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This episode finds Andreas at his farm in Southern Norway. There, he and Miles Irving, a British forager, look for wild herbs. Then, they cook a meal from ingredients they find in the fields, as well as beef from local farms. Dishes include: wild Norwegian carpaccio, grilled sirloin with forest salad, and Sunday roast with oxtail sauce.

Codfish ranks among Norway's most important exports. Host Andreas Viestad follows the codfish from its origin near the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway to the table in Italy.

Starting in the Sami territories of the Arctic, Andreas makes reindeer burgers with wild mushrooms, king crab cocktail and Arctic char with lamb-flavored potato gratin, all using produce he finds along the coast.

Danish chef Claus Meyer joins Andreas in Ribe, the oldest town in Scandinavia. While in Denmark, Andreas and Claus prepare fresh oysters with herbs, an herbal yogurt smoothie with honey, a wholesome corn porridge dessert with fresh berries, and finally, a slow-roasted beef sirloin served with beans, nuts and thyme.

Andreas travels to the port town of Skien in Eastern Norway, the hometown of Norway's most important playwright, Henrik Ibsen. To honor this, Andreas uses recipes from the 19th century to make herring salad and a dessert made with buttermilk. For the main course, he goes hunting and prepares a tasty dish of wild duck cooked over an open fire and served with seasonal vegetables.

Like the Vikings, Andreas travels by boat to visit the islands of Lofoten, where he prepares a traditional cod dish. He also visits a historical important Norse settlement in the high north, and inside a replica of a thousand-year-old long house, he makes roast beef ribs over an open fire, Viking style. Barley is the grain of the north, so Andreas makes a Norwegian barley and beetroot risotto with local goat cheese.

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