A cheeky dad has rustled up a British-summer inspired Sunday roast, complete with a chicken transformed into a ringer for Benidorm legend Madge.
Paul Harvey created a tin foil bikini for his raw roast before liberally sprinkling gravy granules over its exposed flesh and bunging it in the oven for two hours.
The 50-year-old even placed teaspoons over the chicken’s ‘chest’ to create a defined bikini cup line and then spent an hour carefully carving tiny carrot boots for the bathing beauty.
Inspired by ‘over-cooked’ Brits on the beach, the chicken was then topped with a potato head, purple cauliflower hair and appeared to have harsh tan lines.
Dad-of-two Paul then laid the figure on a bed of polenta to give the effect the woman was sunbathing on a beach.
Social media users praised the street food chef’s handiwork, claiming the finished product was a dinner doppelganger of chain-smoking Madge Harvey from hit sitcom Benidorm.
Paul, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, said: “When I saw the cooked chicken I just kept laughing at it, it really made me chuckle.
“When I got it out of the oven my father Graham was visiting. He asked ‘oh what’s this?’ and took the cover off it.
“His face was a picture, he said ‘what the hell is that?’
“I’ve seen Benidorm and it definitely looks like Madge. It’s just a bit of fun, I don’t take it seriously.
“The reaction has been great, I’ve loved reading the comments. It’s great to make people laugh, which is the reason I did it.”
Facebook users raved about the dish.
One social media user wrote: “It looks like f***ing Madge off Benidorm.”
Another commented: “I know a few people that get like this lol, you know who you are.”
A third wrote: “This has made my night seeing this lol. I am not alone wishing for that mad rush to pack and get away.
“Just love the nice sun tan on your bird lol.”
After rustling up the fun fowl dish in June last year, Paul decided to share the picture recently as a throwback post.
Paul said: “I made the dinner last year when I had a chicken that had gone out of date. The chicken would have gone in the bin otherwise.
“I hate throwing things away, so I decided to have a bit of fun with it. It was an off-the-cuff idea – I just made it up as I went along.
“The carrot shoes took ages to carve as they were quite intricate.
“It took me a good hour to make them – I spent about 30 minutes on each one.
“I boiled the cauliflower ‘hair’ and some extra further down for modesty reasons because there was a big gaping hole there and it didn’t look right.
“The polenta was to give it the proper beach effect.”
This isn’t the first time that Paul has whipped up quirky dishes, having already made a giant “feetloaf” – a foot made out of minced meat – and a Cookie Monster burger.
Paul said: “I made a big foot out of out-of-date mincemeat last year – instead of meatloaf it’s ‘feetloaf’.
“The toenails were made out of onion and there was a cheese topping – it was absolutely disgusting.”
Despite having a repertoire of fun makes under his belt, Paul said he doesn’t have plans for any others just yet.
Paul said: “I’ve nothing new set in stone yet. I don’t really plan them, they’re just off-the-cuff ideas.”