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Langeberg mountain water to the rescue

South Africa is facing its worst drought in 33 years, affecting crop and livestock farmers all over the Western Cape and in the rest of South Africa. For many farmers, natural water shortage is a major problem, and with much needed rains staying away and dams at an all-time low, many of them fear the worst for the next harvest. Mardouw in Swellendam, however, is in a unique position to cope with drought spells.

“Our trees have successfully blossomed a month ago and are now settling in preparation to start growing fruit,” says Chris van Niekerk, general manager at Mardouw. “While the unusual drought does pose a number of challenges, Mardouw’s olive trees are quite privileged with the unlimited supply of ice-cold, fresh mountain water gushing down the surrounding Langeberg Mountains. We believe that this drought will hardly affect our next harvest, and look forward to a promising season.”

Impact of draught on olive trees in Swellendam, South Africa

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Congratulations to our winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Facebook “Like” campaign. People who have liked before 15 SEP and stood a chance to win Mardouw’s full premium olive products range, including extra virgin olive oil, culinary table olives, balsamic vinegar, olive chutney and olive paste. Today, we selected a random Facebook profile out of the total page likes, and miss Mostert from Krugersdorp turned out to be the lucky one.


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Roast Chicken with Olives

1 x 2,5kg chicken
1/2 cups Mardouw Premium black olives, pitted
5 tablespoons Mardouw Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
leaves of 5 sprigs thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup white wine
2 teaspoons butter
extra salt and pepper 


Heat oven to 200 ° C. Place olives into chicken. Place chicken in roasting pan and roast for 1 ¼ hours. Place chicken on serving platter, spoon olives around. Place roasting pan on the hot plate and add wine and butter. Beat with hand mixer until butter is melted and starts cooking wine. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken or serve separately in a sauce dish.

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Olive Oil & Wine Greek Savoury Cookies

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup Mardouw Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup wine (white or rosé)


Preheat oven at 180 ° C. In a large bowl mix with a wooden spoon the olive oil and wine. In a smaller bowl mix the flour with the baking powder and salt. Add gradually the flour mixture to the olive oil mixture. Mix with spoon until you have a soft dough.
Put the dough in the refrigerator for 15 – 20 minutes. 
Take about a teaspoon of dough and roll with your hands and shape in thin rings. Bake in the oven for about 12 – 15 minutes, until golden. Makes about 30 cookies.
*You can add olive paste for additional flavour.

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Amanda’s Olive and Butternut Couscous

  1. 375g Couscous
  2. 375ml Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  3. 1/2 Butternut diced
  4. 200g Shitake Mushrooms chopped
  5. 1 tim Chick Peas drained
  6. 125g MARDOUW Kalamata Olives
  7. ±100ml Greek Salad dressing
  8. Handful Red, Green and Yellow Peppers chopped
  9. Salt & Pepper to taste
  10. Parsley to garnish


Mix couscous and salt & pepper in bowl. Pour stock over couscous; leave for 5 minutes. Stir with fork until grains are loose. Drizzle olives, butternut, mushrooms and peppers with 1/2 Greek Salad dressing. Bake in oven until tender.
Mix all the ingredients together with couscous. Drizzle remainder of salad dressing over couscous. Garnish with parsley ….. and enjoy!

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Warm Potato Mezze

An easy dish based on potatoes, peas and roasted tomatoes. Ideal “meze” (finger food and appetizer) to share with family and friends. Warm potato is ideal when combined with MARDOUW’s extra virgin olive oil as it immediately releases all the rich aromas and fruitiness of a high quality extra virgin olive oil!


1/2 Cup MARDOUW’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 kilo waxy potatoes (about 4)
10-12 cherry tomatoes
1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
1 cup shelled peas (frozen are ok), defrosted,
4 Τbsp. Water,
3 to 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar,
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste,
3 Tbsp. fresh dill


Rinse and scrub the potatoes. Do not peel. Bring them to a boil over high heat in a large pot of lightly salted water. Reduce the heat and simmer until the skins begin to burst open and the flesh is tender, or 30 to 35 minutes. Remove, drain and set aside until cool enough to handle. While the potatoes are boiling, heat 1 tablespoon MARDOUW extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick skillet and sauté the cherry tomatoes until their skins wrinkle and char lightly. Season with salt and remove. Sauté the frozen peas in the same skillet, adding 4 tablespoons water. Remove and drain. Peel the potatoes when they are still warm and cut into quarters or sixths. Place in a serving bowl. Add the onions, tomatoes and peas to the potatoes. Pour in the olive oil and vinegar, season with salt, pepper, and dill, toss gently, and serve immediately.

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Balsamic Bloody Mary

1 cup vodka
2 1/4 cups tomato juice
•2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. prepared horseradish
•1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
•4 dashes of Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp. celery salt
Juice of 2 limes
•Freshly ground pepper, to taste
•4 cherry tomatoes for Garnish
•Celery for Garnish

•Ice cubes as needed 

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Warm Winter Lasagna


  1. 500g Lean Beef Mince*
  2. 1 box Lasagna sheets
  3. 1 Onion
  4. Fresh herbs – basil, thyme, sage
  5. Mardouw Extra Virgin Olive oil*
  6. Funky Ouma Woeste Salt ( Free of colourants, MSG and allergens)*
  7. Farm fresh full cream milk*
  8. Wildebraam Jalapeno Relish*
  9. Montaan cheese*


  1. Chop and fry your onions using Mardouw’s olive oil till they are medium brown.
  2. Add chopped fresh basil, sage and thyme.
  3. Add your fresh lean mince and season with our Funky Ouma Woeste Salt to your taste.
  4. Add Wildebraam’s Jalapeno Relish and mix it through.
  5. Prepare a white sauce on the side with 2 spoons of butter, 2 spoons of flour and 500ml fresh farm milk – available at your country butcher. Stir well until it thickens.
  6. In a bowl, start layering your ingredients as follows:
  7. Half of your mince mixture
  8. One layer of lasagna sheets
  9. Half of your white sauce
  10. The rest of your mince mixture
  11. Another layer of lasagna sheets
  12. The rest of your white sauce
  13. Grate Montaan cheese on top and bake at 180 C for 1 hour.
  14. Serve a fresh salad or freshly baked Ciabatta’s and enjoy!

    *Ingredients are available at The Country Butcher, Swellendam.

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Welcome to Chris, our new General Manager

MARDOUW OLIVE ESTATE is proud to announce and welcome Chris van Niekerk as its new Olive Estate General Manager. Chris brings with him over sixteen years of experience in the olive and agricultural industry. He came to us from Morgenster Olive Estate, where he served as Manager Olive Production and Procurement for three years. He has also served as Estate Manager at Croydon Olive Estate for three years. We are pleased to have Chris on board, and look forward to a prosperous future with him.

Chris van Niekerk