Paper Crane

As many of you already know, Manu’s Menu will take part to the Online Bake Sale for Japan organised by Sabrina at The Tomato Tart.  More than 90 food bloggers around the world have come together to support the initiative.  Each of us will bake one or more goodies that will be put up for auction on March 30th on The Tomato Tart’s website.  Then we bloggers will ship the treats to the winners of the auction.  All money raised will be donated to Second Harvest Japan, a non profit organisation that is already helping the worst hit areas of Japan.  For a sneak peek of ALL the goodies to be auctioned, please click here!


Paper Cranes

As the day of the auction is approaching fast, I thought of writing a post to display the goodies that I will donate for the cause.  I have already linked the original recipes to the event, but if you have read my post “Japan – How we can help” you will know that this is something I am very passionate about.  So, in an attempt to spread the word and invite all of you to BID and be GENEROUS, I am reposting my recipes here, today… the day our flight would have landed in Tokyo.

Paper Crane and Marzipan flags

At the Online Bake Sale for Japan, you could be lucky (or better said, generous) enough to become the happy receiver of either a batch of my Almond Cookies or a batch of my “HAND decorated” Martorana – Marzipan.  And guess what?  It does not matter where you live… Manu’s Menu will also ship outside Australia.  So, BID, BID, BID and……… BID till you WIN!!!!!!



Almond Cookies - Manu's Menu

If you have read my recipe you will know that this is a traditional Sicilian sweet.  This homemade version tastes even better than the one you buy at the pastry shops in Sicily… and if you have ever been there, then you know how good these must be!  When I first heard of the auction I immediately knew I wanted to donate these cookies for it.  Why?  Well, they resemble the Japanese flag, they are not brittle and will get to their geographic destination in perfect shape, and above all, they taste DIVINE!

Almond cookies

If you like almonds, you MUST bid for these.  They are not very sweet, and are just right for tea time.  They are crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside… mmm… my mouth is watering just thinking about them!!!  Whenever I make them they are a big hit and finish in a matter of minutes.  Please, come over to The Tomato Tart’s website on March 30th and bid for them!

Almond cookies



Martorana - Marzipan

Yes… yet another almond based treat and another traditional Sicilian sweet.  I love it.  It was my favourite sweet as a child and if you look at the colourful shapes, you will easily understand why.  You children will love it too, trust me.  My 3 year old daughter could not stop admiring them… until she gave the first one a bite… then there was no way to stop her from devouring them!

Martorana - Marzipan

Martorana - Marzipan

I chose this sweet for the Online Bake Sale for Japan as I wanted to contribute something special, something that caught the eye of the potential bidders… after all, we are trying to raise as much money as possible here!  Be generous and when you bid please keep in mind that some of these pieces are fully hand-made (I only have moulds for some of the shapes) and I have hand painted all of them… so they are “precious”!!!

Martorana - Marzipan

Martorana - Marzipan (Japan Flag)

You may get the same shapes as in the pictures or there could be slight variations of shapes and/or colours.  Each piece is unique… after all, that’s what “hand-made” means!  Please, come over to The Tomato Tart’s website on March 30th and bid for them!

Martorana - Marzipan (Japan Flag)

Martorana - Marzipan (Japan Flag)

Martorana - Marzipan (Japan Flag)


So, once again… remember, put a reminder in your calendar and come over to The Tomato Tart’s website on March 30th to place your bids for Manu’s Menu’s Almond Cookies and Martorana – Marzipan and for all the other wonderful treats that will be baked all around the world for you and shipped directly to your home!

Here is a list of all the other people who will contribute to the auction with their goodies, make sure to check them out!


52 Sweets
A Half Baked Life
A Taste Of Koko
All Day Long I Dream About Food
Annie B. Bond
Babe In Soyland
Boul­der Locavore
Bread And Love And Chocolate
Brooke’s Bis­cuits Bars And Brownies
Bud­get Gourmet Mom
C&C Cak­ery
Chipped Bowl
Como Water
Cook­ing Ital­ian In The Midwest
Cook­ing With Sean And Joey
Cre­ate Amaz­ing Meals
Dulis Serenus
Eat The Love
Eno­tria Guide
Eunice Montes
Food And Scent
French Press Memos
Full Cir­cle Adventure
Give Me Flour
Gluten Free Baking
Hezzi D’s Books And Cooks
Hun­gry Rabbit
I Am A Feeder
Ilke’s Kitchen
Jules Bea Gluten Free Make Shop
Kitchen Cor­ners
Kitchen M
Kumiko’s Diary In The USA
La Vie En Route
Lemons And Anchovies
Lick My Spoon
Lit­tle Girl Big Appetite
Mak­ing Whoopie Pies
Manu’s Menu
Marnee’s Cook­ies
Melissa Breyer New York Times Writer, Author of the Book True Food
More Than A Mountfull
Munchkin Munchies
Nachista’s Nest
Noon Cafe
Nosh This
Not Quite Nigella
Notes From The CookieJar
Nuts About Food
Offally Tasty
Pinay Cook­ing Corner
Plate Fod­der
Rice And Wheat
Salty Seat­tle
Sin­fully Yours Chocolate
Steph’s Bite By Bite
Sugar Daze Cupcakes
Sushi Day
Sweet And Crumby
That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!
The Adven­ture­some Kitchen
The Baked Life
The Choco­late Cult
The Crue Cart
The Dailly Palette
The Dusty Baker
The Gluten Freed Gourmet
The Lit­tle Foodie
The Spice Garden
The Tomato Tart http:/
The Urban Baker
The Year In Food
This Lit­tle Piggy Went To The Farmer’s Market
U Try It
When Adobo Met Feijoada
Whit’s Amuse Bouche
Wine Book Girl
Yue Handi Crafts




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  1. says

    Manu I too am doing the bake sale for Japan and absolutely love your creations! So thoughtful and whimsical. Love that they are specialities of your area and the tribute to Japan. Someone will be very happy to win them I’m sure!

  2. says

    This is truly amazing Manu. I suck at creative baking otherwise I would have surely participated! I would like it if you share this with Hearth and Soup Hop. Visit my post to link :) Thanks!

    • says

      Ohhh I would have loved to (would have been a great way to spread the word), but I thought you could only link recipes… so I have already linked the crumbed pork involtini recipe for this week! And I have read you should only link one post per week! :-(


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