I always know how old the modern state of Israel is since it was born in 1948, the same year as my dear daddy, making them both 67 this year (he should be healthy and happy until 120!). Called Yom HaAtzmaut in Hebrew, Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel. It is observed on or near the 5th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Iyar, which falls out this year on April 23, 2015.
This will be our 3rd Yom HaAtzmaut since we made Aliyah to Israel in August 2012 and we have the custom of celebrating it with the Chashmonain Gellers (my brother- and sister-in-law and their kids) not to be confused with the Ramat Beit Shemesh Gellers (that’s us!). Like most Israelis we spend the afternoon having a good ‘ol fashioned BBQ in some fabulous sprawling Israeli park. Our first year we went to Tel Aviv, our 2nd year Jerusalem, this year we are still in planning mode.
But it’s never too early to plan the menu.
There are many different terms for this type of sandwich depending on which region of the United States a person in from; submarine or sub, hoagie, hero, grinder, bomber, torpedo, poorboy, blimpie and wedge. In Philly we called it Sausage and Peppers so that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
In Israel we get fresh lachmaniot – soft, crusty rolls – and grill hot dogs (for the kids) and some American beef sausages (for the adults). The onions and peppers are seasoned simply with a splash of balsamic and dash of S + P. Perfect served with watermelon slices and Fresh Mint Lemonade for a refreshing contrast to the heaviness of the sausage and peppers.
Happy Israeli Independence Day!!!