Oman Food: Cheese and Chill

21 Sep 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

After sinking his teeth into large cheesy bites pizza along with a sizeable helping of parmesan fries and cheddar pops last week, Alvin Thomas says cheese anyway he pleases.

Milk isn’t for everyone: give someone with an aversion towards milk a glass, and it is highly likely that you will get it back just as it is – untouched. However, let this very milk culture in the right conditions, and you’re left with one of the world’s most-favoured dairy products: cheese.

Uncanny, isn’t it?

Cheese that is over three years old currently sell for several hundreds of Riyals – and people are queuing up to buy it!

But, not all cheese has to be expensive, old and withered. A simple packet of cheddar or mozzarella will go a long way, and it can be used to tart up an otherwise dry (and bland) meal; i.e. burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.

And as was revealed earlier this week, why stop with a single serving of cheese? I recently attended the launch of Pizza Hut’s all-new ‘Big Cheese Box’ – which adds a large cheesy bites pizza (you know, the pizza with cheese bomb rolls scattered on the crust) alongside a sizeable helping of parmesan fries and cheddar pops – and the crowd loved it.

Several visitors even went for second and third servings (no, I wasn’t prying; shush!).

Adding dairy then, it seems, is the way forward.

You can also add cheese to your favourite fruits to create a well-rounded snack. Pair cheese sticks with fresh fruit, such as an apple, pear or grapes, for a quick bite. This is kid-friendly, and you can also make it hands-on fun by creating colourful fruit and cheese kabobs.

Take a look at our recipe, and get your children involved in the process.

Rainbow Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Council

Prep time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 8 wooden skewers
  • 170g Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 18 cubes
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 6 purple grapes


  • Thread each skewer with one piece of cheese, one strawberry half, one cantaloupe cube, one pineapple cube, another piece of cheese, one piece of kiwi, two blueberries, one grape and another piece of cheese. Repeat the pattern with the remaining skewers.

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