries produce some of the best horror films ever. One of the most memorable Thai horror movies is Shutter. This movie shows how terrifying it is to catch ghosts on film, when film was still popular. In the movie, a long-haired female ghost terrorizes a man in search for vengeance after that man took pictures of her while she was being sexually assaulted by his friends. A side note though: do not let the set-up fool you; you might be rooting for the wrong person all the while. 

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  1. Ring (1998)

Arguably one of the most famous Asian horror movies, the Ring frightened millions of people. The long-haired women in white dresses, which were featured in the film, gave everyone a shock and – quite possibly – nightmares as well. This iconic movie features a cursed video tape that kills its viewer within seven days, unless it is copied and passed on to another person. Doing so might expose another individual to the curse but it will ensure the safety of the previous viewer. One of the most unforgettable moments in this film is when the ghost crawls out of the television – a scene that has been recreated numerous times even in Hollywood.

  1. The Exorcist (1973)

Any horror movie list will not be complete without The Exorcist. Who would forget Regan MacNeil’s signature neck crack sounds as her head turns 180 degrees? Or the scene when she crawled down the stairs upside down just like a spider?  This film reminds everyone not to play with the Ouija Board or they might suffer from dire consequences.

There you have it; five movies that you should watch during the Halloween season! Try to watch during the day so you can still sleep soundly at night.