Flat cap has many names: English, gatsby, sixpence, Swedish, league – these are only a few examples. But one thing remains: it’s a classic hat with history and character! It all began in the 14th century, when a law in Northern England imposed the duty on all men over six years of age to wear woollen hats on all Sundays and holidays.
The decree concerned only those, who belonged to the so-called lower class, and offenders were subject to a fine. Think of the irony! Today’s fashion connoisseurs tend to spend a lot of time searching for the right flat caps for their wardrobe – in the right cuts and colours. Fortunately, in our store there are no fines waiting for you, only rewards – we offer a unique selection of flat caps at attractive prices.
Classic male flat caps – take your pick
In order to meet the high expectations of lovers of this characteristic headwear, we have made sure that the flat caps available in our store fit into your outfit, regardless of its dominant colour. That’s why in our shop you can find both subdued, beige Shelby, which will fit perfectly with classic stylings, as well as some bolder options, e.g. Ivy Five in a fiery red shade – for those who are not afraid to stand out from the crowd. Regardless of the colour of the flat cap you are looking for, there is a really good chance that a dream product is waiting for you at Sterkowski.com!
Flat caps for different seasons of the year
The big advantage of a flat cap is that it’s a kind of headwear that works well at different seasons. Their wear time is usually determined by the material from which they’re made; woollen flat caps available at our store are an excellent choice for winter or autumn. On the other hand, their lighter, linen versions will be an excellent complement to the spring/summer outfits. We encourage you to use the provided search filters which allow you to specify these preferences, so that the final decision will be easy.
Flat Cap & Newspaper Boy Hat Style Guide
Flat caps have had a renaissance in recent years, and for good reason. Not only are they warm in the winter, they are classicly stylish and nearly any well-dressed man of any age can pull one off.
Flat caps, unlike the bolder fedora, make a softer statement that is easier and less intimidating to pair with a range of fall, winter and spring outfits. Today, we’ll discuss what a flat cap is, its history, how to wear one and where to buy one.
How The Newsboy Cap Got Its name
What is a Flat Cap?
A typical flat cap in tweed
Newsboy Cap in brown
A flat cap is a rounded cap with soft fabric construction and a short, rounded front brim. There are two construction variations, both of which can be called a flat cap. The first has a level, trim silhouette owing to the single-piece flat construction of the top of the hat. The body of the cap is pulled forward over the brim, and it is either sewed or snapped to the top edge of the brim to create a triangular side profile.
8 Panel Flat Cap in Herringbone
The second style has a looser, more volumized silhouette that is created by sewing 8 triangular panels of material together from a central point on the top of the hat, which is covered by a cloth button. The body of the cap is also pulled forward over the brim, but less so than its flat cousin. This style is a flat cap but is also commonly associated with the term “newsboy” cap. In fact, the flat cap and newsboy cap are just the two most common names for this style of hat. Depending on the location, the flat cap can be referred to by more than 20 monikers: cabbie, paddy, Gatsby, dai, longshoreman’s, scally, Wigens, ivy, derby, Jeff, duffer, duckbill, driving, bicycle, Irish, or a crook cap. It is also known as a sixpence, bunnet, cheese-cutter, or a Vergon or Joao’s hat.
History of the Flat Cap
The flat cap is often associated with the working class
Even though the flat cap is a modern classic, it’s been around for centuries. The flat cap’s predecessor, known as a “bonnet”, was worn as early as the 14th century. The term “cap” came into use before the 17th century. Interestingly, in the 16th century, the British Parliament wanted to stimulate wool consumption, so they mandated that all non-noble men must wear a wool hat on Sundays and holidays, or face a fine. This essentially forced most of the men in the country to buy hats, and even though the law didn’t last for very long, the hat had become irrevocably part of the uniform of the working man. The cap continued to be popular through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Golf group in flat caps
The aristocracy even adopted the flat cap, in more expensive materials, as a casual hat option for wear at their country estates. It was often worn with tweed suits for hunting, stalking, and shooting. Even so, the flat cap remains associated with the working class in the UK.
