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Green Army Going Greener

28th July, 2010
Plymouth Argyle Football Club – the Green Army – are encouraging fans to think green and make the South West Love Food Hate Waste campaign pledge to win some fantastic prizes.

Plymouth Argyle Football Club – the Green Army – are encouraging fans to think green and make the South West Love Food Hate Waste campaign pledge to win some fantastic prizes.

As the campaign closes on 20th November this is the very last chance to be entered for the prize draw.

Argyle’s chef has come up with a recipe for Panzanella Salad – a traditional Italian bread salad.

Anyone who makes the pledge to reduce food waste will automatically be entered into the draw to win a gourmet weekend for four in St Ives or Ilfracombe, dinner for two in Dorset’s Restaurant of the Year 2009 or a bespoke cookery lesson for two at a cookery school in Bristol.

For the first time 35 Local Authorities across the region are working together through the South West Waste and Recycling Forum to ask people to ‘Love Food Hate Waste’. They have been providing information and advice on clever shopping, using up leftovers and getting back into the kitchen for some creative cooking at a series of roadshows and events around the region.

Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet Member for Waste, Street Scene and Sustainability, said: “Reducing food waste makes a huge difference to the amount of rubbish ending up in landfill. Not only does it help in the fight against climaye change, but saves money too.”

Families in the UK throw out, on average, up to £50 worth of good food every month. That’s around £600 a year which could be put to better use.

Chris McIntyre, Players’ Chef at Plymouth Argyle Football Club, said: “This campaign is a great way to tackle food waste and one that we at Argyle are happy to support. There’s no excuse for wasting food when there are so many tasty recipes to try out.”

A host of celebrities and sporting personalities have voiced their support for the campaign since its launch last month. These include Olympic athlete Sharron Davies, BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers, and fellow sportsmen, the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders basketball team.

Argyle’s recipe for Panzanella Salad:

Cut up your stale (but edible) bread into cubes.  

Brown in a pan with a little oil.  

Add this to cooked pancetta and grated parmesan and add some black pepper.

Add salad leaves of your choice (or whatever is on the fridge!) and tomato and season with a dressing of your choosing.  

This can be adjusted according to what is in your fridge, so olives, cucumber, sweetcorn, avocado etc could all be used.

To make a pledge, reduce your food bill and find out about events in your area, visit lovefoodhatewaste.com/southwest.