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Oman Food: Cheese and Chill

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