Famous “Men at Work” skyscraper photo features construction workers in flat caps
In the US and the UK, the flat cap and newsboy cap peaked in popularity in the 1910s and 1920s. The era did help popularize the term “newsboy” due to the boys who wore them when selling newspapers, but the hat was worn almost universally by the working class.
Peaky Blinder’s tough boys from Birmingham favor their flat caps
Shows like Peaky Blinders have also helped cement the flat cap’s image as a working-class wardrobe staple. As the Depression set in, the flat cap lost in popularity but never disappeared entirely.
Prince Charles in a flat cap and country attire
David Beckham wearing a Herringbone Newsboy Cap
Public figures, aristocrats, and royals continued to wear them for leisure activities. Recently, celebrities such as David Beckham and Brad Pitt have been seen wearing flat caps, raising their profile as an accessory for the modern man.
Green triple checked overcoat with fur collar, dark suit, 90s tie and white shirt with flat cap and clear glasses at Pitti Uomo
How to Wear a Flat Cap
If you are a lover of classic style, then a flat cap will suit your wardrobe no matter your age or occupation. Sized properly, they flatter nearly all face shapes and they can be styled to suit casual, informal and formal attire. Here are some tips on how to wear a flat cap:
- If you’re wearing a tweed cap, make sure that the material of your hat contrasts enough with the material of your coat or jacket. Patterns that are too similar will look odd next to each other, so consider a solid color for one and a pattern for the other.
- Do shape the brim to your taste. Many caps come with a relatively flat brim, and you can round it gently (not too much!) to fit your head better and contour naturally around your face
- Don’t wear flat caps backward; Samuel L Jackson is the only man around who can pull off that look
- Don’t wear a flat cap in summer, even if it is made of “summer” materials such as linen; it simply isn’t designed for that season. Wear a Panama hat in the summer instead.
- Don’t wear a flat cap unpinned or snapped; this configuration isn’t part of the original style, even if the snap is working, and it tends to be a more feminine look
Casual flat cap style
How to Buy a Flat Cap
Unlike other hats, the fabric shell and sewn construction make the flat cap a much easier hat to fit and buy. These features also make them less expensive. The hatband and the brim create the structure of the hat, and it should fit comfortably across your forehead. Since this hat isn’t sized like other more formal hats, you’ll need to refer to the individual hatmaker to determine your size.
- The flat cap was originally constructed from wool, tweed, and cotton, so stick with a fabric finish; avoid non-traditional materials such as leather or denim.
- Choose a natural material composition for the best insulation and breathability; the addition of polyester (or another synthetic material) will make it less warm and breathable.
- If you are going for a classic look, don’t buy a flat cap with a loud brand, such as Kangol. You want to advertise your style, not someone else’s brand.
- Avoid buying patchwork or multi-pattern caps; this tends to come in and out of style and wasn’t part of the original look
- Most low- to mid-range hats will come in S-M-L sizing, so follow the manufacturer’s sizing for the best fit
What Newsboy Caps Should You Buy?
Wigens Flat Cap
Wigens sells on Amazon, so this Swedish brand is a little bit more accessible than many of the British hats brands. They offer a range of 100% wool flat caps. Check out this herringbone Longshoreman cap from Wigens here .
Christys Newsboy cap
For a classic newsboy (or Baker Boy) hat, consider the very reasonably priced collection at Christy’s of London. At just £40, you can get a traditional pattern like this handsome blue herringbone Christy’s flap cap made from wool and moleskin cotton for optimal comfort and looks in the cold weather.
Lock and Co Flat Cap
James Lock & Co.
For a splurge, consider buying a flat cap from James Lock & Co Hatters of London, one of the most famous hat shops in the world. Unlike most other brands, they offer their flat caps in high-end materials like cashmere and size them according to measurements rather than S-M-L. Click here to check out this cashmere flat cap from James Lock & Co for £199.
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Bump Cap – Findlay Hats
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Introducing the Findlay Bump Cap. Inserts that are designed to fit inside any Findlay Snapback, 5-Panel, or Dad Hat. These Bump caps simply provide a layer of plastic & padding between your head & the outside elements. They are lightweight, easy to install & remove, and comfortable.
These are not designed to replace a helmet and do not provide any level of protection compared to the protection that a helmet or bump cap does.
