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The fabulously camp musical La Cage Aux Folles was based on a play of the same name, written in 1973. The story is based around a nightclub in Saint-Tropez, owned by Georges, and starring his long-term partner Albin as the star drag act. The name of the club directly translates to “the cage of mad women”, but folles is also a slang term for effeminate homosexuals.
A movie of the play was released in 1978, but most of you will probably be more familiar with the 1996 remake starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, called The Birdcage. The stage musical version opened on Broadway in 1983 and the West End in 1986, with both productions winning numerous awards.
You’ll be so dazzled by the ambiance you’re in.You’ll never notice that there’s water in the gin.Come for a drink and you may wanna spend the winterAt La Cage Aux Folles.
Red cabbage, cranberries, goat’s cheese, red feather boas, sparkly false eyelashes – well if that doesn’t shout winter at La Cage Aux Folles, I don’t know what does!
This recipe can be made at any time of year but it’s especially good for the holidays! I’ve used fresh cranberries but you can substitute dried ones if you like, just add them at the end of the cooking time with the goat’s cheese.
Heat the oil in a large skillet and add a chopped onion. Cook until it has softened, then add some red cabbage, minced garlic, cranberries, thyme, and vinegar. Continue cooking until the cabbage is cooked to your liking and the cranberries have popped.
Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as necessary. At the last minute, toss in the goat’s cheese, then transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley.