Slash & Dine: Celebrate Easter with ‘Night of the Lepus’!

Posted on April 22, 2011 by Deaditor

Yes, we’ll admit it – we love when animals attack. Bulls, monkeys, sharks, dogs, you name it, we like it. We’re pretty sure most of you have seen Jaws, Ben, Piranha, Cujo & The Birds, but all these recent Cadbury Egg commercials reminded us of Night of the Lepus. By no means a great film per se, Night of the Lepus is, however, an excellent pick to check out this Easter Sunday.

Ever since the coyotes were killed off in this small Arizona town, rabbits have been taking over the land. Scientists are called in to try and stop the breeding, and use an experimental drug on one of the rabbits. The drugs are meant to cause birth defects, and unfortunately for everyone in town, the rabbit gets loose and starts a whole new mutated breed of wild hares. It’s not too long before mutilated corpses start popping up, alongside giant rabbit footprints. We soon see the enormous bloody bunnies as they seek revenge on mankind, killing everything in their sight. And that’s when Night of the Lepus gets awesome. The small scaled sets and low camera angles make the killers, at times, believable especially considering it was made in 1972, and the carnage ensued from a cute wiggly-nosed bunny makes this one worthwhile. So instead of watching The 10 Commandments on Easter for the 20th time and eating lamb cake, spend the day with the gore-filled Night of the Lepus and these bloody treats to go with it.

Rabbit Food Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salad:
Mix of your favorite lettuce
-green leaf
-red leaf
-butter
-romaine
-radicchio
Shredded carrots

Toss all ingredients together with vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 clove minced garlic
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp honey or agave
1/4 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to bowl and whisk to combine.

Blushing Bunny Soup

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) can tomato soup
12 ounce cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 slices bread, toasted or handful of saltine crackers

Directions:
Add tomato soup & milk to small pan on stove top over low to medium heat. Slowly add the cheese, turning the heat up to medium to high, stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Pour into serving bowl. Toast bread, cut into pieces and add to soup.

White Rabbit Cocktail

Ingredients:
3/4 cup vanilla vodka
3/4 cup vanilla liqueur
1/4 cup milk

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Strain into glasses. May be served over ice if preferred. Serves 2.

Killer Meringue Lepus

Ingredients:
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
food coloring

Directions:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

In mixing bowl, whip egg whites with electric mixer until foamy. Pour sugar in slowly, while continuing to mix at medium speed. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny, stop mixing and transfer it to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue onto a prepared baking sheet using a large round tip, making 3 round balls- one for the head, one for the body and one for the tail. Pipe 2 small lines on the head for the ears. Bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the pan. Use food coloring to make your bunnies deadly.

Meringue bunnies inspired by The Stories of A to Z.

Thanks for checking us out and if you have any suggestions of films you’d like to see get some recipes cooked up for, please let us know. You can also follow us on Twitter @SlashAndDine and on Facebook.

-Nicole & Megan

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