- Purchase includes 1 Findlay Bump cap – $24.99
- Option to include additional “Mystery” Findlay Snapback for $44.99
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- Hats featured in product images are not included with the order
- If you order a separate hat, and a bump cap without a mystery cap, we will install the bump cap for you when we ship it.
- Bump caps are designed to fit small to slightly above average-sized heads. If you have a size 7 1/2 head or smaller these should fit you.
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Please note: This is not a safety helmet (EN397) this is a Bump Cap (EN812). This bump cap is not approved by OSHA, DOT, CSA, ECE.
These bump caps DO pass the EN812 Test.
Head safety is serious. Do not wear a bump cap in place of a certified safety helmet. This is not the alternative to a helmet and this does not provide the same level of protection a helmet does. Tests shared in product images are meant to illustrate the Bump Caps strength, but please do not try to replicate any of these tests at home. We highly encourage you to WEAR A HELMET when doing any dangerous activities. Do not wear a bump cap in water.
This bump cap does not provide protection against the effects of falling or thrown object or moving suspended loads. It should not be used instead of an industrial safety helmet as specified by EN397. This Bump Cap is meant to absorb the energy of a blow by partial destruction or damage to the shell. Even though such damage may not be readily apparent, any cap subjected to severe impact should be replaced. For adequate protection, the hat containing the bump cap should be adjusted to fit the user’s head, and Findlay Stampede laces should be used below the chin to ensure the cap stays in place. Do not remove any components of the Bump Cap and do not apply paints, solvents, glues, or self-adhesive labels to the bump cap.
NO HELMET OR BUMP CAP SYSTEM CAN PROTECT YOU FROM SERIOUS BRAIN AND/OR NECK INJURIES INCLUDING PARALYSIS OR DEATH. TO AVOID THESE RISKS, DO NOT ENGAGE IN ANY DANGEROUS OR SKETCHY ACTIVITIES.
By purchasing this Bump Cap you acknowledge the above.
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Fried on fire by the quiver trees
Which turned out to be an ostrich .
(Namibia steak hokku)
We drove through Namibia in two jeeps with rooftop tents and fold-out kitchens and refrigerators. This was the first trip in such a format and, perhaps, it perfectly suits as an assignment “to tell about how we went on a summer hike.” Before that we rented jeeps (in Iceland and Australia on Fraser Island), but there were no rooftop tents and a built-in kitchen. And this actually makes the trip more comfortable. Are we ready to travel in such a car? Yes, sure! But next time you must remember to bring with you thick dust bags, your own burner and more practical supplies of cereals for steaming in a thermos and dried vegetables.
As a headline: our most romantic lodging at Namib’s Valley of Thousand Hills.
The rooftop tents were comfortable, although disassembling them was much faster and more convenient than assembling them. It was possible to disassemble and alone, but to assemble – together or even better three, tk. it was necessary to refuel the overhanging sides so that they did not hang down from under the cover and did not gather dust. The tents had a very flat floor and a normal mattress, so it was very comfortable to sleep. Only terribly cold, which we did not quite expect from Africa.Of course, we knew that in places, for example, in the desert or in a couple of places on the ocean coast, the temperature drops to zero at night, but we did not expect that this happens so quickly after sunset.
The next photo shows the inside of the tent. The car came with pillows, blankets, bedspreads, bed linen, and towels. We took our summer sleeping bags with us, but we didn’t have to. If you covered yourself with a whole bunch of blankets, as well as sleep in a hat and thermal underwear, then African nights could be survived.
There are elastic bands inside the tent, making it much easier and faster to assemble with them.All bedding remains inside the tent.
For those who are interested, I made a video of S. and Dima in the last campsite in Gross Barmen on August 4 in the morning they assemble the tent. We didn’t know then that this was the last time, because Windhoek didn’t manage to find a campsite the next night.
