The Hairy Bikers' Northern Exposure

April 2016

April 10, 2016

Expired 3.0 21 x
A trip around the Baltic wouldn't be complete without the Bikers tasting the ultimate smorgasbord - it's the very best of Sweden on a plate. They then meet Eva, a local fisherwoman (and fisher-feminist!) who had to fight for a place in the fishing community and is now a leading light. They try Eva's delicacies and inherit one of her grandmother's old pickling recipes before getting back on the road. The Bikers have always wanted to cook with wild boar and decide to tackle that Swedish classic -...

April 7, 2016

Expired 3.0 8 x
With thousands of miles under their belts, Dave and Si are delighted to arrive in Sweden, home to some of the world's top chefs and the Nordic cuisine that has put them there. Crossing the Arctic Circle into Lapland, the Bikers get straight back to basics with the Sami people, who have been cooking this way for centuries. They quickly learn that it's all about keeping it local, fresh and simple. The Samis introduce them to the traditional techniques of smoking to cure meat, manufacturing their ...

April 7, 2016

Expired 3.0 16 x
The Bikers fall immediately in love with the beautiful and tranquil lakes of Finland and enjoy what they think will be a complete change of pace from the intensity of St Petersburg. Dave learns how to have a traditional Finnish sauna experience, while Si makes himself feel right at home cooking up Finnish pastries. The peace and tranquillity doesn't last long, though, as the Bikers learn all about the national pastime of wife-carrying, fulfil their boyhood fantasies of riding tanks through the ...

April 5, 2016

Expired 3.0 13 x
The papers are awash with stories of Russia's latest anti-western political play and the Bikers are slightly nervous, but they've got their visas and they're going in! There is only one problem... their bikes are not. Dave has a surprise for Si - a post-war Ural motorbike (complete with sidecar) and the very first bike Dave owned. We see the boys' preconceptions of this country challenged as they spend a night backstage at the ballet courtesy of one of Russia's most powerful oligarchs, become a...

April 4, 2016

Expired 3.0 20 x
The Bikers travel on to the Baltic States. These countries are so close but we know little about them! Si and Dave want to change that - starting with Lithuania. They make a pilgrimage to the Hill of Crosses. A site bristling with crosses and historically under constant threat from the KGB, the hill has been a Lithuanian symbol of strength and resistance for over two centuries.

April 3, 2016

Expired 3.0 22 x
For two sausage-loving bikers, Poland is the ultimate destination, and the boys are like kids in a sweet shop. Si and Dave make sausages in the Polish countryside with a family who have been making them for generations. They visit the home of gingerbread and Copernicus, the astronomer who changed the way we all look at the universe. The boys examine Copernicus's theory and break it down in true bikers' style - using gingerbread.
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