The original subjects hadn’t a need for sustenance until after their first hibernation. Upon waking, they were ravenous and set about collecting penguins and trapping birds from the coast. Upon accessing the Femaki’xirpaxul, the subjects found seed-stock, and base proteins, in her many storage halls, and in her database found a wealth of information on Femati cuisine. The consumption of food was communal after large-scale farming began, with centralized locations serving up food to the subjects and the young Ramax Gen. While First Gen citizens continued to eat meals communally, after domed cities had developed, residences came with eating rooms and areas devoted to the preparation of meals. Utensils, drinkware, and cookware made of Polar-Stone became popular.
Excessive scavenging in the years of the Second Gen brought various species of fruit, grain, and spices, and because the Second had more years to prepare for donations, an agricultural industry developed around Pikalit and dining became intimate pod-centric affairs. Livestock engineered from non-polar wildlife were designed to thrive underground in the pastured subglacial valleys beyond the domes. By the time the Fifth Gen came of age many varieties of meat, grains, fruits, and vegetables were available; cooking and food pre-preparation became institutions.
The advent of protein sequencing technology in the era of the Tenth Gen ushered in a wave of modernized food-preparation where presentation became standardized. The development of sustenance replication altered social roles in Femarctic pods, allowing Tenth Gen Subaki to move away from being a pod’s primary nutritionist. Replication enabled any caste to prepare a meal for the pod. These replicators are now standard at foodaxi`paxo (food service industry), as eating out is popular among the maturing Eleventh Gen.
Marixi eat twice daily; communally at day rise with a large meal, then communally again at the end of the day, with a more substantial meal. Marixi tend to drink more than they eat. Among Hizaki there is the institutional ‘mid-day meal’ taken in the middle of their work day. They won’t eat again until late evening, and often in the company of other Hizaki, in a club-type setting, where they can socialize and drink.
Bizaki convene each morning in public parks, or other meeting areas, to a day rise meal of juice or milk, before or after they perform their meditative stretching (bizarix). Bizaki will eat intermittently throughout the day, this form a ‘grazing’ was also adopted by the Subaki, but the Subak diet changes after the collection of donations. Subaki eat when their donations eat, and if their offspring are a diverse caste spectrum, they eat more often.
Donational years are when Subaki gain enough weight to alter their physical appearance; ironically their attractiveness is at its peak, but due to the exhausting role of donational rearing, their sex-drive is dormant.
Zaxiri often eat up to seven communal meals a day and drink more than any other caste (they are the most hydrated of any caste). A Zaxir eats only during the day, but if attached to a bond group or a pod, her eating will fall in line with the members of her group.
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