We saw travelers who, apparently, did not lay out their kitchens at all and preferred to eat in cafes at the campsites or have snacks. But this is not our case. We regularly bought groceries from supermarkets and cooked everything ourselves.The kitchens turned out to be quite comfortable and well equipped: there was practically all the necessary metal utensils packed in the designated places. A saucepan, a tablecloth, a folding bowl for washing, a lantern on the table, an oval-shaped tub with a lid, and a shabby frying pan were kept in a separate plastic box with a tight-fitting lid. Another similar box in the lid was intended for storing food. Such a storage system was necessary because when driving on gravel roads everything was covered with a layer of dust at a terrible speed, and therefore everything that was not in boxes or cases was terribly dirty.Some of the household items that were not included in the boxes had to be stored tied in garbage bags, but it turned out to be not very convenient with them in Namibia: they were all very thin and could hardly stand trips on gravel, so they had to be changed often. The gas cylinder was stored in the trunk in a fixed form. The refrigerator was also securely fixed in the trunk and powered by a separate battery. Our suitcases and bags, which were always in the trunk, were monstrously dusty by the end of the trip, so everything in our last apartment in Windhoek had to be thoroughly washed before the flight.
Here is a photo of the kitchen found on the Facebook page of our rental company Namibia2Go. We did not specifically shoot the kitchen, but in principle, in our photos below, it is also clearly visible.
General view of our last campsite in Gross Barmen. On the left is our car, and in it you can see a fixed gray refrigerator. Each car had three folding chairs and a table. Grilling is an important part of camping life in Namibia. Even camping sites were characterized by the obligatory presence of a place for a grill, and not at all by a table with chairs, a tap with water or light.All this also happened, but not everywhere, and not in a complete set. But the place where you can light a fire and cook your meat or sausages on the coals was absolutely everywhere. We bought firewood and coal, as well as cubes for kindling. Bonfires were sometimes burned in the evenings.
When there was water on site, it is still very convenient: you can cook faster and more efficiently. In some campsites, the water was considered drinkable, that is, it could be drunk even without boiling. We also bought large bottles of water in supermarkets.
Note to the hostess: on the next such trip, you need to be puzzled by covers for all luggage, or at least huge plastic bags of normal density for storing luggage and household items that were not included in the boxes. In the cabin, where the three of us traveled in four places, we took only the necessary things like caps, emergency insulation, towels that had to be dried somewhere, and the rest was gathering dust in the trunk.
And one more important thing to note: on such trips it was necessary (!!!) to take your compact burner (which we bought for 60 euros in Iceland), to buy a gas cylinder in a tourist store on the spot and not to know grief.It would seem: we had 2 gas stoves for two cars, 2 burners each, but the quest “boil water in the morning” was truly epic. It happened that we warmed up the kettle for almost an hour, and often the tiles with the kettle literally had to be wrapped in a tablecloth. Fire safety? No, you haven’t heard …
Why is that? There are several reasons: 1) only one burner worked normally in our kitchen, the rest did not want to light up categorically, until you spent a bunch of matches, the entire supply of anger and until the burners more or less warmed up.Either there was something in them from past tenants, or some other problems, but they really did not work well. We have completely run out of one cylinder of gas. Well, still: after all, we cooked for six, and the heating efficiency often dropped to almost zero due to the low temperature outside and the strongest wind! The flame just blew away corny. And this is where our small and remote burner would come in handy. After all, S. even thought to take her with him, but then this thought was forgotten, and it’s not obvious that we would still need a camping burner.But with her, we would solve the problem of boiling water and cooking: with your burner you can hide from the wind in a toilet house or put a damper from the wind (we also have this), and then everything would be great. In Iceland, these techniques have helped us a lot to eat hot food. In a word: we will not forget the burner on such trips. We have it really powerful enough, and we perfectly cooked in Iceland, northern France or Canada only on it, and did not know grief.
