|Photo by Alex Mathews|
|Mason William Mathews|
Just in case you somehow missed it, I spent 5 of the happiest days of my calendar year visiting my son and his family in California. Surprise, surprise, I cooked. I have a lot of theories about cooking for children and my grandson, Mason, aged 5, bore several of these out. Now Mason has always been an adventurous eater. Ever since I saw him tackle a bowl of Guacamole at age 2, I’ve been impressed by his palate. But he did lay down the law when, at 3, he was confronted with a Chicken Curry I made. “I don’t like spicy”, he declared. So this trip I was determined to make amends. And what better way to do so than by serving him Chicken Wings. One of my theories is that small children are overwhelmed by big food. Unlike a full-sized piece of chicken, the Chicken Wing is just the right size for a 5-year-old hand to handle. Now, how to make them memorable, kid-friendly and something even grown-ups would find irresistible.