Do you have plans with the family for this Father’s Day? Brunch, BBQ, or however you celebrate the dads in your life, here’s your guide to a delicious – and stylish – weekend. Here at the People Tree, we love locally sourced and organic food. We are passionate about the provenance of what we eat and drink, just like we are passionate about the provenance of the clothes we sell. In this special post, we’re highlighting a few of our favourite recipes made with locally sourced and organic ingredients, alongside our favourite People Tree dresses for the season! Read to the end to find out how to save £10 on the dresses featured in this blog.


Grilled Halloumi and Melon Salad with Bacon and Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Sara, Digital Marketing Manager: I am a mum to four young children. My husband, Mark, is truly a superhero dad. He’s the first one home in the evening, so usually cooking is his gig. So in our house Father’s Day is all about celebrating Mark. We let him have a lie in and then treat him to  brunch. On the menu this year? A delicious grilled halloumi and melon salad, served with locally sourced bacon from Field and Flower and homemade cinnamon rolls. For brunch, I love pairing something sweet with something savory like a salad made with halloumi cheese.  The salad is made with melon, rocket, fresh herbs, and halloumi that is grilled in garlic, olive oil and sea salt. Find all of the details at Abel and Cole.

  • Slice a melon into thin wedges. Carve the peel off.
  • Crush 6 garlic cloves. Heat up a large frying pan and add a few drizzles of olive oil. Add the crushed garlic and halloumi. Fry until golden on each side, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Layer the halloumi and melon on a bed of rocket. Top with a handful of fresh mint and basil leaves. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt.
Orla Kiely Sleeveless Dress, £75
Orla Kiely Sleeveless Dress, £75

For the perfect sunny Father’s Day brunch, I plan to wear my favourite Orla Kiely Dress. The dress is perfect for feeling pretty and cool on hut summer days. Plus the Flower Girls print is adorable!

A Ginger Twist on the Classic Pimms

Jo, Merchandising Manager: This Father’s Day, I’ll be spending the afternoon with my dad enjoying a BBQ. On a sunny June afternoon, nothing’s better with BBQ than Pimms. For the best Pimms and lemonade, as well as the usual strawberries, citrus fruits, cucumber & mint, try adding some ginger beer (equal parts to the lemonade) to give it an extra kick. Here’s my recipe:

  • Mix 1 part Pimms with 1.5 parts chilled lemonade and 1.5 parts chilled ginger beer
  • Add sliced cucumber, orange and strawberry along with mint and serve over ice.
Jessica Stripe Dress, £80
Jessica Stripe Dress, £80

What will I be wearing at our family BBQ? I’m planning on the Jessica Dress. The handwoven fabric has a relaxed feel and I love the stripes! The Jessica Dress is perfect for sipping Pimms at family BBQs.

Looking for a non-alcoholic alternative? This Abel and Cole recipe for Very Impressive Elderflower Presse sounds delicious…and the chef is wearing a People Tree dress!

A Spicy Burger on the Grill

Beth, Graphic Designer: My dad will use any excuse to crank up the BBQ, so there’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day together! He loves spicy food and I know he’ll love this great burger and salsa recipe from Riverford Farm.

  • In a bowl, combine 1 finely chopped onion, 2 diced tomatoes, 1 finely chopped and deseeded red chili with a splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and add chopped fresh parsley or coriander to make the salsa.
  • Grill some locally sourced, organic beef burgers (or veggie burgers, if that’s your style) and buns
  • Serve burgers topped with lettuce, mayonnaise and salsa
Christy Dress, £78
Christy Dress, £78

My Father’s Day plans call for the Cristy Dress. This check pattern is fresh and modern, and contrasts really well with the vintage fit & flare shape – very flattering!

Simple Strawberry Dessert

Alice, Buying Assistant: For Father’s Day this year, it’s my job to bring dessert. It’s summer, so I don’t want to fuss around in the kitchen. For a simple summer dessert, try the following:

  • Start with mini meringues – preferably homemade. These can be made up to a couple of days in advance as long as they are kept in an airtight box
  • Chop fresh organic British strawberries and place on top of mini meringues
  • Use a fork to break up and mash a small handful of strawberries. Add a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, or more to taste.Pour over the top of the strawberries and meringues, add a sprinkling of sugar if needed, and fresh mint to dress.
Lois Dress, £75
Lois Dress, £75

This Sunday I’m planning to wear the Lois Dress. Nothing says summer quite like a floral dress and the Lois is really on-trend in sunshine yellow!

Why spend Father’s Day in the kitchen?

Nathalie, Wholesale Manager: I’m not sure my dad even knows Sunday is Father’s Day – he’s just glad I’m coming home to see him! Why bother cooking? My brothers and I will take him to the pub for a lunch. I will be wearing a the Michelle Shift Dress with gladiator sandals.

Michelle Shift Dress, £110
Michelle Shift Dress, £110

Want to take your dad to a pub for lunch? Why not try the Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s first and only organic certified pub? This is where the lucky winners of our Fair Trade Day contest will go for dinner in London.

Want to save £10 on the dresses featured in this blog? Visit our website to find out how you can enjoy £10 off our favourite summer styles. This offer ends Monday the 16th of June.

P.S. Why not pop over to the Abel and Cole website? Abel and Cole are hosting a Dress Up your Salad competition this week for a chance to win a People Tree dress and a salad box. Hurry, contest ends 18 June 2014.

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