Dima eats pancakes straight from the pan.So it cools down more slowly. I still remember how in Iceland S., together with the burner, hid behind a stone from the wind and also ate directly from the burner 🙂
From the dishes I brought with me a frying pan with a ceramic coating, which is no longer good enough for me to continue using it at home. but ideal for travel, as it was significantly better than all the pans in jeeps and even in rented apartments. It was used many times every day: fried eggs on it for breakfast and cooked meat / liver that was not suitable for grilling.I took a camp Turk and a strainer with me to make coffee in the morning. The occasional South African coffee I bought at the first supermarket turned out to be quite coarsely ground, but quite tasty, I didn’t even expect. As usual, I brought a couple of silicone spatulas, a kitchen knife and a mandolin grater, on which I (or Dima or S.) grated a salad of cabbage and carrots every morning with me for lunch. I took a compact lemon squeezer to drink warm water with lemon juice in the morning. The lemon zest was crushed into a salad, and the squeezed halves were thrown into thermoses with tea.The thermos on this trip were generally a hit: in our liter they brewed tea, in Dimin’s wide they brought hot side dishes like buckwheat, rice or potatoes, and in our wide one – usually a second tea (without caffeine), and sometimes meat. There was also a small thermos of the Batayevs, they also sometimes carried a side dish in it, and I alone brewed a portion of oatmeal in it for the night, so that in the morning I could just add coconut milk and warm it up, but not cook it. I just couldn’t cook such porridge in the wind. I cooked one portion of quick oatmeal, and I didn’t eat more cereals for breakfast.I used my small camping pot for cooking, and neither she nor two more small pots were useful. Of course, plastic containers on the trip were also very useful for storing all kinds of things.
Lunch overlooking the Messum crater.
Cafes and restaurants NOT on campgrounds generally worked only for takeaway, and even then not all of them, but it didn’t matter to us. Supermarkets in large cities were very decent: large and with a good range of products. In small towns in the “general store” the choice was much worse.It was especially bad in small towns with fresh meat: it was either not there at all (only frozen), or there were mostly bones and other “details” that it would hardly have been possible to cook in a camping. Therefore, quite often in the store it was necessary to buy literally all suitable packs of chicken fillets, steaks, liver and twisted grilled sausages. By the way, what I didn’t expect was that there would be so little strange meat in the assortment! Only once in Windhoek I found ostrich steaks, and that’s it.All other places had chicken, beef, pork and some lamb. With fish in Namibia, everything turned out to be completely sad. During the whole trip, I never saw fresh fish on sale, only frozen, and even then not too much. I almost never saw any herring or smoked fish for sandwiches. It was only on the very last day that I bought a small piece of smoked fish for S.’s last breakfast, and it was very expensive, which is understandable. Namibia is a meat country, not fish or vegetable at all. The selection of vegetables and fruits compared to Germany was rather poor.Tomatoes were often sold stone, there was not much at all. Therefore, we regularly bought tomatoes (cherry or large stone) and cucumbers for salad in the evening with feta, and for lunch we crumbled cabbage salad with carrots. From fruits they bought apples, pears, bananas, oranges, papaya (I read in some review on Vinsky, how tourists in the evenings in Namibia drank wine and ate papaya, and I wanted it too) and small sweet pineapples from some other varieties than are sold in Germany. For lunch, in the morning, I also cut a container with fruits in advance, and for them, if there was any, we took out some small dessert cheese for tea.There were no exotic fruits or vegetables at all, except, perhaps, that the “stone” South African pumpkin. There was no yam, no cassava, or other practical starchy vegetables. Only potatoes and sometimes sweet potatoes.
During the trip we cooked a lot on the grill. We fried a bunch of different sausages (I didn’t eat them, I can’t tell you anything), ostrich steaks (not Oryx, as I was sure) at Quivertree camping (they were amazingly tasty), lamb steaks and a huge beef steak for 2.2 kg for everyone at Camp Brandberg, a couple of times grilled chicken fillet, which we then cut into cubes and brought to readiness with onion and sour cream sauce or coconut milk.We bought liver twice: the first time I made one pack with coconut milk, and then 3 packs were purchased at once. S. fried me a piece of grilled liver in the form of a steak, and the rest I stewed with coconut milk and this was enough for 2 more dinners for three. We sometimes took warmed ready-made meat with us for lunch, but most often there was either biltong or dryworth (South African jerky), canned food (S. says they were tasteless as biomass) or smoked sausages. I ate only biltong (I have loved it for a long time!) And dryworth, because I do not eat canned food and sausage, where there is something other than meat and spices.On days like these, when meat was unsuitable for me, I ate canned fish for lunch: sardines or smoked mussels, they were OK. We also bought tuna in our own juice, and usually ate it when there was nothing else left: for example, for dinner in Luderitz, where all the shops close very early. The last two packs I finished eating already in Windhoek in my traditional salad with tuna, eggs and vegetables. I brought 2 packs of biltongs (large game and small beef) as a souvenir from Namibia. The meat tastes the same as I ordered on Amazon, but 2 times cheaper.
