This picture is from the 1965 self-published cookbook, 100 Ways To Be Original In All Your Cooking, by Lea & Perrins. And no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. This is, in fact, a train made out of meatloaf.
Perhaps more importantly, please note that the backdrop for this meatloaf train appears to be a child’s birthday party. Because nothing says, “Choo choo! Happy birthday, kid – and by the way, we hate you,” quite like speeding asparagus to his plate on a meat locomotive.
I know what you’re saying to yourself. You’re saying, “These ground beef cattle cars are the worst things I’ve ever seen. I’d rather eat the confetti, or jab myself in the eye with that party hat. How could this possibly get any worse?”
I’m so glad you asked.
Luckily for us, our friend Allison doesn’t just ruin Minecraft cupcakes for birthdays and special occasions, she also ruins family dinners! I’m giving her bonus points for the creative ketchup train tracks, even though they somehow ended up looking like bullet wounds, and for the fact that she didn’t have the benefit of reading the recipe in the inspiration cookbook when she single-handedly derailed this dinner. However, I can’t pretend I don’t see why her kids have nicknamed these creations (yes, she’s made this more than once!) “barf-loaf.”
All aboard! I hope her kids don’t get motion sickness – I have a feeling there’ll be enough nausea on this trip already.
Check out Hollow Tree Ventures for more laughs, where the chugga-chugga-chugga sounds are much more likely to come from a keg than a meatloaf train.