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By Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Published 2012

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During the late 19th century, as part of their Protestant beliefs, the Templers arrived in Jerusalem from Europe and established the German colony, a picturesque little neighbourhood south west of the old city that to this day feels unusually Central European. This is the ‘civilized’ part of town, where you go for a coffee and a slice of Sachertorte if you wish to escape the harsh Levantine reality.

Germanic influences on the city’s food are evident in Christian contexts — the famou