A piece of meat 2.2 kg in the process of cooking. The meat was enough for all of us, and I finished the last portion the next evening.
It’s good that we thought of taking 2 kg of buckwheat with us. And it was necessary to take it even more. I don’t eat any classic side dishes, but everyone else needed them, and the ability to just steam a side dish in a thermos is truly invaluable in conditions when even a kettle does not want to boil. In Windhoek, in the supermarket, we bought 2 kg of rice for all. Cooking it has always been flour, even if we soaked it for half a day, but what is surprising: by the end of the trip we had completely eaten it too.I cooked the last portion on the stove at the camping in Gross Barman, filled up a can of coconut milk (it had to be spent), and S. and Dima had been eating it for the last 2 days as a side dish. We also cooked 6 kg of potatoes for the whole time: one pack was cooked at the Quiverstree camping, I used one pack in a casserole of potatoes and meat, which I cooked at an apartment in Swakopmund (and even made chips from peelings!), And the last pack was cooked again in the campsite seems to be in Brandberg.
Dinner in Swakopmund, which included a pineapple cut by me in the Thai style, and a potato casserole, and my zucchini with mushrooms.
In the first store in Windhoek, for some reason I bought a pack of green small pumpkins (gem squash) 2 kg. The pumpkins turned out to have a stone peel, and I do not know how we cooked them in the camping, but in Luderitsa there was a kitchen in the hostel, and there in the morning Dima and Vadim, at my request, cut the pumpkins (rather even chopped them!), Peeled them off and we baked in the oven, scraped the pulp into a thermos and it turned out well. And again we bought sweet potatoes, which I baked in the kitchen in Swakopmund. We bought paleo pasta: 2 packs of coconut flour (Banting pasta, they had to be cooked for 15 minutes) and 3 packs of different macaroni (Graceous Backers: Banting Moringa Fusilli and Beetroot Fusilli Pasta), which were simply steamed with boiling water.Coconuts were not bad, and those that had to be steamed easily turned into porridge, which, if it was not sufficiently salted and oiled, it was not very tasty to eat. But on the other hand, I haven’t eaten any pasta except shiratake for so long that I liked everything 🙂 As an “exotic”, I once bought a pack of very small zucchini (we do not sell this size), leek and champignons, and several times I fried a side dish that was familiar to me in a pan. In addition, I brought dried beets and sweet potatoes from Germany with me, and I successfully ate them as a side dish for more than half of the time.If I had known, I would have brought more of these slices, for camping it is perfect. We bought quite a few different canned food: corn, peas, beans, olives, a lot of different olives, cucumbers, peppers, beets and red German cabbage. All these blanks (from what I eat) are too vinegar for my taste, but when there is nothing better, I was happy with that. I also brought the remnants of a pack of wakame with me, and we steamed the seaweed with boiling water about five times. We ate a can of tapenade made from olives from Lidla, and in Namibia I accidentally bought a very tasty pumpkin seed pesto, and bought some more pesto a couple of times.We finished two packs of Chinese glass noodles, which lay restless at my house.
Note to the hostess: on such trips we should have brought quinoa and corn grits. This, too, can all be steamed in a thermos for a side dish.
I brought a bag of homemade avocado seed seasoning with me, it ran out quickly because I poured it into the cabbage salad, so I could have taken 2 times more. The bag of ground zest has completely gone into the coffee. Erythritol in coffee, cinnamon (in cottage cheese) and nutritional yeast (anywhere) is not completely consumed.
The photo taken on the balcony of an apartment in Swakopmund includes these same coconut pasta.
