Sprinkle the cooked bake with extra fried sage leaves or chopped fresh continental parsley, if you like. Season the bake as liberally as you like with black pepper. It contains an alkaloid called piperine, which helps you absorb other nutrients. But watch the salt – using parmesan means you’ll only need a pinch. To make slicing the bake easier, set it aside for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.