in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, is meant for Lord Howard, of Esrick or Escriek, a profligate who laid claim to great piety. Nadab offered incense with strange fire, and was slain by the Lord (Lev. x. 2); and Lord Howard, while imprisoned in the Tower, is said to have mixed the consecrated wafer with a compound of roasted apples and sugar, called lamb's-wool.
And canting Nadab let oblivion damn, Who made new porridge of the paschal lamb.
Absalom and Achitophel, part i. 538-9.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894