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Andreas makes a variety of venison dishes against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains of the west coast, where the deer run free and the mountain farms cling intrepidly to sheer slopes. He prepares a millefeuille (puff pastry layered with a filling) of venison fillet with prune; venison liver with caramelized tangerine; smoked trout; a traditional hunter's stew with sour cream and goat cheese; and finally, the ultimate venison steak.

Andreas takes the trip to the "rye belt" in southern Finland to meet up with Finnish chef Sara La Fountain. They travel on the old Kings' Road, where they both make their favorite open-faced sandwiches using rye bread. Then, Sara introduces memma, an old rye-based Finnish dessert, followed by a roast served with a variety of vegetables.

Andreas travels through the Southwestern part of Norway and Rogaland during the annual sheep gathering. Andreas cooks beer-braised lamb shanks with sweet onions, pepper-fried lamb liver, a 'one-pot wonder' of lamb with rutabaga and mustard seeds, and finally, he puts a scientific twist on a traditional Sunday roast.

Andreas travels to northern Norway and Bodo, where despite the variety of fish, the locals' favorite remains the modest pollock. Andreas finds out why and then makes seared pollock with onion jam, lingonberries and asparagus, homemade fish fingers with remoulade sauce and pollock gratin.

Andreas travels to Norway's Highland, near Hallingdal, where survival of the fittest spawned many local delicacies. Inspired by history, Andreas makes homemade yogurt and cream cheese, a quick gravlax and finally, tender lamb shanks with a root vegetable puree.

Andreas visits Hedmark in Eastern Norway, a region with large farms, abundant food and vast forests. Andreas cooks over an open fire to infuse the dish with a smoky flavor. He provides tips on using smoke in cooking before whipping up sweet apple-flavored pork chops with potato salad. For the main course, Andreas prepares hot-smoked pork glazed with a rich homemade birch syrup, which he also pours over waffles for dessert.

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