And so instead of a tart I have what you may consider a poor substitute, but I assure you it is not: A Moroccan carrot slaw, which I served with the excellent chicken b'stilla from a few French Fridays ago. I suggest making it several hours ahead to let the flavors come together.
Here's what you do: Grate 3 or 4 carrots and cut one fennel bulb into strips. Add 1 -2 minced garlic cloves and a handful of chopped cilantro. To this, add an extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed orange juice vinaigrette - just enough to coat. Season with salt, pepper, sweet paprika and a dash of cumin, and top with slivered almonds. It's a crunchy and refreshing foil to any main course.
I definitely plan to be back for French Fridays next week - and just because I didn't make the tart, doesn't mean I don't want to check out everyone's lovely creations! Check them all out here, and in the meantime, Happy (un) French Friday!