From dairy products, in addition to various dessert cheeses and parmesan banned in Russia, for the Moscow team, we bought sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, neutral yoghurts, ordinary cheese in huge chunks. The yoghurt was strange to my taste, but in general, when traveling, yoghurts in many places seem strange to me, for example, in New Zealand or Australia. What struck me was the abundance of dairy products made from goat’s milk: there were various cheeses, feta, and even kefir! Germany cannot boast of such a choice.
We bought chocolate from sweets (it was difficult to find very, very bitter, as S. and I love), and also a good nougat from South Africa. Four of us also ate the famous apple pie from Solitaire (this is a town like this, not a flatworm). It seemed to be normal. Dried fruits, nuts and crispy corn were taken as snacks. S. liked her so much that we even bought her on the road.
During all the time we used up half a liter of coconut oil and ghee, as well as 2 liters of olive oil. The first bottle was from South Africa, the second from Italy.In general, many products were from South Africa. We didn’t come across a lot of Namibian, but we can’t say that we read all the labels very carefully. There were also overseas products: Spanish olives, Polish peas, German cabbage.
Most of my breakfasts consisted of coffee, fruit, 2 scramble eggs in ghee with cod liver (brought 3 cans with me) or bacon, wrapped in a NUCO coconut or cassava tortilla with aiherb. These cakes are great, and I use them exactly on trips (for example, in Australia for the last time), because at home I can make myself a lot of different “bread”.During the trip I ate 3 packs of 5 pieces each. I tried cassava tortillas for the first time and they are much worse than coconut ones: smaller, much more fragile. I won’t buy them anymore, but coconuts have to be ordered from America.
I pretty quickly came to the conclusion that it was necessary to pour boiling water into a thermos in the evening, otherwise I would have to wait for breakfast indefinitely. And so I quickly drank warm water with lemon juice, poured boiling water from a thermos into coffee in a Turk, fried eggs – and voila!
Two more breakfasts were oatmeal (2 servings from Germany already with all the necessary spices), and two more breakfasts I had rolls of vegetable tortillas from Truly Good.Two different packs of “captivatingly carrot” and “activated charcoal” accidentally grabbed an EB in Swakopmund in the regular pita section, and these tortillas impressed me so much that in the last two days I unsuccessfully looked for such tortillas in Windhoek supermarkets to buy myself 4 packs. During the search, I even found another paleo-cakes that would suit me, but they had to be stored strictly in the refrigerator, so I had to give up the idea of buying them as a souvenir. I myself ate two rolls for breakfast, wrapping cheese, ham, tapenade and grated carrots in them, and already when I finished the second roll, I thoughtfully read the package and it turned out that these cakes still need to be fried in a pan for 10 seconds on each side and only after it is.For S., we prepared all the leftovers correctly: first we fried it, and then stuffed it with cheese, tapenade and ham and warmed it up so that the cheese would melt. These cakes were very useful for breakfast for S., who does not like eggs and oatmeal too much and does not eat gluten. I had my aicherb cakes with me, but for S. I had to come up with something. S.’s breakfasts at the start of the trip were sandwiches on gluten-free sourdough bread, half a loaf of which I brought with me from Germany. The only pity is that it ended quickly.For those who eat gluten, they bought regular tortillas, as well as toast bread, which became more edible after frying in a pan or toaster. They all ate a huge amount of eggs in the form of scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast.
My typical breakfast in a Swakopmund apartment:
My black flatbread roll is ready to eat. Even though I did not fry as expected according to the instructions, it was still good.
Serega at the Halali Camping in Etosha eats a black cake for breakfast:
When the gluten-free bread ran out and the miracle cakes had not yet been purchased, I spontaneously came up with it for S.fry avocado keto pancakes. I saw a similar recipe once on Instagram, as if I did not remember it, there was no Internet at that camp at all, so I decided to improvise from the available products. It turned out very well, and during the trip I fried a whole bunch of such pancakes, served with sour cream. I fried them mainly for S., and sometimes I also helped to fry them, and there was Dima. You can take an avocado both ripe and oak. A kind of “pancakes” come out of a tough avocado, and a ripe one is also tasty, but less convenient to fry.And it’s really delicious, which is quite to be expected if we both love fried avocado. S. said that such a breakfast fails very quickly, despite the large number of calories. Perhaps, there is simply no habit of the prevalence of fat metabolism.
