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Culinary maestro Rick Stein continues his pursuit of all things tasty by travelling across the Continent, sampling local recipes and ingredients and adapting them to conjure concoctions of his own... generously marinated in local history.

Polish sausage and mustard

Makes 4

Dom Joly: I'm going to eat like an elephant for a whole year

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Sausage rolls

Makes 4

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