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Donnie Darko with Roast Rabbit

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

The Movie: Donnie Darko

There are few movies that blindside you like Donnie Darko. The 2001 science fiction thriller is one of the highest rated movies of all time and the subject of several angry discussions about its meaning. It also introduced the world to the potential of a young Jake Gyllenhaal and was a movie that if you blinked, you missed something important.

To sum up the story, it is about a troubled teenager who befriends an ‘imaginary’ rabbit named Frank. As Darko goes in and out of his own mental illness, he becomes the subject of many horrible crimes that he may (or may not!) be causing. The entire premise sounds bizarre because it is! However, it works perfectly and don’t think that Jack the bunny rabbit is cute and fluffy. The image of Jack is creepy and more threatening than Mike Myers in Halloween.

Donnie Darko is a fantastic watch, and a great way to play ‘I know that celebrity!’ while watching a movie.

The Menu: Slow Roasted Rabbit

Rabbit is an unappreciated meat and can be as tender and tasty as well prepared chicken. Served with rice, there is nothing intimidating about this meal.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 (3 pound) rabbit, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Season the rabbit with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the rabbit pieces and brown on all sides. Place in a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, onion, ketchup, garlic, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and water; pour over the rabbit.
  3. Bake uncovered for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, basting frequently. Meat should be very tender when done. Serve over rice.

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