Melave Malka (Saturday night meal) is the name given to the meal that we eat at the Shabbos has departed. The literal meaning of the words Melave Malka is “accompaniment of the queen”, referring to our escorting of the Shabbos Queen out of our homes after the spiritually uplifting Shabbos. The Shabbos is often metaphorically described as a Queen and the purpose of the Melave Malka meal is to figuratively escort the Shabbos away with singing and eating, much as one would escort a royal guest who is about to leave.
According to Kaballah, the luz bone at the base of the skull is nourished by the Melave Malkah meal. The Neshoma Ye’sara (additional soul) that accompanies a person through the Shabbos does not leave until after the Melave Malka has been enjoyed.
Aaron used to be our resident Saturday night cook and we always looked forward to his delicious dairy Melave Malka dishes. He had quite a repertoire of Melave Malka selections like pasta, pizza and all types of popcorn. Now that Aaron is studying in yeshiva in Israel, Davida has cheerfully taken over this role. She has become an excellent Saturday night cook and has brought Melave Malka to a whole new level.
This Motzei Shabbos (Saturday Night), Davida and her friend, Chava, made the most delicious cheese calzones. She prepared the ingredients and before we knew it, we had delicious warm calzones to enjoy for our Melave Malka. I asked her to share the recipe and now I am happy to share it with all of you.
3 3/4 cups bread flour
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 1/3 cups water
Mix dry ingredients together. Add water and mix well.
Cover bowl and let rise for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Cut into two pieces.
Roll each piece out and top with cheese and your favorite toppings. Roll dough around toppings and cook for about 25 minutes at 500 degrees F.
Shavua Tov (Have a good week)!