Here are my very first avocado pancakes, which Dima and I fried with difficulty at the Klein Aus camping.
My recipe came out like this:
1. Grate a tough avocado. If the avocado is soft and ripe, just mash it with a fork.
2. Add 1 egg and salt and stir everything.
3. Cut or grate about 30-40 g of hard cheese and add to the dough.
4. Fry on both sides in coconut oil.
5. Serve with sour cream or whatever your heart desires.
And here are the pancakes fried in Skakopmund:
In the next photo there are pancakes with a plate of potato chips that I made since we had an oven in our apartment.
By the way, with regard to keto (although I have never been on this diet) or paleo, in Namibia I was amazed at the rather large number of foods for these diets.Yes, of course, this pile of products was not in the “general store” in small towns, but in larger towns. But in Germany, even in the largest supermarkets, there are no keto-dips, paleo-pasta or tortillas and other things. I am very sorry that I did not have time to try everything that is. And it’s infinitely unfortunate that Truly Good, based in South Africa, only operates locally in its part of the world. The cakes were generally beyond praise! And the paleo Banting spicy pumpkin crackers were good and the pasta, especially the coconut ones, was also good.Unfortunately, I did not photograph the packs of pasta and bread, and the company is different from that of the manufacturer of flatbreads.
The tortillas have a wonderful composition: Turnips, Cauliflower, Sunflower Seeds, Psyllium Husk, Mature Cheddar Cheese, Coconut Oil, Egg White, Baker’s Yeast. One piece contains 83 kcal. In addition to those that we bought, there are also beets and beets with ginger. There are also pizza bases, lasagna sheets, noodles and “rice”. In a word, there would be something else to try.
S. says that during the trip he had a lot to eat.Our fellow travelers prefer almost unsalted food, so we had to add some salt already on the table, and it was not always possible to mix it properly afterwards. In addition, EV has an intolerance to garlic, and we love garlic very much, but we had to add it only to one corner of the salad for lunch so that only we could get all the garlic cubes. S. says that in addition to the normal amount of salt, he also lacked caramelized onions, which he very willingly sprinkles on everything on trips to make food tastier, as well as melted cheese in garnishes, again for taste.Rice and cheese was only the last two days, when the three of us stayed. Again: at home S. does not eat side dishes with cheese, but on trips, when there is no way to make something delicious, he has to add the flavor of cheese and onions. So next time we should probably not forget the caramelized onions. I have not seen him in Namibia, but it is possible that I simply did not find him. The big supermarkets were really big.
Well, now it’s time for a table with prices in the supermarket for those interested. No wonder I saved up all the checks on the trip! I divided the products into categories, translated the prices from Namibian dollars into euros (for myself) and rubles (for readers from Russia), and also wrote comments about the prices in comparison with Germany.S. says that food in Russia is more expensive, and Germany is generally one of the cheapest countries in Europe, if you count by food. But in any case, it makes sense for me to compare with prices in Germany, because I can’t imagine prices so well anywhere else. If any of the readers have any ideas about how normal the prices in Namibia are relative to Russia or other countries using the euro, then very welcome! It would be interesting for me!
Based on the results, I can say that the prices in Namibia on average were the same as in Germany, which was very unexpected.Yes, to the point, something like oranges, lemons and biltongs are quite cheap, but most of the lots were comparable to Germany, and something (like many vegetables and fruits or nuts) is much more expensive. At the same time, Namibia has very strong population inequality. Slums on the outskirts of cities and God-forsaken villages looked very dreary, although they gleamed welcomingly in the sun with tin, from which many “sheds” were collected. It is difficult for us to judge the average salary, but if we evaluate it by the cost of repairing punctured wheels (a little more than 5 euros per wheel), then we can assume that the salary in car repair shops is hardly good.The shops have sooooo many beggars who, by hook or by crook, are trying to lure money out of tourists. “Let me watch your car?” “And let me take your cart?” “And buy my handicrafts” “And just give me money?” or (I especially remember this): “Can you buy me this chicken?” (this was asked by an aunt in the supermarket). So does the local population have enough money for food at the current level of wages and prices? We do not know this.