Margreta Talkins has:
a bowl of garden salad;
a wooden platter of spiced steak strips, pork loin, rockcrawler claw, mushrooms and fried onions;
The Serpentine Continent and islands have been terraformed and seeded with modified Terrestrial organisms but there is plentiful edible native sea life which is even exported to other colonized planets. In Welfare on Earth, Margreta had eaten:
A party of soldiers and their dates consume:
five roast chicken;
six burrito platters;
seven home-fry orders;
a carafe of red wine;
two half-liter steins of Pale Brewmaster.
Stirling, on this occasion collaborating with Jerry Pournelle, continues to feed his characters well.