Mahalia’s Pwason Gwo Sèl

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I drove to writer Mahalia Solages’ house with that wonderful sense of contended anticipation: we were to spend some time cooking together! It was such a breezy, tulip-soft day. As Mahalia taught me the recipe for Pwason Gwo Sèl she inherited from her grandmother, I listened intently, nodding, cocking my eyebrow, biting my lip, and opening my eyes wide at the simplicity of it all. Pwason Gwo Sèl is a delicious Haitian dish named after the coarse salt (gwo sèl) traditionally used to prepare it. The dish is both affordable and an excellent source of protein. Here’s the recipe, as provided by Mahalia: What you…

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Mahalia Solages is the author of two children’s picture books. Her fiction has appeared on WritingRaw and Onè?Respè? and she’s a regular contributor to Haitianista. One of her short stories received an honorable mention from Lorian Hemingway. Her ongoing projects include two women’s fiction novels and a young adult book. Before settling into the study of the literary world, Mahalia received her degree at the New York School of Interior Design, but continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida International University, and Nova University. She worked as a flight attendant for over a decade, then became a pilot and a flight instructor. Mahalia studied creative…

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